Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – January 30, 2003 – ETHICS COMMISSION RELEASES FOURTH QUARTER 2002 SUMMARY OF LOBBYIST ACTIVITY: POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS REACH ALL-TIME HIGH

PRESS RELEASE

 

Contact:                                                                                                           For Release:

Ginny Vida                                                                                                    

January 30, 2003

(415) 581-2300

 

ETHICS COMMISSION RELEASES FOURTH QUARTER 2002

SUMMARY OF LOBBYIST ACTIVITY:

POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS REACH ALL-TIME HIGH

 

The San Francisco Ethics Commission has released a summary of activities reported by 45 lobbyists filing with the City and 

County

 

of 

San Francisco

 for the fourth quarter lobbyist disclosure period covering October 1 through 

December 31, 2002

. The report reflects that political contributions by lobbyists during the fourth quarter reached an all-time high.

 

The report summarizes payments promised by or received from clients of contract lobbyists and payments made by business and organization and expenditure lobbyists for the purpose of influencing local legislative or administration action.  In addition, the report details lobbyist activity expenses, political contributions, gift tickets or admissions given to City officials, City contracts awarded during the reporting period, payments received in exchange for providing campaign consulting services, and employment of City officers or employees.

 

Because of a current shortage of staff due to budgetary constraints, this fourth quarter report of lobbyist activity does not list City officers contacted and specific positions advocated.  Individual lobbyist activity reports containing this information are available from the Ethics Commission office at 

30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900

, on weekdays from 

8:00 a.m.

 to 

5:00 p.m.

.

 

Copies of the summary report will be available on the internet at the Commission’s website at www.sfgov.org/ethics/lobreg.htm, or from the Ethics Commission office.

 

Summary of Fourth Quarter 2002 Lobbyist Activity

 

1.         Payments to Contract Lobbyists

 

Contract lobbyists reported receiving $859,820 in payments from clients for influencing local legislative or administrative action during the fourth quarter.  The three lobbyists that received the highest amount of payments during the fourth quarter were: HMS Associates, $342,333; Barnes, Mosher, Whitehurst, Lauter & Partners, $157,349; and William Rutland Jr., LLC, $136,000.

 

2.         Payments Made by Business and Organization and Expenditure Lobbyists

 

Business and organization and expenditure lobbyists reported spending a total of$187,111during the fourth quarter to influence local legislative and administrative action.  The business and organization

and expenditure lobbyists that made the largest total payments in the fourth quarter were:  Catellus Development Corporation, $46,059; Golden Gate Restaurant Association, $31,364; and RCN Telecom Services of California, $23,021.

 

3.         Political Contributions

 

Political contributions made by lobbyists during the fourth quarter totaled $2,074,570.  This amount reflects the highest quarterly total since the Ethics Commission began tracking lobbyist activity in 1995.  It represents a 87 percent increase over the previous high of $1,107,938 during the third quarter 2002.  Of the $2,074,570 in total contributions this quarter, $1,761,023 was contributed to “San Franciscans Against the Blank Check,” a committee opposing Proposition D on the November 2002 ballot.  The lobbyists making the largest contributions during the fourth quarter were: Pacific Gas & Electric, $1,773,523; Committee on Jobs, $127,500; and San Francisco Apartment Association, $65,000.

 

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Quarter

Number of Lobbyists

Payments Promised to Contract Lobbyists

Payments Received by Contract Lobbyists           

Payments Made by B/O & Expenditure Lobbyists

Total Activity Expenses

Total Contributions Made

First Quarter 1995

16

*

$193,924

*

*

*

Second Quarter 1995

18

*

$397,487

*

*

*

Third Quarter 1995

39

*

$197,099

$211,914

$33,994

$48,044

Fourth Quarter 1995

41

*

$270,289

$132,483

$24,758

$75,570

1995 Totals

 

 

$1,058,799

$344,397

$58,752

$123,614

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 1996

46

*

$193,924

$194,419

$46,659

$26,350

Second Quarter 1996

48

*

$397,487

$362,676

$92,113

$37,350

Third Quarter 1996

51

*

$492,200

$194,910

$82,846

$288,074

Fourth Quarter 1996

49

*

$633,854

$184,952

$298,023

$306,200

1996 Totals

 

 

$1,717,465

$936,957

$519,641

$657,974

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 1997

53

*

$687,854

$157,037

$58,896

$17,099

Second Quarter 1997

53

*

$814,461

$137,878

$62,542

$62,542

Third Quarter 1997

52

*

$696,768

$125,193

$62,087

$3,325

Fourth Quarter 1997

52

*

$713,442

$142,699

$318,653

$31,900

1997 Totals

 

 

$2,912,525

$562,807

$502,178

$114,866

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 1998

54

*

$736,956

$202,273

$40,229

$232,934

Second Quarter 1998

54

*

$781,308

$146,742

$44,355

$450,873

Third Quarter 1998

53

*

$779,146

$235,666

$40,475

$29,667

Fourth Quarter 1998

56

*

$964,340

$196,690

$31,107

$45,344

1998 Totals

 

 

$3,261,750

$781,371

$156,166

$758,818

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 1999

52

*

$771,256

$157,841

$31,415

$16,950

Second Quarter 1999

50

*

$936,558

$200,658

$15,683

$36,700

Third Quarter 1999

51

$818,178

$803,881

$3,299,862

$21,183

$33,806

Fourth Quarter 1999

48

$752,976

$1,024,083

$201,505

$20,095

$471,949

1999 Totals

 

$1,571,154

$3,535,778

$3,859,866

$88,376

$559,405

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 2000

49

$771,004

$1,133,208

$211,343

$20,892

$99,151

Second Quarter 2000

45

$1,232,453

$1,343,491

$645,384

$23,826

$192,324

Third Quarter 2000

45

$840,439

$1,167,481

$171,671

$34,358

$85,607

Fourth Quarter 2000

44

$656,125

$1,225,536

$246,963

$12,251

$407,601

2000 Totals

 

$3,500,021

$4,869,716

$1,275,361

$91,327

$784,683

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 2001

44

$744,848

$1,211,181

$157,177

$11,177

$13,580

Second Quarter 2001

50

$782,808

$1,270,966

$195,980

$22,353

$26,875

Third Quarter 2001

46

$752,042

$976,304

$136,432

$20,838

$363,300

Fourth Quarter 2001

46

$724,308

$1,048,135

$114,967

$20,366

$1,064,275

2001 Totals

 

$3,004,006

$4,506,586

$604,556

$74,734

$1,468,030

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter 2002

40

$599,510

$637,444

$117,522

$31,690

$115,904

Second Quarter 2002

Third Quarter 2002

Fourth Quarter 2002

41

41

45

$743,553

$661,594

$742,763

$955,391

$703,902

$859,820

$212,522

$182,631

$187,111

$21,957

$12,598

$11,520

$20,733

$1,107,938

$2,074,570

2002 Totals

 

 

$2,747,420

$3,156,557

$699,786

$77,765

$3,319,145

*Data not available

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