Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Earnings and Expenses of Lobbyists Registered with the City – Second Quarter Summary – April 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009

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

Date Issued: August 3, 2009

Individual lobbyist activity reports containing detailed information are available at the Ethics Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Table of Contents

Second Quarter Summary of Earnings and Activity of Registered Lobbyists…………………………. 3

Table 1: All Reported Activity……………………………………………………………………………………………. 6

Table 2: Political Contributions of $100 or more…………………………………………………………………. 7

Table 3: Total Political Contributions…………………………………………………………………………………. 8

Table 4: Activity Expenses…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 8

Table 5: Gift Tickets and Admissions………………………………………………………………………………….. 8

Table 6: City Contracts Awarded………………………………………………………………………………………. 9

Table 7: Employment of City Officers or Employees……………………………………………………………. 9

Table 8: Payments for Campaign Consulting Services………………………………………………………….. 9

Introduction

The Regulation of Lobbyists Ordinance (“Ordinance”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Article II, Chapter 1, Sections 2.100 – 2.155, requires individuals and entities that qualify as lobbyists to register with the City and County of San Francisco and file quarterly activity reports.  Forty-three lobbyists filed reports with the Ethics Commission on July 15, 2009, detailing their lobbyist activity during the second quarter of 2009 (April 1-June 30).  The Ethics Commission has compiled this information in its Second Quarter 2009 Summary of Earnings and Activity of Lobbyists Registered with the City.

Individual lobbyist activity reports 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.

The Lobbyist Ordinance

The Ordinance provides that there are three kinds of lobbyists: contract lobbyists, business and organization lobbyists, and expenditure lobbyists. 

Contract lobbyists are individuals or entities that are hired to influence local legislative or administrative action on another’s behalf.  Contract lobbyists must register with the Ethics Commission when they earn $3,200 or more in any consecutive three months in exchange for lobbying services or when they have at least 25 separate contacts with City officers in any two consecutive months for the purpose of influencing local legislative or administrative action.  Clients and employees of contract lobbyists are not themselves contract lobbyists and are not subject to the registration and reporting requirements of the Lobbyist Ordinance.

Business and organization lobbyists are entities that lobby on their own behalf.  Business and organization lobbyists may include for-profit and non-profit corporations and organizations, associations, and unions.  An entity qualifies as a business and organization lobbyist if the entity pays employees or members any amount to lobby on its behalf AND the employees or members have at least 25 separate contacts with City officers, within a two-month period, for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action.  Individual employees and members of business and organization lobbyists do not themselves qualify as lobbyists and are not subject to the registration and reporting requirements of the Lobbyist Ordinance.

Expenditure lobbyists are entities which spend, directly or indirectly, more than $3,200 within any three consecutive months to influence local legislative or administrative action.  Payments made to contract lobbyists and other paid advocates do not count toward the $3,200 threshold, nor do dues payments, donations, and other payments to any business and organization lobbyist or expenditure lobbyist.

Each lobbyist must file with the Ethics Commission quarterly reports containing information about payments made or received in order to influence local legislative or administrative action, actions each lobbyist sought to influence, activity expenses incurred, political contributions of $100 or more made or delivered by the filer or made by a client at the behest of a filer to a City officer, candidate or committee, City contracts awarded, payments made in exchange for campaign consulting services, and the names of each City officer employed or retained by the filer or by a client of the filer.

City Officers include: any officer identified in San Francisco Administrative Code 1.50, elected officials, the Controller, the City Administrator, department heads, members of City boards and commissions, members of the Board of Education, members of the Governing Board of the Community College District, members of the Housing Authority, members of the Redevelopment Agency, members of the Transportation Authority, and the Superintendent of Schools.

Local legislative or administrative action includes, but is not limited to, the drafting, introduction, consideration, modification, enactment, defeat, approval, veto, granting or denial by any officer of the City and County of any resolution, motion, appeal, application, petition, nomination, ordinance, amendment, approval, referral, permit, license or entitlement to use.

