Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Campaign Finance Filing Requirements that Apply to Committees that Raise or Spend Funds to Support or Oppose Recall, Initiative, or Referendum Petitions

Committees Subject to Campaign Finance Filing Requirements

San Francisco Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code section 1.113 requires a committee that raises or spends funds to support or oppose a recall, initiative or referendum petition to file campaign statements during periods in which signatures are gathered.  A committee is required to file campaign disclosure reports if it is any of the following:

  1. A committee primarily formed to support or oppose the qualification of a measure; or
  2. A recipient committee that is a proponent of a recall, initiative or referendum petition; or
  3. A committee that makes independent expenditures totaling $1,000 or more in a calendar year to support or oppose the qualification of a measure and that is either a general purpose recipient committee or an independent expenditure committee.

Notice of Petition Circulation

Within one business day of the first date that a petition is circulated to qualify a measure for the ballot, the proponent must file Form SFEC-113 with the Ethics Commission by email (ethics.commission@sfgov.org) or facsimile (415/252-3112) to inform the Commission that the proponent has begun to circulate the petition. 

Forms Used to Satisfy Filing Requirements

To comply with the filing requirements of section 1.113, a committee primarily formed to support or oppose a recall, initiative or referendum petition must file Form 460 during the 1.113 signature gathering period.  General purpose committees must file campaign statements under the same 1.113 filing schedule governing a committee supporting or opposing the recall, initiative or referendum petition as follows:

  1. A general purpose recipient committee that is a proponent of such measure must file Forms 460 and 465;
  2. A general purpose recipient committee that is not a proponent of such measure must file Form 465; and
  3. An independent expenditure committee must file Form 465.

General Filing Periods During Circulation of Petition

Filing DeadlineReporting Period
the 5th day of every monthcovering through the last day of the previous month
the 20th day of every monthcovering through the 15th day of the month
the 5th day of the month following the end of the circulation period to disclose contributions or expenditures made during the signature gathering periodcovering through the last day of the previous month

Committees that raise or spend money to support or oppose a measure during the circulation of the measure, must also file quarterly and semi-annual statements in addition to the filing periods prescribed by section 1.113.

1.113 Filing Schedules

June 5, 2012

  • Competitive Bidding and Zero Waste Ordinance (Qualified for the June 5, 2012 Election)
  • Protect Coit Tower Initiative (Qualified for the June 5, 2012 Election)

November 8, 2011

  • Student Assignment System (Qualified for the November 8, 2011 Election)
  • Gential Cutting of Male Minors (Removed per Court Order 7/28/2011) 
  • Retirement Benefits for City Employees (Qualified for the November 8, 2011 Election)
  • Parkmerced Zoning Referendum (Failed to Qualify)

November 2, 2010

  • Saturday Voting Ordinance (Qualified for the November 2, 2010 Election)
  • Muni Charter Amendment (Qualified for the November 2, 2010 Election)
  • Sustainable City Employees Benefits Reform (Qualified for the November 2, 2010 Election)
  • Hotel Tax Loophole Close & Temporary Visitor Surcharge (Qualified for the November 2, 2010 Election)

June 8, 2010

  • Petition for the Recall of Sophenia Maxwell – Failed to Qualify

November 3, 2009 Election

November 4, 2008 Election

June 3, 2008 Election

February 5, 2008

November 6, 2007

* Initiative formerly called "Mixed Use Development Project for Candlestick Point and Hunters Point Shipyard."

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