Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Public Financing – Campaign Finance Disclosure

About the Public Financing Program

San Francisco’s public financing program for candidates for the Board of Supervisors was adopted through a ballot measure (Proposition O) in November 2000. In 2006, the program was extended to include Mayoral candidates as well. The San Francisco Ethics Commission (“Commission”) administered the public financing program in elections for candidates for the Board of Supervisors in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Because no candidate for Mayor qualified for public funding in 2007, the Commission administered the public financing program in a Mayoral election for the first time in 2011.

Under the program, candidates certified as eligible to receive public financing may receive up to the following amounts in public funds: $975,000 (Non-Incumbent Mayoral Candidates), $962,500 (Incumbent Mayoral Candidates), $155,000 (Non-Incumbent Supervisorial Candidates) or $152,500 (Incumbent Supervisorial Candidates). Among other things, to receive public funds, candidates must demonstrate that they have raised a certain amount of contributions from individuals who reside in San Francisco.

Public Financing Disbursements

Public Financing Reports

San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sec. 1.156 requires the Ethics Commission to produce a report following the election.

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