Contents of Second Quarter 2009 Summary Report

Table 1:  All Reported Activity
Table 1 provides a summary of all reported activity by lobbyists (hereinafter “filers”) for the second quarter of 2009.  The table summarizes payments promised to and received by contract lobbyists in exchange for lobbyist services, payments made by business and organization and expenditure lobbyists to influence local legislative and administrative action, political contributions made, delivered or arranged by a filer or made by a client at a filer’s behest, and activity expenses incurred by filers.  Filers are listed in alphabetical order.  The total reported promised payments by contract lobbyists was $1,215,849.69.  The total reported received payments by contract lobbyists was $1,588,705.20.  The total reported payments made by business and organization and expenditure lobbyists was $452,916.69.

Table 2:  Political Contributions of $100 or More
Filers must report the total amount of political contributions made, delivered or arranged by the filer, or made by a clientat the behest of the filer during the second quarter.  Filers must itemize contributions equaling $100 or more.  Filers must report contributions made to the following: a City officer; a candidate for City office; a committee controlled by a City officer or candidate for City office; and a committee primarily formed to support or oppose a City officer or candidate for City office; a committee primarily formed to support or oppose a local ballot measure whether or not the committee is controlled by a City officer or candidate for City office.  Table 2 lists all political contributions of $100 or more made by filers during the second quarter. The total reported political contributions was $15,600.00.

Table 3: Total Political Contributions
Table 3 lists all political contributions of any amount made by filers during the second quarter. 

Table 4: Activity Expenses
All filers must report activity expenses.  An activity expense is any expense incurred or payment made by a lobbyist (or others specified in the Ordinance) which benefits a City officer, a candidate for City office, a family member thereof (including domestic partners), or aides to members of the Board of Supervisors.  Activity expenses include gifts, honoraria, consulting fees, salaries, and any other form of economic compensation totaling more than $30 in value in a consecutive three-month period. 

Table 4 lists activity expenses reported by filers, the total of which includes salaries paid to employees who also serve as City officers.  The table lists the filer, salaries paid, the date of the activity expense, the name and official title or position of each beneficiary of the expense and a description of the benefit conferred.  The table also includes the total cost of the activity, the portion of the total cost of the activity which represents the value of the benefit conferred on each beneficiary and the name of the payee of the expense if it is different from that of the beneficiary.  The total reported amount of activity expenses during the second quarter was more than $10,000.

Table 5: Gift Tickets and Admissions
Filers are required to report gift tickets and gift admissions to political fund-raisers and events sponsored by 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations given to City officers.  Table 5 shows each reported gift ticket and/or admission given to a City officer.  The table gives the date and description of the political or charitable event and the name and official title of the beneficiary of the gift ticket and/or admission. One filer reported gift tickets and/or admissions given to City officers or employees during the second quarter.

Table 6: City Contracts Awarded
Filers must report certain City contracts they were awarded during the reporting period.  Table 6 lists the type of contract awarded (rendition of personal services; furnishing of any material, supplies or equipment to or from the City; or sale or lease of land or buildings to or by the City, or financing of the same), the date the contract was approved, the name of the City officer and Department that approved the contract, and the subject matter of the contract. One filer reported being awarded a City contract during the second quarter.

Table 7: Employment of City Officers or Employees
Filers must report the names of City officers or employees who have been employed or retained by the filer at any time during the reporting period.  This table lists the name and position of the City officer and the services provided by the City officer to the filer.  Filers must also report whether a City officer or employee has been employed or retained by a client of the filer at the behest of the filer at any time during the reporting period.  Filers in this case must list the name of the client and that of the City officer.  Four filers reported employing City officers or employees during the second quarter.

Table 8: Payments for Campaign Consulting Services
Filers must report the total payments received from City officers during the reporting period in exchange for providing campaign consulting services (as defined in S.F. Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Article I, Chapter 5, Section 1.505).  Such payments must be reported only if the filer contacted the officer within one year of the date of payment.  One filer reported receiving payments for campaign consulting services during the second quarter.

Table 1 – All Reported Activity

LOBBYIST ORGANIZATIONALL REPORTED ACTIVITY
 Payments Promised By ClientsPayments Received From ClientsActivity ExpensesPolitical ContributionsPayments Made To Influence Local Action

AT&T (Pacific Telesis & Subsidiaries)

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $           52,801.28

Altria Client Services Inc. and its Affiliates

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $           14,579.00

Barbary Coast Consulting

 $         151,682.50

 $         151,682.50

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Barnes, Mosher, Whitehurst & Partners, Inc.

