Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Campaign Advertising – Requirements & Restrictions

State and local law impose disclaimer requirements on campaign advertising, including campaign mailers, radio and television ads, telephone, robocalls, and electronic media ads. See this page to learn more about Online Political ads.

Recent changes to state and local law are not currently reflected in charts not indicated as revised in 2020. Please refer to the Political Reform Act and Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code for more information. Additionally, to assist committees which are subject to the Proposition F – Top Three Contributors disclosure (C&GC Code Sec. 1.161(a)(1)), please see this example disclaimer

Advertising Disclosure Charts

The disclaimer requirements are based on the type of advertisement and who paid for it, and are summarized in the following charts:

I. Communications by City Candidate Committees for their own Election (Feb. 2020)

II. Independent Expenditure Ads Referring to City Candidates (March 2020)

III. Independent Expenditure Ads on Ballot Measures (March 2020)

IV. Independent Expenditure Ads on Ballot Measures (by Candidates and Political Party Committees (March 2020)

V. Independent Expenditure Ads on Candidates (by Candidates and Political Party Committees)

VI. All Non-Independent Expenditure Ads (except Ads by Candidates and Political Party Committees) (March 2020)

VII. All Non-Independent Expenditure Ads (by Candidates and Political Party Committees) (March 2020)

VIII. Electioneering Communications (March 2020)

Restrictions

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