Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – October 6, 2008 – SF ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE VOLUNTARY SPENDING LIMIT IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT FOR ALL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CANDIDATES IN DISTRICT 6

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:       For release:
John St. Croix      October 6, 2006
(415) 252-3101

SF ETHICS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT THE VOLUNTARY SPENDING LIMIT IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT FOR ALL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CANDIDATES IN DISTRICT 6

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Francisco's $83,000 voluntary spending limit for candidates for the Board of Supervisors in the November election is no longer in effect in District 6.  Elimination of the spending limit was triggered by independent spending exceeding the voluntary spending limit.

Under the City's Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance, the voluntary spending limit for candidates for the office of Board of Supervisors is no longer binding in a particular district if a person, or persons 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.

"Through evaluation of a variety of campaign materials being distributed throughout District Six, we have determined that independent expenditures, costs for electioneering communications and member communications have exceeded the voluntary spending cap," said John St. Croix, Executive Director of the Ethics Commission.  "There have been mass mailings, signage, door hangars, polls, web sites, numerous handouts and fliers, windshield drops – at least one with first-class return postage affixed, staff and legal costs, independent printing and other expenses."

The Commission has notified all supervisorial candidates in Districts 6 that the spending limit is no longer in effect in that district.  The spending limit remains in effect in races for school board, community college board and Public Defender but has been lifted in all supervisorial districts on the November ballot.  Limits are not in effect for the Assessor's race. 

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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