 $           50,000.00

 $         134,000.00

 $                          -  

 $             7,000.00

 $                          -  

BergDavis Public Affairs

 $           70,647.63

 $           70,647.03

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Bill Barnes

 $                          -  

 $           32,000.00

 $                          -  

 $                 500.00

 $                          -  

Bowlby Group – The

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Burke Rix Hines & Associates, LLC

 $           24,000.00

 $           28,000.00

 $                          -  

 $                 500.00

 $                          -  

California Independent Grocers Assoc.

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                 500.00

 $                          -  

California Urban Issues Project

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Clear Channel Outdoor

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Coalition for Better Housing

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Comcast

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $           23,588.54

Committee on Jobs

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $           13,200.00

CrisCom Company – The

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Farella Braun and Martel LLP

 $         108,520.42

 $           90,175.89

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Garland Public Relations and Affairs

 $             9,000.00

 $             3,000.00

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

GCA Strategies

 $                          -  

 $           63,768.00

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Gladstone & Associates

 $                          -  

 $         276,587.21

 $                          -  

 $             1,750.00

 $                          -  

Gregg, Andrew T.

 $                 350.00

 $                 350.00

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Ground Floor Public Affairs

 $           70,500.00

 $           70,500.00

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

HMS Associates

 $         283,500.00

 $         286,500.00

 $                          -  

 $             1,000.00

 $                          -  

Hotel Council of San Francisco*

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $           10,000.00

 $                          -  

 $             1,000.00

Jane Winslow Consulting

 $                          -  

 $             6,650.00

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

John D. Newman

 $           12,500.00

 $             3,923.88

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Keil & Connolly

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

LaPointe & Associates

 $           64,500.00

 $           58,500.00

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Looman, David

 $                          -  

 $             3,000.00

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Loeven and Associates, LLC

 $           14,071.00

 $             3,977.40

 $                          -  

 $                   50.00

 $                          -  

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLP

 $             3,100.00

 $             1,250.00

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Moscone Public Affairs

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Pacific Gas and Electic and its affiliated entities

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $             3,216.72

Philip F. Lesser

 $             2,850.00

 $             2,400.00

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Platinum Advisors

 $         331,877.95

 $         274,391.48

 $                          -  

 $                 250.00

 $                          -  

Reuben & Junius LLP

 $             1,290.50

 $             1,290.50

 $                          -  

 $                 750.00

 $                          -  

SF Apartment Association

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $             2,000.00

 $             7,500.00

SF Association of Realtors

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $           33,063.40

SF Baseball Associates

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $             6,251.40

SF Chamber of Commerce

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $             6,225.50

SF Firefightes Local 798

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $             1,250.00

 $         291,490.85

Singer Associates, Inc.

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

 $                          -  

Solem & Associates

 $           17,459.69

 $           26,111.31

 $                          -  

 $                 100.00

 $                          -  

      

TOTALS

 $     1,215,849.69

 $     1,588,705.20

 $           10,000.00

 $           15,650.00

 $         452,916.69

*Filer incurred more than $10,000 in activity expenses

     

Table 2 – Political Contributions of $100 or more made by lobbyists

LOBBYIST ORGANIZATIONName of Candidate or CommitteeDelivered on Behalf ofAmount of Contribution

 Barnes, Mosher, Whitehurst & Partners, Inc.

Re-elect San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Sam Lauter

$                      500.00

 

Kamala Harris for Attorney General

Sam Lauter

$                  1,000.00

 

Newsom For Governor

Sam Lauter

$                  2,500.00

 

Re-elect San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Mark Mosher

$                      500.00

 

Kamala Harris for Attorney General

Mark Mosher

$                  1,000.00

 

Re-elect San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

John Whitehurst

$                      500.00

Kamala Harris for Attorney General

John Whitehurst

$                  1,000.00

 Bill Barnes

Re-elect San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Filer

$                      250.00

 

Debra Walker for Supervisor

Filer

$                      250.00

 Burke Rix Hines & Associates, LLC

Re-elect San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Filer

$                      250.00

 

