California is national leader in promoting transparency and fairness in elections. The Political Reform Act requires candidates and committees to file campaign statements by specified deadlines disclosing contributions received and expenditures made. These documents are public and may be audited by the FPPC and FTB to ensure that voters are fully informed and improper practices prohibited. It is the responsibility of candidates and committees to understand the rules regulating their campaigns in California.

Candidates for City Council and Board of Education in Piedmont are generally required to file economic disclosures regarding the financial details of their campaigns. In addition, committees supporting or opposing candidates or measure on the ballot must file campaign disclosures.

Chapter 14 of the Piedmont City Code, which became effective on February 18, 2021, requires that the majority of these filings be handled electronically. Filings made after that date are available on the City's electronic filing portal. Filings prior to that date are available from the City Clerk's Office