MARTINEZ – It is now easier for the public to follow the money that is raised and spent in Contra Costa County election campaigns.
The Contra Costa County Elections Division has made all campaign and candidate financial documents available for the public to view in real-time on its website, www.contracostacore.us.
“We want to make it easier for voters to be fully informed and know who lawmakers receive financial contributions from and where they spent campaign money,” said Joe Canciamilla, Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters. “The goal of the database is to promote transparency and voter confidence.”
Previously, those interested in these documents had to come to the Elections Division office in Martinez to view paper copies. The Elections Division has worked since early 2016 on scanning paper documents from previous years to make them available online.
The documents posted online date back seven years for most offices and indefinitely for the Board of Supervisors.
The online system features enhanced search capabilities. Users can search for information by candidate name, committee type, the date of the election, or candidate identification number. The online data allows users to search for items such as how much companies or political groups support various candidates with independent expenditures, or search for an individual candidate by name.
The Contra Costa Elections Division handles financial disclosure documents for all committees and campaigns pertaining to county offices, fire districts, water districts and school districts throughout the county. Cities are responsible for handling financial documents for their elected officials.
For more information, contact the Election Division at 925-335-7800