San Francisco Ethics Commission
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San Francisco CA 94102
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SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION AUDIT REPORT:
SAN FRANCISCANS FOR VOTER RIGHTS (NO ON PROPOSITION A)
This Audit Report contains information pertaining to the audit of the committee, San Franciscans for Voter Rights (No on Proposition A), Identification Number 1243043 (“the Committee”), for the period from January 1, 2002 through June 30, 2002. The audit was conducted to determine whether the Committee materially complied with the requirements and prohibitions imposed by the Political Reform Act (“the Act”) (California Government Code Section 81000, et seq.) and San Francisco’s Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (“CFRO”) and Electronic Filing Ordinance (S.F. Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sections 1.100, et seq., and 1.300, et seq.).
For the period covered by the audit, the Committee received total contributions of $76,131 and incurred expenditures of $76,131. There were no material findings with respect to this Audit.
II. Committee Information
The Committee was primarily formed to oppose Proposition A (Instant Runoff Voting) in the March 5, 2002 election. The Committee filed a Statement of Organization with the Ethics Commission on February 20, 2002 and qualified as a committee on February 19, 2002. The Committee’s treasurer was James R. Sutton. The Committee filed its termination statement on August 2, 2002 indicating that its filing obligations were completed on May 22, 2002.
III. Audit Authority
San Francisco Charter Section C3.699-11 authorizes the Ethics Commission to audit campaign statements that are filed with the Commission and other relevant documents to determine whether the committee complied with applicable requirements of State and local law. The Ethics Commission, by a random process, selected the Committee for audit.
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:
- Compliance with all disclosure requirements pertaining to contributions, expenditures, accrued expenditures, and loans, including itemization when required;
- Compliance with applicable filing deadlines;
- Compliance with restrictions on contributions, loans and expenditures;
- Accuracy of total reported receipts, disbursements and cash balances as compared to bank records;
- Compliance with all record-keeping requirements.
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, in cases of a violation of law, to the appropriate enforcement agency.
Date: April 20, 2004