Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

San Francisco Ethics Commission Audit Report: CCSF Educators to Re-Elect Carter and Grier Committee, FPPC ID #1289458

I. Introduction

This Audit Report summarizes the audit results of the committee, CCSF Educators to Re-Elect Carter and Grier Committee, Identification Number 1289458 (“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 the committee complied with applicable requirements of State and local laws. 

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; and
  5. Compliance with all record-keeping requirements.

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 August 14, 2006 to support the re-election of Cartier and Grier for CCSF Educators in the November 7, 2006 general election.  Michelle Jacques served as the Committee’s treasurer.  The Committee’s filing obligations were completed as of December 31, 2006.

V. Audit Findings

For the period covered by the audit, the Committee received $5,656 (including non-monetary contributions of $1,781) in contributions and incurred expenditures of $3,875.

The Commission determined that there was one material finding with respect to the audit of the Committee.  The Committee made two contributions of $1,000 each to candidates for City elective office, in violation of San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct (S.F. C&GC) Code section 1.114(a).

S.F. C&GC Code section 1.114(a) prohibits any person other than a candidate from making any contribution to a candidate for City elective office which will cause the total amount contributed by such person to such candidate in an election to exceed $500.

The Committee made two contributions, each of $1,000, to two candidates for City elective office, as follows:

Candidate

Contribution Amount

Johnnie Carter for Community College Board

$1,000

Dr. Anita Grier for Community College Board

$1,000

VI. Committee’s Response to Finding

The Committee was provided with an opportunity to review and comment on this audit report. The Committee’s comments are as follows:

Michele Jacques, the Treasurer, stated that she did not accept individual checks exceeding $500.00.  She stated that the Committee was established for the sole purpose of collecting contributions for two candidates.  Upon closing the account, the funds were equally distributed between the two candidates. 

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