On July 26, 2014, the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance was amended which included changing the definition of a lobbyist and the reporting of political contributions. When analyzing the electronic data, take note that the disclosure requirements were different between January 2010 to July 2014 and July 2014 to the present. For more information, see San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sec. 2.100.
Lobbyists Influencing the City
The San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance requires contact lobbyists to register with the Commission and disclose activity on a monthly basis. The reports may be reviewed by browsing or searching the San Francisco lobbyist directory, downloading the reports in a variety of data formats from SF OpenData, or by querying the Lobbyist API.
Directories & Search
View directories of lobbyists, firms, and clients and search transactions on reports.
Download lobbyist data or use the data to build maps, charts and graphs.
Use the lobbyist API to query the lobbyist data for use in an app or web application.
An expenditure lobbyist is an individual or entity that spends $2,500 or more in a calendar month to solicit, request, or urge others to communicate directly with a City officer in order to influence local legislative or administrative action. City officers covered by this rule generally include elected City officials, members of City boards and commissions, and City department heads.
Registration & Disclosure Statements
Lobbyists on Behalf of the City
The San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance, S.F. Admin. Code Section 67.1 et seq., requires lobbyists who contract for economic consideration with the City to represent the City in matters before any local, regional, state or federal administrative or legislative body to file quarterly activity reports with the Ethics Commission. These persons and entities are referred to as “Lobbyists on Behalf of the City.”
Lobbyists on Behalf of the City should not be confused with lobbyists who attempt to influence City officers on local legislative or administrative action on behalf of private parties. The latter are regulated by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance, S.F. Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 2.100, et seq., not by the Sunshine Ordinance.