Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

First Quarter 2009 Summary of Earnings and Activity of Campaign Consultants Registered with the City and County of San Francisco – December 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009

Campaign Consultant Filing, First Quarter 2009

FIRST QUARTER 2009 SUMMARY OF EARNINGS AND ACTIVITY OF CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS REGISTERED WITH THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

December 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009

Jamienne S. Studley, Chairperson
John St. Croix, Executive Director

Date Issued: April 1, 2009

Report prepared by:
Catherine Argumedo

CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT FILING
FIRST QUARTER 2009

I. Introduction

In November 1997, San Francisco voters approved the Regulation of Campaign Consultants Ordinance (“Ordinance”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sections 1.500-1.540. The Ordinance requires persons who earn $1,000 or more per year for campaign consultant services to register with the Ethics Commission and file quarterly activity reports.

The first quarter activity reports were due on March 16, 2009 and covered the filing period beginning December 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009.

II. Comparative Data

The level of campaign consultant activity has fluctuated since the first filing in June 1998 (the second quarter of 1998). The chart on the next page compares data compiled pertaining to campaign consultant activity since implementation of the Ordinance. As indicated, the level of campaign consultant activity generally increases or decreases depending on 1) whether an election is held and 2) the number and type of local items on the ballot.

Quarter

Number of Consultants

Total Payments Promised

Total Payments Received

Total Contributions Made

Second Quarter 1998

24

$1,560,742

$1,432,631

$4,100

Third Quarter 1998

25

$341,745

$379,859

$3,405

Fourth Quarter 1998

30

$638,498

$784,507

$1,975

First Quarter 1999

22

$71,969

$142,355

$550

Second Quarter 1999

28

$201,983

$485,071

$1,500

Third Quarter 1999

34

$395,440

$1,168,597

$4,150

Fourth Quarter 1999

38

$1,343,362

$2,489,276

$3,800

First Quarter 2000

17

$904,891

$1,293,901

$2,750

Second Quarter 2000

17

$169,599

$186,663

$1,275

Third Quarter 2000

20

$293,110

$467,379

$18,900

Fourth Quarter 2000

25

$2,437,695

$2,332,401

$26,348

First Quarter 2001

17

$216,952

$236,785

$800

Second Quarter 2001

15

$6,500

$6,500

$100

Third Quarter 2001

18

$137,751

$58,560

$5,550

Fourth Quarter 2001

23

$640,589

$690,272

$12,825

First Quarter 2002

22

$242,752

$259,357

$1,100

Second Quarter 2002

23

$121,413

$311,663

$2,100

Third Quarter 2002

40

$320, 373

$345,325

$2,200

Fourth Quarter 2002

50

$3,002,128

$3,243,997

$8,003

First Quarter 2003

42

$368,102

$331,328

$3,850

Second Quarter 2003

51

$486,555

$530,434

$3,250

Third Quarter 2003

64

$618,346

$749,332

$2,805

Fourth Quarter 2003

64

$1,112,506

$1,367,183

$10,125

First Quarter 2004

36

$352,837

$243,578

$1,600

Second Quarter 2004

29

$180,947

$136,950

$1,650

Third Quarter 2004

45

$461,739

$405,991

$11,050

Fourth Quarter 2004

55

$620,070

$943,214

$4,786

First Quarter 2005

17

$78,578

$29,762

$1,750

Second Quarter 2005

17

$87,399

$93,085

$250

Third Quarter 2005

20

$160,430

$102,377

$950

Fourth Quarter 2005

23

$256,254

$283,731

$1,150

First Quarter 2006

9

$68,911

$72,654

$1,900

Second Quarter 2006

13

$400,328

$385,303

$1,000

Third Quarter 2006

18

$279,270

$310,077

$4,200

Fourth Quarter 2006

21

$842,765

$617,275

$12,700

First Quarter 2007

14

$115,761

$135,720

$1,200

Second Quarter 2007

16

$227,514

$163,333

N/A*

Third Quarter 2007

19

$479,895

$414,496

$69,137

Fourth Quarter 2007

19

$1,262,553

$1,324,139

$35,875

First Quarter 2008

21

$622,255

$830,920

$92,950

Second Quarter 2008

27

$718,486

$1,011,559

$3,750

Third Quarter 2008

40

$862,640

$811,954

$4,843

Fourth Quarter 2008

41

$1,985,420

$3,978,592

$4,830

First Quarter 2009

21

$490,230

$451,730

$1,560

III. The Campaign Consultant Ordinance

The Ordinance defines “campaign consultant” as a person or entity that receives or is promised $1,000 or more in a calendar year for providing either of the following services:

Campaign Management,” defined as conducting, coordinating or supervising a campaign to elect, defeat, retain or recall a local candidate, or to adopt or defeat a local ballot measure, including but not limited to:

  1. Hiring or authorizing the hiring of campaign staff and consultants; or
  2. Spending or authorizing the expenditure of campaign funds; or
  3. Directing, supervising or conducting the solicitation of campaign contributions; or
  4. Selecting or recommending vendors or subvendors of goods or services for the campaign.

