California Political Treasurers Association Officers



David L. Gould


David has been in the industry for over 40 years and is one of the chief architects of the Political Reform Act which was adopted as a statewide initiative (Proposition 9) by an overwhelming vote of the electorate in 1974. As the Founder of David L. Gould Company, David quickly established himself as the industry leader in the world of Political Reporting and Campaign Consulting. He has consulted with many very prominent elected officials from the State of California, ensuring their audit proof finance reports and victorious campaigns.

Stacy OwenS


Stacy Owens brings 20 years experience in Political Treasury services to her work with clients. Stacy is the owner of S.E. Owens & Company, a firm based in the San Francisco Bay area,  serving candidates and committees on the state, local and federal levels.  Stacy's Political Treasury team works in conjunction with candidates, political consultants, fundraisers, political attorneys, campaign staff and volunteers to ensure compliance with all political, financial or tax disclosures required by California and Federal political and tax regulatory authorities.  She is a longtime, active member of the California Political Treasurers’ Association. Her personal interests include animal rights, children’s issues and food safety and supply issues.




Rita started her career working for a local CPA firm and then as controller for a Real Estate Broker.  In 1979 she started her own business, River City Business Services, that specializes in political reporting and provides bookkeeping services to local businesses.  In addition she is a licensed tax preparer that prepares personal, business and non-profit tax returns.  She also operates RCBS Payroll Services that provides payroll services to local businesses and political committees throughout California.

Rita has been active in the California Political Treasurer's Association from the beginning and has served as treasurer for many years.

At home, she loves to spend time with her family and care for her animal friends.  


Michelle Moore-Sanders

Vice-President of Operations


A Native of Los Angeles, Michele has worked in the finance industry for over four decades. Beginning her career in retail banking, Michelle successfully managed several high profile branches of three of the major financial institutions in the greater Los Angeles area. Many of these assignments stretched along the Figueroa Corridor and included branches located in Hollywood, the Wilshire District and South Central Los Angeles. 

In 1998 Michelle's career focus took a political turn which aligned her with the David Gould Company where she served as the company Vice President of operations for over seventeen years. During this period Michelle became a member of the California Political Treasurers Association where she was elected Vice President of Internal Affairs and currently holds this position within the organization. 

As a founding Partner of Political Reporting Plus, a thriving political accounting and reporting firm located in Inglewood California, Michelle serves as Treasurer and advisor for federal, state and local officeholders, candidates and Political Action Committees.

The passion for community service was instilled in Michelle at a very early age by her Mother. Dedicated to continue her family legacy she has served as Executive Director of the F. Ruth Moore Volunteer Service Organization, Inc. (founded in 1965) since 1994. The organization is proud to have served nearly 100,000 inner circle at-risk children for over fifty years.

Michelle is the proud Mother of one son who is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and now serves as a Los Angeles County Firefighter. She has two granddaughters.

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Laura Stephen


Laura Stephen has over 30 years of experience with the California Political Reform Act and has specialized in preparing federal, state and local campaign and lobby disclosure reports.

For her previous employer, Laura handled the bookkeeping and payroll, along with taxes for various clients’ state, federal and non-profit organizations.  She was responsible for over 250 political action committees, 150 major donor committees and close to 850 lobbying entities.

Laura is a founding member of the California Political Treasurer’s Association. She has served as treasurer and is currently the Vice President of Legislation, where she recently worked closely with Assembly Member Quirk to pass a bill to eliminate paper filings. She has also worked closely with the Secretary of State’s Online Task Force, where she assisted with the testing and implementation of online disclosures.  

Laura loves the outdoors, traveling, visiting her children in San Diego and watching football.

Laura would be happy to speak to you at 916-831-0249 or you can email her at



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Sheila Scally


 With 26 years as a manager of the compliance sections for three major California law firms that specialize in election law and campaign finance disclosure and lobbying compliance, Sheila developed expertise in federal and state PAC administration and state and local lobby reporting. Sheila has handled numerous multi-million dollar independent expenditure committees and state and local ballot measure campaigns. In addition, Sheila’s experience includes preparing and filing IRS tax returns and filings for non-profit and political organizations. She is currently the Innovation and Compliance Manager with Politicom Law, a California law firm that handles corporate and PAC compliance nation-wide.

Sheila is a founding member of CPTA and served as a Technology Partner with the California Secretary of State during the design and implementation of California’s electronic campaign filing system.

Sheila Scally has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Government from California State University Sacramento.  A retired rock climber and marathoner, for fun Sheila now likes to cycle, hike and read.


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