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San Francisco Ethics Commission Audit Report: San Franciscans for Better Parks, Yes on Proposition J, FPPC ID #980887



I. Introduction

This Audit Report contains information pertaining to the audit of the committee, San Franciscans for Better Parks, Yes on Proposition J, Identification Number 980887 ("the Committee") for the period from January 1, 1998 through June 30, 1998. The audit was conducted to determine whether the Committee materially complied with the requirements and prohibitions imposed by the Political Reform Act ("the Act") (Government Code Section 81000, et seq.) and San Francisco's Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance ("the CFRO") (S.F. Admin. Code Section 16.501, et seq.).

During the period covered by the audit, the Committee reported total contributions of $569,462 and total expenditures of $552,147. There were no material findings with respect to this Audit Report. The Committee substantially complied with the disclosure and record-keeping provisions of the Act and the CFRO.

II. Committee Information

The Committee filed a Statement of Organization with the Secretary of State's Office on March 20, 1998 indicating that it had qualified as a committee on March 19, 1998. The Committee was formed to support the passage of Proposition J, the Golden Gate Revitalization Act of 1998, in the June 2, 1998 election. On August 2, 1999, the Committee filed a Recipient Committee Statement of Termination indicating that its filing obligations were completed on June 30, 1999. The Committee's treasurer was Margaret Brodkin.

III. Audit Authority

The Commission is mandated by San Francisco Charter Section C3.699-11(4) to audit campaign statements and other relevant documents to determine whether campaign committees comply with applicable requirements and prohibitions imposed by State and local law.

IV. Audit Scope and Procedures

This audit was performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The audit involved a thorough review of the Committee's records for the time period covered by the audit. This review was conducted to determine:

1. Compliance with all disclosure requirements, pertaining to contributions, expenditures, accrued expenditures, and loans, including itemization when required;
2. Compliance with applicable filing deadlines;
3. Compliance with restrictions on contributions, loans and expenditures;
4. Accuracy of total reported receipts, disbursements and cash balances as compared to bank records; and
5. Compliance with all record-keeping requirements.

V. Conclusion

Through the examination of the Committee's records and campaign disclosure statements, the Auditor verified that the Committee accurately and timely disclosed all contributions received and all expenditures made and that the Committee maintained the necessary documentation regarding contributions and expenditures. As a result, the Auditor determined that there were no material findings. The Committee substantially complied with the disclosure and record-keeping provisions of the Act and the CFRO.

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Shaista Shaikh Date
Campaign Finance Auditor

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Ginny Vida Date
Executive Director

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