Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Who Must File as a Lobbyist on Behalf of the City

A person qualifies as a Lobbyist on Behalf of the City if that person is hired by the City to lobby on behalf of the City, and:

  • The person receives or becomes entitled to receive $300 or more total compensation in any calendar month for influencing legislative or administrative action on behalf of the City.
    OR
  • The person has at least 25 separate contacts with local, state, regional or national officials for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action on behalf of the City within any two consecutive calendar months.

A business or organization qualifies as a Lobbyist on Behalf of the City if the business or organization is hired by the City to lobby on behalf of the City and:

  • It compensates its employees or members for their lobbying activities on behalf of the City.
    AND
  • The compensated employees or members have at least 25 separate contacts within any two consecutive calendar months with local, state, regional or national officials for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action on behalf of the City.

How is “total number of contacts” calculated?

A “contact” is an oral or written communication made for the purpose of influencing local, state, regional or national legislative or administrative action on behalf of the City. “Total number of contacts” is calculated by combining all contacts made during a two calendar month period on behalf of the City for all lobbying activities.

How is “total compensation” calculated?

“Total compensation” is calculated by combining all compensation received from the City during a calendar month for all lobbying activities.

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