Open Disclosure California (ODCA) was created to support transparency and integrity in elections. We reveal where political candidates recieved their funding from, exposing possible influence. We also show the funding sources for supporting and opposing parties of ballot measures. We hope to improve accountability in elections by publishing the financial data collected by local governments in a manner that is clear and accessible to the general public. By revealing the flow of money in politics, ODCA empowers constituents, strengthens democracy, and cultivates trust in our electoral system.

ODCA pulls the raw data for money accepted from candidate and ballot committees and on spending by those committees when they submit their campaign finance filings to NetFile, Oakland’s campaign finance disclosure database. Election committees must file according to Oakland’s Campaign Contribution Limits and following deadlines set forth by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). ODCA then visualizes that data to show relationships and connections with funders. ODCA does not clean or editorialize the data prior to publishing it. The first version of Open Disclosure visualized money in the 2014 Oakland mayoral election. ODCA now includes data for all offices and measures on the ballot.

ODCA is developed by OpenOakland, a Code for America citizen brigade that works to improve the lives of Oaklanders by advancing civic innovation and open government through community partnerships, engaged volunteers, and civic technology. This project has been developed in partnership with the Oakland Public Ethics Commission (PEC) since 2014. The PEC is an independent commission made up of Oakland residents and charged with ensuring fairness, openness, honesty and integrity in Oakland City government.

All development on Open Disclosure happens publicly on Github. We’re always seeking volunteers to contribute to our project and support civic tech.

Current Team

  • Aaron D Borden
  • Andy Luo
  • Alison Lawyer
  • Colin King-Bailey
  • Elina Rubuliak
  • Jesse Woltjer
  • Maddy Ford
  • Mike Ubell
  • Sarah Seiter
  • Suzanne Doran
  • Tom Dooner

Open Disclosure Alumni

  • Amanda Richardson
  • Andrell Bower
  • Ash Roughani
  • Asha John
  • Ben Cipollini
  • Brian Ferrell
  • Daniel O’Kelly
  • Dave Guarino
  • Eddie A Tejeda
  • Edward Breen
  • Emily Ann Ramos
  • Emily Bookstein
  • Ethan Lang
  • Ian Rees
  • Ian Root
  • Jamie Marcus
  • Jesse Biroscak
  • Jesse Rosato
  • John C. Osborn
  • Jonathan Wrobel
  • Kate Drew
  • Klein Lieu
  • Kyle Warneck
  • Lauren Angius
  • Linda Peng
  • Luis Aguilar
  • Lynna Jirpongopas
  • Maggie Shine
  • Maksim Pecherskiy
  • Mel Restori
  • Michael Liu
  • Peter Hall
  • Peter Thompson
  • Phebe Polk
  • Phil Wolff
  • Phillip Ventura
  • Ray Kiddy
  • Sam Higgins
  • Sean Finney
  • Steve ‘Spike’ Spiker
  • Sunny Juneja
  • Thomas Favre-Bulle
  • Timothy Kempf
  • Vivek Bansal
  • Vivian Brown

Thank you

Thank you to our fellow Code for America brigade teams for your support and assistance: