What information is included in the Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System for local elections?
The Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System contains scanned images of all disclosure statements, including amendments, filed with Elections BC under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA), beginning with those filed in relation to the 2014 General Local Elections.
The FRPC System also includes a database containing information about contributors who, during a general local election or local by-election, made campaign contributions with a value of $100 or more to a candidate or elector organization. Other disclosed information includes the date and value of each contribution and the class of the contributor. If the contributor is an organization, the names of two directors or principal officials are also disclosed.
Contributions made to third party sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors are not campaign contributions as defined by LECFA and therefore are not included in the campaign contributions database. TOP
Where can I find the details for campaign contributions made to local elections participants prior to 2014?
The FRPC System’s campaign contributions database only includes information about campaign contributions made to local elections participants beginning with the 2014 General Local Elections.
Elections BC assumed responsibility for administering local elections campaign financing and third party advertising on May 29, 2014. Disclosure statements and other records related to events prior to that date must be available for public inspection at the local jurisdiction’s office until seven years after General Voting Day for the election to which they relate. They may also be available on the jurisdiction’s website. Contact the local jurisdiction for more information. TOP
Are contributions to registered third party sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors included?
No. Contributions made to third party sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors are not campaign contributions as defined by LECFA and therefore are not included in the campaign contributions database.
However, third party sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors are required to submit disclosure statements. You can view all disclosure statements filed with Elections BC using the Search for Local Elections Disclosure Statements screen and selecting Third Party Sponsor or Assent Voting Advertising Sponsor from the Filer Type drop-down list. TOP
Why can’t I find contributors who made campaign contributions of less than $100?
LECFA only requires detailed information about contributors who, in relation to a specific election, made one or more campaign contributions to a particular candidate or elector organization with a total value of $100 or more. TOP
Are there limits to how much a contributor can give?
No. LECFA does not limit the amount of campaign contributions that an individual or organization can give. The only contribution limits established under LECFA are for anonymous contributions. TOP
Are any organizations prohibited from making campaign contributions?
LECFA does not prohibit any individual or organization from making a campaign contribution. However, an elector organization cannot make a campaign contribution to its own campaign or to the campaign of a candidate it is endorsing. TOP
What is a principal official?
A principal official of an organization is usually a director of the organization or, if there are no directors, a principal member of the organization, such as president, treasurer, etc. TOP
What is a filer type?
A filer type is the type of individual or organization that files disclosure statements with Elections BC. For local elections, the filer types are:
- elector organizations
- third party sponsors
- assent voting advertising sponsors
What is a class of contributor?
The class is the type of contributor. The classes are:
- Unincorporated organizations engaged in business or commercial activity (e.g., sole proprietorships or partnerships)
- Trade unions
- Non-profit organizations
- Other identifiable contributors
What is an endorsement?
The endorsement is the name of the elector organization that endorses the candidate. Candidates who did not run with an elector organization, as well as all other filer types, do not have an endorsement, and this field will be blank in FRPC search results. TOP
What is a jurisdiction?
A jurisdiction is the applicable area in which an election or non-election assent voting is being held. Types of jurisdictions are municipalities, regional districts, school districts, park boards, advisory councils, or the Islands Trust. TOP
How can I find campaign contributions made by a specific contributor?
On the Search for Local Elections Significant Contributors screen, enter part of the contributor’s name in the box labelled Partial Contributor Name and click Search.
For example, if you enter “Smith” in the contributor name field, the FRPC System will search for all contributors and directors with Smith in any part of their name, including Smith, Smithson, Smithfield, Ladysmith etc.
The system does not recognize wildcards (e.g., *). Since the spelling of names can differ and some names include middle names, unless you are absolutely sure of the spelling of the full name of the contributor you are searching for, it is best to enter only the last name and then scroll through the search results to find the particular contributor.
For example, if you want to know whether John Smith made a campaign contribution of $100 or more to any filer and you entered “John Smith” in the box labelled Partial Contributor Name, you would not see contributors named John Adam Smith in the search results.
To edit or refine your search criteria, click the Modify Search button. TOP
Using the campaign contributions database, I entered a partial name in the contributor name box and did a search. The results show no contributors with that name but there are contributions listed. Why?
When the FRPC System searches by contributor name, it looks for contributors and directors (or principal officials) of organizations with that name or partial name. There may be directors or other contributors with similar names to the contributor you searched for. TOP
How can I find contributions made to a particular candidate?