OR

Campaign Strategy,” defined as planning for the election, defeat, retention or recall of a local candidate, or for the adoption or defeat of a local ballot measure, including not but limited to:

  1. Producing or authorizing the production of campaign literature and print and broadcast advertising; or
  2. Seeking endorsements of organizations or individuals; or
  3. Seeking financing; or
  4. Advising on public policy positions.

Employees of campaign consultants do not themselves qualify as campaign consultants. However, persons and entities that subcontract with a campaign consultant to provide campaign consulting services and that receive or are promised $1,000 or more in a calendar year do qualify as campaign consultants. Similarly, employees of campaigns who engage in campaign management or campaign strategy and are promised or receive $1,000 or more in a calendar year also qualify as campaign consultants.

Campaign consultants are required to report only activity associated with local candidates or local ballot measures. For purposes of the Ordinance, “candidate” means: (1) a person who has taken affirmative action to seek nomination or election to local office, or (2) a local officeholder who has taken affirmative action to seek nomination or election to any elective office, or (3) a local officeholder who is the subject of a recall election.

Local officeholder” means the following elected officers: Mayor, Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, City Attorney, District Attorney, Treasurer, Sheriff, Assessor, Public Defender, Members of the Board of Education of the San Francisco Unified School District, and Members of the Governing Board of the San Francisco Community College District.

Measure” means a local referendum, or a local ballot measure, whether or not it qualifies for the ballot.

The Commission staff has compiled the information filed by campaign consultants for the fourth quarter of 2008 in the attached tables. All amounts reported by campaign consultants have been rounded to the nearest whole dollar.

IV. Description of Quarterly Report Tables

Table 1: Total Reported Activity (December 1, 2008 – February 28, 2009)

Table 1 summarizes all reported activity by campaign consultants for the first quarter of 2009. Filers are listed in alphabetical order. Also reported are the total payments promised by clients and any political contributions or gifts to officeholders made by the filers.

Consultant

Payments Promised By Clients

Payments Received From Clients

Political Contributions

Barry Arata, Paige

$22,543

$23,017

$0

Bowman, Christopher L.

$0

$165

$0

Clemons, Nick

$46,500

$46,500

$100

Fisher, Ron

$0

$0

$0

Ground Floor Public Affairs

$15,000

$15,000

$500

Hope Road Consulting, LLC

$19,371

$14,435

$0

Hsieh & Associates

$0

$0

$0

Hsieh, Francisco

$4,500

$4,500

$0

Jaffe Public Strategies

$0

$0

$0

Left Coast Communications

$163,500

$144,105

$0

Lyons, Nichelle

$0

$0

$0

MSHC Partners, Inc.

$0

$0

$0

Rock Paper Scissors Consulting

$0

$0

$0

Roumeliotes, Stefanie (SGR Consulting)

$0

$0

$0

SCN Strategies, Inc.

$30,000

$30,000

$0

The Garry South Group

$66,926

$67,677

$0

Stearns Consulting, Inc.

$12,466

$12,466

$0

Storefront Political Media

$52,362

$60,828

$960

Talmus, Laura

$46,541

$33,037

$0

Terris Barnes & Walters

$0

$0

$0

Whitehurst Campaigns, Inc.

$10,521

$0

$0

TOTAL

$490,230

$451,730

$1,560

Table 2: Client Payment Report

Filers are required to report “economic consideration” promised by or received from clients in exchange for campaign consulting services during the applicable reporting period. Economic consideration includes payments, fees, commissions, and reimbursements for expenses, gifts or anything else of value.

Table 2 lists the name of the filer in alphabetical order, the filer’s clients, the services performed for that client, the payment promised by the client in the reporting period, and the payment actually received. The table also indicates the total payments promised or received by all filers. The payments promised by all clients to filers during the first quarter totaled $490,230. The payments received by all filers from clients during the first quarter totaled $451,730.

TABLE 2

PAYMENTS

CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT

CLIENT(S)

SERVICES PERFORMED

TOTAL PAYMENTS PROMISED

TOTAL PAYMENTS RECEIVED

Barry Arata, Paige

Newsom for California Exploratory Committee

Fundraising services

$22,543

$23,017

Bowman, Christopher L.

