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Press Release – August 11, 2009 – Summary of Actions Taken at August 10, 2009 Meeting



John St.

(415) 252-3100

For release: August 11,


At its meeting on August 10, 2009, the San Francisco Ethics Commission
took the following actions:

  • Discussed and received public comment on whether to change
    the $500 contribution limit for local candidates under section 1.114(a)
    of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code (SF
    C&GC Code).  Commission staff will survey interested
    persons and regulated filers to assess interest in changing the
    contribution limit.  
  • Discussed possible amendments to the Campaign Finance
    Reform Ordinance (CFRO), SF C&GC Code section 1.100, et
    seq.  By a vote of 4-0, the Commission approved proposed
    amendments to section 1.108 (Candidate Committee Trust Accounts and
    Campaign Contingency Accounts), 1.112 (Electronic Campaign Disclosure),
    1.113 (Disclosure Requirements During Signature Gathering Periods for
    Initiatives, Referenda and Recall), 1.122 (Solicitation or Acceptance
    of Campaign Contributions – Limitations), 1.128 (Acceptance or
    Rejection of Voluntary Expenditure Ceilings), 1.130 (Amount of
    Voluntary Expenditure Ceilings), 1.134 (Lifting of Voluntary
    Expenditure Ceilings; Supplemental Reporting), 1.135 (Supplemental
    Pre-Election Statements), 1.144 (Disbursement of Public Funds), 1.148
    (Restrictions on Use of Public Funds; Unexpended Public Funds), 1.150
    (Audit; Repayment), 1.156 (Report to the Mayor and Board of
    Supervisors), 1.161 (Disclosure and Filing Requirements for Mass
    Mailings), 1.161.5 (Disclosure and Filing for Electioneering
    Communications), and 1.168 (Enforcement; Advice).  The
    Commission also approved amendments to renumber sections 1.134.5
    (Lifting of Individual Expenditure Ceilings), 1.158 (Implementing
    Regulations), and 1.160 (No Limitation of Candidate Liability); and to
    add new sections 1.109 (Retention of Records), 1.143 (Adjusting
    Individual Expenditure Ceilings), and 1.171 (Issuance of
    Subpoenas).  The Commission will consider other possible
    amendments to the CFRO at its next meeting, including but not limited
    to sections 1.104 (Definitions), 1.118 (Payment of Accrued Expenses),
    and 1.140 (Eligibility to Receive Public Financing).  

The Commission’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on
Monday, September 14, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 408 City Hall.


The Ethics Commission, established in November 1993, serves the public,
City employees and officials and candidates for public office through
education and enforcement of ethics laws.  Its duties
include:  filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure
statements, lobbyist and campaign consultant registration and
regulation, administration of the public financing program,
whistleblower program, conflict of interest reporting, investigations
and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical
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