News from Ethics Agencies

By Sarah Lang

Last Updated 04/23/2019

California Secretary of State

The California Secretary of State’s office (SOS) has been working on the design and implementation of the CAL-ACCESS Replacement System (CARS), which must be operational by December 31, 2019. CARS will allow filers to comply with all reporting provisions of the Political Reform Act within an updated system. Attorneys and staff from Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP, have been participating in stakeholder meetings with SOS on the progress of this developing system. To learn more about the project, or to sign up for e-updates, visit

Federal Election Commission News

The Federal Election Commission has released “FEC Notify,” the beta version of a notification system that allows members of the public to subscribe and be notified by email of new and amended electronic reports and filings submitted to the Federal Election Commission. Link to FEC Notify

Senator Ted Cruz has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission, the enforcer of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, challenging language in the law that restricts how much money lawmakers can accept from donors after Election Day as they seek to recoup loans they made to their campaigns. Link to NPR Story