Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Payments Made at the Behest of an Elected Officer – City Officer Disclosure

Filings by Elected Officials

In accordance with the California Government Code section 82015, payments made at the behest of elected officials are presumed not to be campaign contributions if they meet the following guidelines:

  • the payments are made principally for legislative, governmental, or charitable purposes, and
  • the payments are made principally for purposes unrelated to the official’s candidacy for elected office.

Although such payments are not campaign contributions, they must be disclosed on the FPPC Form 803 and submitted to the elected official’s agency within 30 days after the total payments made by a single source equal to or exceed $5,000 in a calendar year. The agency must forward a copy of the report to the Ethics Commission within 30 days of its receipt.

After the $5,000 threshold is met for a particular calendar year, all subsequent payments made by the same source during the calendar year must be reported by the elected officer within 30 days after the date the payment is made.

These reports are public records.

View FPPC 803 Filings

Archived Behested Payments Filings (September 1999 to April 2015)

Filings by Board and Commission Members

On January 10, 2017, the Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to approve an ordinance proposed by Supervisor Peskin to require behested payments reports by City Board and Commission members under certain circumstances. The ordinance was signed by the Mayor on January 20, 2017, and becomes operative on January 1, 2018. As adopted, the ordinance requires members of boards and commissions who are required to file a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700) to disclose if they directly or indirectly request or solicit charitable contributions of $1,000 from parties or participants (or their agents) while certain matters are pending before that commissioner’s board. The disclosure requirement applies to both monetary and non-monetary contributions to a government agency, educational institution, and both 501c and Section 527 tax-exempt organizations.

The ordinance requires the Ethics Commission to make all reports (SFEC Form 3600) available on its website and permits the Commission, by regulation, to require electronic filing for commissioner behested payment reports. Information about any potential regulations will appear on the Commission’s Policy Issues page as it becomes available.

Additional background and the text of the enacted ordinance can be accessed online at the Board of Supervisors’ Legislative Research Center (File No. 160478).

View SFEC Form 3600 Filings

January 2018 to Present

As of January 2018, SFEC Form 3600 is filed electronically. The data on filed forms is posted to the San Francisco Open Data System.

  • Board And Commission Member Behested Payment Filings and Dataset – This dataset includes the contents of each filing that can be exported to a varity of data formats. The dataset also includes a link to a PDF copy of the filing.
    • Payors Dataset – This dataset includes a sub-table of parsed table of payors reported on an SFEC Form 3600 filing. The dataset can be joined with the above filings dataset to research payors included on a filing.

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