The Fair Political Practices Commission, the state’s campaign finance watchdog, today revealed its new user-friendly website.  The website includes new search functions and provides easier access to information such as enforcement-case closure letters and advice letters issued by the Commission’s legal division dating back to 1975.

“The changes to our website are designed to provide the media and public with as much information as possible concerning campaign financing in California,” said Executive Director Roman Porter.  “The Commission will continue to track spending during the 2010 Primary and General elections, and this information will be easily accessible on our new website.”

Some of the new features include a “Top Ten” list, which will be changed monthly to include information on everything from the top independent expenditure committees, to the largest fines issued by the Commission.  A calendar application now allows users to quickly determine upcoming events and add them to their own calendar, all with the click of an icon.

The Press Center has links to the items most frequently requested by members of the media and a new area was created just for elected officials and candidates, and another for local and statewide filing officers.  In an effort to help users control the type of information they receive from the Commission the new website utilizes RSS feeds that users can subscribe to and be notified when something that interests them is added.

The new website can be viewed at  Porter indicated that users are encouraged to provide feedback on the Commission’s new look, which was completed in-house by IT staff member Aaron Howell with feedback from other Commission staff.