On the Search for Local Elections Significant Contributors screen, select Candidate from the drop-down box labelled Filer Type. In the box labelled Filer Name, select the name of the candidate you want to search for and click the Search button.
The search results will include contributions that the candidate received in relation to all local elections they have participated in, starting with the 2014 General Local Elections. If you are only interested in campaign contributions made in relation to a single election, narrow your search results by using the Event Name or Contribution Date fields. TOP
How can I find contributions made to a specific elector organization?
On the Search for Local Elections Significant Contributors screen, select Elector Organization from the drop-down box labelled Filer Type. In the box labelled Filer Name, select the name of the elector organization you want to search for and click the Search Button. TOP
What are the different types of disclosure statements filed with Elections BC?
For local elections, there are four types of disclosure statements filed with Elections BC:
- Candidate campaign financing disclosure statements
- Elector organization campaign financing disclosure statements
- Third party sponsor disclosure statements
- Non-election assent voting advertising sponsor disclosure statements
The FRPC System also contains several types of financial reports filed in relation to provincial electoral events. For information about these, please see the provincial FRPC site. TOP
How do I view a disclosure statement filed by a particular candidate, elector organization, third party sponsor or non-election assent voting advertising sponsor?
On the Search for Local Elections Disclosure Statements screen, select the appropriate filer type from the Filer Type drop-down box. In the box labelled Filer Name, select the name of the particular filer you want to search for and click the Search button.
For example, if you want to search for a disclosure statement filed by a candidate named John Smith, you would select “Candidate” from the Filer Type drop-down box. This will filter the Filer Name drop-down menu to only display candidates, making it easier to locate and select “Smith, John.” FRPC will then display all disclosure statements filed by John Smith.
If there is more than one John Smith, or if the John Smith you are searching for has filed several disclosure statements, you may wish to also select a jurisdiction, office, event name or endorsement to ensure you are retrieving the correct record. TOP
Are the disclosure statements final?
The disclosure statements posted on FRPC are the most recent versions filed with Elections BC but are subject to change. If either the filer or Elections BC becomes aware of new or updated information, the disclosure statement is amended and rescanned to FRPC. The original version and all subsequent amendments are made available on FRPC. TOP
How do I search for all disclosure statements filed in relation to a by-election or non-election assent voting event?
On the Search for Local Elections Disclosure Statements screen, select the event using the Event Name drop-down box. For example, if you are looking for all disclosure statements filed in relation to the 2015 Lantzville By-election, or the 2015 Hornby Island Fire Hall Non-election Assent Voting, select that event from the drop-down box. TOP
Is it possible to determine who made campaign contributions at fundraising functions?
No. Candidates and elector organizations are not required to disclose the list of attendees for any particular fundraising function. However, the names of contributors who made one or more campaign contributions to a specific candidate or elector organization with a total value of $100 or more, whether at a fundraising function or not, can be found in the FRPC System. TOP
Is it possible to determine if someone received a tax receipt for a contribution?
Campaign contributions made to local elections candidates and elector organizations are not eligible for tax receipts. TOP
How can I tell if a campaign contribution was monetary or non-monetary?
You cannot tell from the information in the disclosure statement or the campaign contributions database if a campaign contribution was monetary or of goods or services. The total value of campaign contributions disclosed includes contributions of money and the market value of contributed goods and services. TOP
Who should I contact if I gave a campaign contribution to a candidate or other filer and my name is not disclosed as a contributor?
If the total value of all campaign contributions that you made to a single candidate or elector organization in relation to a particular election was $100 or more, but your name is not disclosed, please contact Elections BC at 1-855-952-0280. TOP
Who should I contact if my residential address is publicly included in a disclosure statement?
If you made a contribution as an individual, your residential address should not be publicly disclosed, even if you contributed $100 or more. Please contact Elections BC at 1-855-952-0280 and we will look into the matter.
If you made a contribution as a business or corporation that is operated out of your home, your address must be disclosed. You may wish to provide a post office box instead of your residential address. TOP
Who should I contact if I do not agree with the class of a contributor or have other concerns about the content of a disclosure statement?
Please contact the filer using the contact information on the filer’s disclosure statement and Elections BC at 1-855-952-0280. TOP
Why is the downloaded campaign contribution information saved as a text file (.txt) and not in a spreadsheet like Excel?
There are thousands of records in some of the downloadable campaign contribution files. There are no limitations on the number of records that can be saved in a text file (.txt). Some older versions of Excel will not allow more than 65,536 records and would not allow you to save all campaign contribution records. TOP