Choice for Students

Precinct map of results of Yes on Prop. V

$0

$165

Clemons, Nick

Newsom for California Exploratory Committee

Campaign management

$46,500

$46,500

Ground Floor Public Affairs

Re-Elect Dennis Herrera

Campaign consulting & strategy

$15,000

$15,000

Hope Road Consulting

Natalie Berg

Campaign consulting and direct mail production

$3,395

$3,395

Hope Road Consulting

Norman Yee

Campaign consulting and direct mail production

$3,717

$3,717

Hope Road Consulting

Steve Ngo

Campaign consulting; direct mail production

$7,436

$2,500

Hope Road Consulting

Hydra Mendoza

Campaign consulting services

$4,823

$4,823

Hsieh, Francisco

Fiona Ma

Fundraising and outreach

$4,500

$4,500

Left Coast Communications

Sandra Fewer for School Board

Design, production, printing of campaign literature

$21,691

$21,691

Left Coast Communications

Mark Sanchez ’08

Photography; design, production and printing of campaign literature

$43,566

$25,971

Left Coast Communications

Milton Marks ’08

Photography; design, production and printing of campaign literature

$33,135

$33,135

Left Coast Communications

Barbara Lopez for School Board

Photography; design of logo and window signs

$2,500

$700

Left Coast Communications

Coleman Action Fund

Photography; design, production and printing of campaign literature; design and production of website

$16,016

$16,016

Left Coast Communications

San Francisco Housing Fund

Design, production, printing of campaign literature; photography

$23,550

$23,550

Left Coast Communications

SF Clean Energy

Photography; design, production and printing of campaign literature

$17,631

$17,631

Left Coast Communications

Close the Loopholes – Yes on N Yes on Q

Design, production and printing of campaign literature

$5,411

$5,411

SCN Strategies, Inc.

Kamala Harris for Attorney General

Campaign management and strategy

$30,000

$30,000

The Garry South Group

Newsom for California Exploratory Committee

Campaign consulting services

$66,926

$67,677

Stearns Consulting, Inc.

Kamala Harris for Attorney General

Campaign advice on political media and strategy

$12,466

$12,466

Storefront Political Media

Newsom for California Exploratory Committee

Campaign consulting; media production, distribution and placement

$52,362

$60,828

Laura Talmus & Associates

Kamala Harris for Attorney General

Fundraising services

$46,541

$33,037

Whitehurst Campaigns, Inc.

Cisneros for Treasurer 2009

General campaign management consulting

$10,521

$0

TOTAL

$490,230

$451,730

Table 3: Political Contributions

Filers must report each political contribution of $100 or more to a candidate for local office, a committee controlled by a local officeholder or a candidate for local office, or a ballot measure committee whether or not the committee is controlled by a local officeholder or a candidate for local office. Filers must report contributions of $100 or more made or delivered by the filer, or made by the filer’s client at the filer’s behest, or for which the filer acted as an agent or intermediary during the reporting period. This chart indicates the political contributions made by campaign consultants during the reporting period. Filers reported a total of $1,560 in political contributions during the first quarter.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO CITY OFFICERS/CANDIDATES FOR CITY OFFICE

Committee Name

Consultant Name

Amount

Dennis Herrera

Ground Floor Public Affairs

$500

Newsom for California Exploratory Committee

Nick Clemons

$100

Newsom for California Exploratory Committee

Storefront Political Media

$960

GRAND TOTAL OF CONTRIBUTIONS OF $100 OR MORE MADE BY CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS DURING FIRST QUARTER 2009

$1,560

Vendor/Subvendor Payments

Each filer must report economic consideration promised to or received by the filer during the reporting period from vendors and sub-vendors who provide campaign-related goods or services to the filer’s current clients. No filers reported receiving any vendor/subvendor payments during this reporting period.

Gifts to Local Officeholders

Each filer must report any gifts promised or made by the filer to a local officeholder during the reporting period which in the aggregate total $50 or more. No filers reported any gifts promised or made to a local officeholder during this reporting period.

Employment of Local Officeholders and City Employees

If the filer employs a local officeholder or City employee during the reporting period, the filer must report the name of the officeholder or City employee and describe the nature of the employment by the filer. In addition, if a client of the filer employs a local officeholder or City employee at the behest of the filer during the reporting period, the filer must report the name of the client, the name of each officeholder or City employee hired by the client, and the nature of the employment by the client. No filers reported activity in this category.

City ContractsObtained During the Reporting Period

If the filer obtains a City contract during the reporting period and the contract is approved by a local officeholder who is the filer’s client, the filer must report the contract, the date the contract was obtained, and the name of the officeholder who approved the contract. No filers reported obtaining a City contract during the reporting period.

Appointment to Public Office

If the filer is appointed to public office during the reporting period and the appointment is made by a local officeholder who is the filer’s client, the filer must report the public office to which the filer was appointed, the date of the appointment, and the name of the officeholder who appointed the filer. No filers reported appointment to public office during the reporting period.

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