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San Francisco Ethics Commission Audit Report: Coalition for MUNI Reform, Yes on Prop. E, FPPC ID #991125

SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION AUDIT REPORT:

COALITION FOR MUNI REFORM, YES ON PROP E

I. Introduction

This Audit Report contains information pertaining to the audit of the committee Coalition for MUNI Reform, Yes on Prop. E, Identification Number 991125 ("the Committee") for the period from January 1, 1999 through December 10, 1999. 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 ("CFRO") (S.F. Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 1.100, et seq., formerly S.F. Administrative Code Section 16.501, et seq.).1

For the period covered by the audit, the Committee received total contributions of $30,909 and incurred expenditures of $30,909. 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 was formed to support the passage of Proposition E in the November 2, 1999 election. Proposition E was a charter amendment that proposed to replace the Public Transportation Commission with a new Municipal Transportation Agency. The Committee filed its initial Statement of Organization on August 11, 1999, indicating that it had qualified as a committee on August 9, 1999. The Committee filed its Statement of Termination on January 11, 2000, indicating that its filing obligations were completed on December 10, 1999. The Committee's treasurer was James R. Sutton.

III. Audit Authority

San Francisco Charter Section C3.699-11(4) mandates that the Commission 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 contributions received and 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.

Audit reports are posted to the Commission's web site and are forwarded to the Members of the Ethics Commission and, in cases of a violation of law, to the appropriate enforcement agency.

Date:  January 26, 2001

1 During the period covered by the audit, the section of law was codified in the Administrative Code at Section 16.501, et seq. However, the section has since been recodified in the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code at Section 1.100, et seq.

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