An individual or entity that qualifies as an “expenditure lobbyist” under San Francisco law must register with the Ethics Commission by filing SFEC Form 2110A no later than five business days after qualifying as such, and prior to making any additional payments to influence local legislative or administrative action.
How to Register
An expenditure lobbyist must file the registration reports with the Ethics Commission by sending a PDF copy of the signed forms to the Commission’s email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Ethics Commission will also accept paper copies of this form delivered (e.g. by mail) directly to the Commission’s office. Forms delivered by mail must be postmarked by the due date to be timely filed. Registration statements must be accompanied by the registration fee, if necessary.
Each expenditure lobbyist must pay a fee of $500 at the time of registration. The Ethics Commission shall waive the $500 registration fee and the $500 annual re-registration fee for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that file or reasonably intend to file an IRS Form 990-EZ or IRS Form 990-N or otherwise demonstrate that their annual budget is $500,000 or less.
If you are filing an amendment to a previously-filed registration report, check the appropriate box on SFEC Form 2110A. Amendments can be filed at any time, including with a monthly report.
A registered expenditure lobbyist may terminate registration and monthly reporting obligations by filing a final monthly SFEC Form 2110B and checking the appropriate box to indicate that the report is a termination statement. An expenditure lobbyist can only terminate after it ceases all expenditure lobbyist activity. The Ethics Commission will automatically terminate the registration of an expenditure lobbyist that fails to pay the annual registration fee by February 1.