Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

San Francisco Ethics Commission Audit Report: Rob Black for Supervisor, FPPC ID #1285801

I. Introduction

This Audit Report summarizes the audit results of the committee, Rob Black for Supervisor, Identification Number 1285801 (“the Committee”), for the period from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.  The audit was conducted to determine whether the Committee materially complied with the requirements of the Political Reform Act (“the Act”) (California Government Code section 81000, et seq.) and San Francisco’s Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (“CFRO”) (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.100, et seq).

II. Audit Authority

San Francisco Charter section C3.699-11 authorizes the Ethics Commission (“the Commission”) to audit campaign statements that are filed with the Commission along with other relevant documents to determine whether a committee complied with applicable requirements of State and local laws.  Section 1.150(a) of the CFRO requires the Commission to audit all candidates who receive public financing.

III. Audit Scope and Procedures

This audit was performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.  The audit involved a review of the Committee’s records for the 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;
  5. Compliance with all record-keeping requirements;
  6. Compliance with all provisions related to the Commission’s public financing program; and
  7. Determination of any unexpended public funds that must be returned to the Election Campaign Fund up to the amount of public funds received by the candidate.

The Commission posts audit reports to its web site and, in cases of apparent violations of law, forwards them to the appropriate enforcement agency.

IV. Committee Information

The Committee was formed in April 2006 to support the election of Rob Black to the Board of Supervisor, District 6 in the November 7, 2006 general election.  Lisa Marie Williams served as the treasurer.  The Committee received public funds.  The Committee was still active as of December 31, 2006.

V. Audit Findings

For the period covered by the audit, the Committee reported receiving $173,260 in contributions (including $1,612 of non-monetary contributions), $63 of interest, $43,750 of public financing, and incurring $208,895 of expenditures.   The Commission determined that the Committee is required to return $8,178 to the City for deposit into the Election Campaign Fund.[1]

The Commission determined that there were no material findings with respect to the audit of the Committee.  The Committee substantially complied with the disclosure and record-keeping provisions of the Act and CFRO.

[1] Unexpended funds are calculated by subtracting any unpaid bills, on-going qualified campaign expenditures and forfeitures from the amount of cash that the Committee had on hand on the 30th day following the election in which the candidate was elected or defeated.

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