Contact: For Release:
John St. Croix May 5, 2009
ETHICS COMMISSION RELEASES FIRST QUARTER 2009
REPORT ON LOBBYIST ACTIVITY
The San Francisco Ethics Commission has released a summary of activities reported by 42 lobbyists filing with the City and County of San Francisco for the first quarter lobbyist disclosure period covering January 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009.
The report summarizes payments promised by or received from clients of contract lobbyists, businesses and organizations, and expenditure lobbyists for the purpose of influencing local legislative or administrative action. In addition, the report details lobbyist activity expenses, political contributions, and gift tickets or admissions given to City officials, City contracts awarded during the reporting period, payments received in exchange for providing campaign consulting services, and employment of City officers or employees. Individual lobbyist activity reports containing other information are available at the Ethics Commission office at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Copies of the summary report will be available at the Commission’s website at www.sfgov.org/ethics/lobreg.htm, or at the Ethics Commission office.
Summary of First Quarter 2009 Lobbyist Activity
- Payments to Contract Lobbyists
Contract lobbyists reported receiving $1,557,539.07 in payments from clients for influencing local legislative or administrative action during the first quarter. The highest amounts of payments during the first quarter were: Platinum Advisors, LLC, $374,889.73; HMS Associates, $308,000; and Gladstone & Associates, $244,598.03.
- Payments Made by Business and Organization and Expenditure Lobbyists
Business and organization and expenditure lobbyists reported spending a total of $176,024.13 during the first quarter to influence local legislative and administrative action. The business and organization and expenditure lobbyists that made the largest total payments in the first quarter were: San Francisco Firefighters Local 798, $75,858.81; AT&T (Pacific Telesis & Subsidiaries), $64,473.93; and Comcast Corporation, $9303.12.
- Political Contributions
Political contributions made by lobbyists during the first quarter totaled $5250.00. The lobbyists making the largest contributions during the first quarter were: HMS Associates, $1500.00; Ground Floor Public Affairs, $1000.00; Golden Gate Restaurant Association, $1000.00; and Rueben & Junius, LLP, $1000.00.
*Data not available.