Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Campaign Consultant Regulations

Ethics Commission Regulation 1.515(d)-1

Filing of Facsimile Client Authorization Statements

Approved by the Ethics Commission on 8/9/99

  1. At the time of initial registration, the campaign consultant shall submit to the Ethics Commission a written authorization from each client that contracts with the campaign consultant for campaign consulting services.
  2. If the campaign consultant is retained by a client after the date of initial registration, the campaign consultant must file a Client Authorization Statement before providing any campaign consulting services to the client and before receiving any economic consideration from the client in exchange for campaign consulting services, and in any event no later than 15 days after being retained to provide campaign consulting services to the client.
  3. If the campaign consultant is retained by a client after the date of initial registration, the campaign consultant may submit a copy of the Client Authorization Statement by facsimile machine. The Client Authorization Statement shall be deemed to be timely filed only if the facsimile copy is received no later than the filing deadline, and within 15 days of the filing deadline the original document is received by the Ethics Commission, and the original document is identical in all respects to the facsimile copy.

Ethics Commission Regulation 1.515(f)-1

Filing of Client Termination Statements for Clients Who Have Not Yet Paid in Full; Reporting of Amounts Owed by Current and Former Clients

Approved by the Ethics Commission on 3/8/99. Effective on 5/7/99.

(a) Campaign consultants shall submit to the Ethics Commission a client termination statement no later than 30 days after the client terminates the services of the consultant.
(b) Campaign consultants may not provide campaign consulting services to a client after filing a client termination statement for that client, until a new client authorization statement has been filed pursuant to section 16.543(d).
(c) Campaign consultants may receive payments from a client after filing a client termination statement for the client, provided that all of the following are true:

(1) The payment is for campaign consulting services previously provided to the client;

(2) The services for which the payment is made are reported as required by this Article;

(3) The client termination statement includes the following information:

(A) The date the payment is due to be paid by the client;

(B) If the payment is past due, a description of the efforts made by the campaign consultant to collect the payment;

(C) If the campaign consultant charges interest on the amount owed by the client, a description of the terms and rate of interest to be charged;

(D) If the campaign consultant reduced or forgave any portion of the amount owed by the client, a description of the terms and amount of the discount.

(4) The campaign consultant reports the full amount owed by current and former clients, in addition to the payments promised and received during any reporting period.

(d) Campaign consultants shall not re-register clients for whom they no longer provide campaign consulting services if the only reason for re-registration is that the client has not yet paid in full for services previously rendered.

Ethics Commission Regulation 1.525(a)-1

Holidays and Weekends Not Included in Calculation of Certain Late Fines

Approved by Ethics Commission on November 15, 2002

In calculating the number of days late for which a late fine will be assessed under Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.525(a), when a filing deadline falls on the day before a weekend or holiday, the Commission will not count any weekend days or holiday that immediately follow the filing deadline.  For purposes of this regulation, the term "weekend" means Saturday and Sunday and the term "holiday" means any holiday on which the Ethics Commission is authorized by law to close.

Ethics Commission Regulation 1.540(c)-1

Holidays and Weekends Not Included in Calculation of Certain Late Fines

Approved by Ethics Commission on November 15, 2002

In calculating the number of days late for which a later fine will be assessed under Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.540(c), when a filing deadline falls on the day before a weekend or holiday, the Commission will not count any weekend days or holiday that immediately follow the filing deadline. For purposes of this regulation, the term "weekend" means Saturday and Sunday and the term "holiday" means any holiday on which the Ethics Commission is authorized by law to close.

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