Re-elect Treasurer Cisceeros

Filer

$                      250.00

California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee

Cisneros for Treasurer 2009

Filer

$                      500.00

Gladstone & Associates

Cisneros For Treasurer

Filer

$                      500.00

 

Debra Walker for DCCC

Filer

$                      250.00

 

Newsom For California

Filer

$                      500.00

 

Dennis Herrara for City Attorney

Filer

$                      500.00

HMS Associates

Phil Ting for Assessor

H. Marcia Smolens

$                      500.00

 

Cisneros for Tresurer

H. Marcia Smolens

$                      500.00

Platinum Advisors

Re-elect San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Eric Potashner

$                      250.00

Reuben & Junius LLP

Kamala Harris for Attorney General

James A. Reuben

$                      250.00

 

Alice B. Toklas LGBT

Filer

$                      500.00

SF Apartment Association

Plan C PAC

SFAA PAC

 $                 2,000.00

SF Fire Fighters Local 798

Kamala Harris for Attorney General

San Francisco Fire Fighters PAC

 $                     250.00

 

Re-elect San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera

San Francisco Fire Fighters PAC

 $                     500.00

 

Re-elect Treasurer Cisceeros

San Francisco Fire Fighters PAC

 $                     500.00

Solem & Associates

Phil Ting for Assessor

Filer

 $                     100.00

 Total

  

 $               15,600.00

Table 3 – Total Contributions by Lobbyists
(Includes contributions of less than $100)

Lobbyist OrganizationLobbyist Contribution Totals

Barnes, Mosher, Whitehurst & Partners, Inc.

 $                     7,000.00

Bill Barnes

 $                         500.00

Burke Rix Hines & Associates

 $                         500.00

California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee

 $                         500.00

Gladstone & Associates

 $                     1,750.00

HMS Associates

 $                     1,000.00

Loeven and Associates, LLC

 $                           50.00

Platinum Advisors

 $                         250.00

Reuben & Junius LLP

 $                         750.00

SF Apartment Association

 $                     2,000.00

SF Fire Fighters Local 798

 $                     1,250.00

Solem & Associates

 $                         100.00

 Total

 $                   15,650.00

Table 4 – Activity Expenses

Total Activity Expenses Benefiting City Officers During This Reporting Period
LOBBYIST ORGANIZATIONDATEBENEFICIARYBENEFITAMOUNT SPENT ON BENEFICIARYTOTAL COST OF ACTIVITYTOTAL ACTIVITY EXPENSES

Hotel Council of San Francisco

4/1/09 – 6/30/09

SFPUC Rate Fairness Board

Salary

 N/A

 More than $10,000

 More than $10,000

*Filer incurred more than $10,000 in activity expenses for employee salaries

Table 5 – Gift Tickets and Admissions

LOBBYIST ORGANIZATIONDATEEVENTBENEFICIARY

Pacific Gas and Electric and its affliated entities

4/20/2009

Jewish Vocational Services, 17th Annual Strictly Business Awards

Michael Sweet, Commissioner, SF Human Rights Commission

Table 6 City Contracts Awarded

LOBBYIST ORGANIZATIONDATE AWARDEDTYPE OF CONTRACT AWARDEDCITY OFFICER/DEPARTMENT APPROVING CONTRACT

Solem and Associates

4/6/2009

Grassroots outreach for Green Apartments Program

Mark Westlund, Department of the Environment

Table 7 – Employment of City Officers or Employees

LobbyistName of City Officer EmployedServices Provided for Filer

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Jim Lazarus, Recreation and Park Commissioner

Senior Vice President, Public Policy

Hotel Council of San Francisco

Patricia Breslin, Member of PUC Rate Fairness Board

Not Reported

Comcast

Linda Crayton, San Francisco Airport Commissioner

Senior Regional Director, Government Relations

Pacific Gas and Electric and its affliated entities

Mary Jung, Member of Civil Service Commission

Manager, Customer Energy Eficiency

Pacific Gas and Electric and its affliated entities

Darlene C. Chiu, Member of Small Business Commission

Manager, News Department

Table 8 – Payments for Campaign Consulting Services

LobbyistName of City Officer From Whom Payment ReceivedAmount/Date of Payment & Services Provided

Ground Floor Public Affairs

Dennis Herrera, City Attorney

$22,500

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