Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – March 31, 2003 – SF ETHICS COMMISSION RELEASES FIRST QUARTER 2003 REPORT

San Francisco

                               30 Van 

Ness

Ave., Suite 3900

Ethics Commission            

San Francisco

, 

CA

  

94102

                                          Phone 581-2300  Fax 581-2317

 

 

Contact:                                                                                                    For Release:

Ginny Vida                                                                                                            

March 31, 2003

(415) 581-2300                                                                                  

 

SF ETHICS COMMISSION RELEASES

FIRST QUARTER 2003 REPORT

ON CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT ACTIVITY

 

Pursuant to 

San Francisco

’s Regulation of Campaign Consultants Ordinance, the San Francisco Ethics Commission has released its summary report of campaign consultant activity for the first quarter of 2003. 

 

The summary report includes information disclosed in the first quarter activity reports, which were due on 

March 17, 2003

, and covered the filing period beginning 

December 1, 2002

 and ending 

February 28, 2003

.  Forty-two campaign consultants filed with the Ethics Commission in the first quarter of 2003.

 

Payments to Campaign Consultants.  For the first quarter of 2003, campaign consultants reported receiving $331,328 in payments from their clients.  Of this amount, Eric Jaye/Storefront Political Media reported receiving the largest total payments, $80,791.  Payments were associated with the 

November 5, 2002

,

December 10, 2002

 and 

November 4, 2003

 elections.

 

Political Contributions Made by Campaign Consultants.  Political contributions by registered campaign consultants during the first quarter totaled $3,850.  Solem & Associates contributed the largest amount, $750.

 

The Commission reported that the level of campaign consultant activity has fluctuated since the first filing in June 1998 (the second quarter of 1998).  Commission staff compiled data pertaining to campaign consultant activity since the implementation of the Ordinance as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter

Number of Consultants

Total Payments Promised

Total Payments Received

Total Contributions Made

Second Quarter 1998

24

$1,560,742

$1,432,631

$4,100

Third Quarter 1998

25

$341,745

$379,859

$3,405

Fourth Quarter 1998

30

$638,498

$784,507

$1,975

First Quarter 1999

22

$71,969

$142,355

$550

Second Quar
ter 1999

28

$201,983

$485,071

$1,500

Third Quarter 1999

34

$395,440

$1,168,597

$4,150

Fourth Quarter 1999

38

$1,343,362

$2,489,276

$3,800

First Quarter 2000

17

$904,891

$1,293,901

$2,750

Second Quarter 2000

17

$169,599

$186,663

$1,275

Third Quarter 2000

20

$293,110

$467,379

$18,900

Fourth Quarter 2000

25

$2,437,695

$2,332,401

$26,348

First Quarter 2001

17

$216,952

$236,785

$800

Second Quarter 2001

15

$6,500

$6,500

$100

Third Quarter 2001

18

$137,751

$58,560

$5,550

Fourth Quarter 2001

23

$640,589

$690,272

$12,825

First Quarter 2002

22

$242,752

$259,357

$1,100

Second Quarter 2002

23

$121,413

$311,663

$2,100

Third Quarter 2002

40

$320, 373

$345,325

$2,200

Fourth Quarter 2002

50

$3,002,128

$3,243,997

$8,003

First Quarter 2003

42

$368,102

$331,328

$3,850

 

 

The Regulation of Campaign Consultants Ordinance (“Ordinance”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, Article I, Chapter 5, Sections 1.500 – 1.540, was approved by 

San Francisco

 voters in November 1997.  The Ordinance requires persons who earn $1,000 or more per year for campaign consultant services to register with the Ethics Commission and file quarterly activity reports.

 

The reports include the following information: payments promised by or received from clients of campaign consultants, political contributions made by campaign consultants to local candidates and local ballot measure committees, gifts made by campaign consultants to local candidates, payments promised by or received from vendors or subvendors, employment by campaign consultants of local officeholders and City employees, City contracts obtained by campaign consultants during a reporting period and appointment of campaign consultants to public office.

 

The registration and quarterly activity reports filed by campaign consultants are available for viewing at the Ethics Commission office, 

30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900

, (415) 581-2300.  The Campaign Consultant Summary Report is also available at the Commission office and will be available on the Internet by accessing the Commission’s web site:  sfgov.org/ethics/.

 

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The Ethics Commission was established through voter approval of a Charter Amendment in November 1993.  The Commission serves the public, City employees and officials, and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws.  It also provides open access to public records in ethics-related matters.  Its duties include: filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, campaign consultant and lobbyist registration and regulation, administration of the limited public finance and Whistleblower programs, conflict of interest reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, providing advice and conducting statistical reporting.    

 

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[1] Under the Ordinance, the first quarter report is due March 15.  However, since March 15 was a Saturday, the deadline was moved to the next business day.

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