Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – August 6, 2004 – SF ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE VOLUNTARY SPENDING LIMIT HAS BEEN LIFTED FOR ALL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CANDIDATES IN DISTRICTS ONE, TWO AND THREE

PRESS RELEASE

 

Contact:                                                                                 For release:

Mabel Ng                                                                                

August 6, 2004

(415) 581-2300

 

SF ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE VOLUNTARY SPENDING LIMIT HAS BEEN LIFTED FOR ALL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CANDIDATES IN DISTRICTS ONE, TWO AND THREE

 

The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced today that 

San Francisco

’s $83,000 voluntary spending limit for candidates for the Board of Supervisors in the November election has been lifted in Districts 1, 2 and 3.  Elimination of the spending limit was triggered by three candidates — Lillian Sing in District 1, Michela Alioto-Pier in District 2, and Aaron Peskin in District 3 — who rejected the voluntary spending limit and raised funds in excess of the spending limit.  Today, Ms. Sing, Ms. Alioto-Pier and Mr. Peskin filed forms indicating that they declined to accept the spending limit.  Ms. Sing, Ms. Alioto-Pier and Mr. Peskin also filed forms today, as required by law, indicating that they had raised contributions to their respective campaigns exceeding 100 percent of the $83,000 voluntary spending limit.  Accordingly, by law, the Ethics Commission was required to lift the spending limit.

 

The Commission has notified all District 1, 2 and 3 supervisorial candidates that the spending limit is no longer in effect in those districts in the general election.  The spending limit is now lifted in five of the seven supervisorial districts that are up for election in November.  The Commission earlier lifted the spending limit in Districts 7 and 11.

 

Under the City’s Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance, the voluntary spending limit for candidates for the office of Board of Supervisors is lifted in a particular district if a candidate who does not agree to abide by the spending limits receives contributions or makes qualified campaign expenditures in excess of 100 percent of the $83,000 voluntary spending limit.  The limit is also lifted when a committee, or committees in the aggregate, make independent expenditures, in support of or in opposition to a candidate, that exceed 100 percent of the $83,000 spending limit.

 

Michael Garcia, Chairperson of the Ethics Commission, said:  “It’s clear that the voters want voluntary spending limits because they approved it by a vote of nearly 80 percent in 1999.  However, the lifting of the limits in five districts also makes clear that the Commission must revisit the law and make adjustments as necessary to make sure that spending limits are meaningful and that the public financing program is accomplishing its purposes.  I hope the Commission will be able to consider these matters after the November election.”

 

All candidates running for City office who agreed by the deadline to comply with the voluntary spending limits will be acknowledged in the Voter Information Handbook distributed to 

San Francisco

 voters.

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The Ethics Commission, established in November 1993, serves the public, City employees and officials and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws.  Its duties include:  filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, lobbyist and campaign consultant registration and regulation, administration of the public financing program and whistleblower program, conflict of interest reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical reporting.

 

 

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