Jamienne S. Studley, Chairperson
John St. Croix, Executive Director
Report prepared by:
Date Issued: January 29, 2010
CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT FILING
FOURTH QUARTER 2009
In November 1997, San Francisco voters approved the Regulation of Campaign Consultants Ordinance (“Ordinance”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sections 1.500-1.540. The Ordinance requires persons who earn $1,000 or more per year for campaign consultant services to register with the Ethics Commission and file quarterly activity reports.
The fourth quarter activity reports were due on December 15, 2009 and covered the filing period beginning September 1, 2009 and ending November 30, 2009.
II. Comparative Data
The level of campaign consultant activity has fluctuated since the first filing in June 1998 (the second quarter of 1998). The chart on the next page compares data compiled pertaining to campaign consultant activity since implementation of the Ordinance. As indicated, the level of campaign consultant activity generally increases or decreases depending on 1) whether an election is held and 2) the number and type of local items on the ballot.
|Quarter||Number of Consultants||Total Payments Promised||Total Payments Received||Total Contributions Made|
|First Quarter 2002||22||$242,752||$259,357||$1,100|
|Second Quarter 2002||23||$121,413||$311,663||$2,100|
|Third Quarter 2002||40||$320, 373||$345,325||$2,200|
|Fourth Quarter 2002||50||$3,002,128||$3,243,997||$8,003|
|First Quarter 2003||42||$368,102||$331,328||$3,850|
|Second Quarter 2003||51||$486,555||$530,434||$3,250|
|Third Quarter 2003||64||$618,346||$749,332||$2,805|
|Fourth Quarter 2003||64||$1,112,506||$1,367,183||$10,125|
|First Quarter 2004||36||$352,837||$243,578||$1,600|
|Second Quarter 2004||29||$180,947||$136,950||$1,650|
|Third Quarter 2004||45||$461,739||$405,991||$11,050|
|Fourth Quarter 2004||55||$620,070||$943,214||$4,786|
|First Quarter 2005||17||$78,578||$29,762||$1,750|
|Second Quarter 2005||17||$87,399||$93,085||$250|
|Third Quarter 2005||20||$160,430||$102,377||$950|
|Fourth Quarter 2005||23||$256,254||$283,731||$1,150|
|First Quarter 2006||9||$68,911||$72,654||$1,900|
|Second Quarter 2006||13||$400,328||$385,303||$1,000|
|Third Quarter 2006||18||$279,270||$310,077||$4,200|
|Fourth Quarter 2006||21||$842,765||$617,275||$12,700|
|First Quarter 2007||14||$115,761||$135,720||$1,200|
|Second Quarter 2007||16||$227,514||$163,333||N/A*|
|Third Quarter 2007||19||$479,895||$414,496||$69,137|
|Fourth Quarter 2007||19||$1,262,553||$1,324,139||$35,875|
|First Quarter 2008||21||$622,255||$830,920||$92,950|
|Second Quarter 2008||27||$718,486||$1,011,559||$3,750|
|Third Quarter 2008||40||$862,640||$811,954||$4,843|
|Fourth Quarter 2008||41||$1,985,420||$3,978,592||$4,830|
|First Quarter 2009||21||$490,230||$451,730||$1,560|
|Second Quarter 2009||20||$429,076||$447,804||$3,545|
|Third Quarter 2009||25||$519,855||$562,206||$2,250|
|Fourth Quarter 2009||27||$874,076||$880,721||$500|
III. The Campaign Consultant Ordinance
The Ordinance defines “campaign consultant” as a person or entity that receives or is promised $1,000 or more in a calendar year for providing either of the following services:
“Campaign Management,” defined as conducting, coordinating or supervising a campaign to elect, defeat, retain or recall a local candidate, or to adopt or defeat a local ballot measure, including but not limited to:
- Hiring or authorizing the hiring of campaign staff and consultants; or
- Spending or authorizing the expenditure of campaign funds; or
- Directing, supervising or conducting the solicitation of campaign contributions; or
- Selecting or recommending vendors or subvendors of goods or services for the campaign.
“Campaign Strategy,” defined as planning for the election, defeat, retention or recall of a local candidate, or for the adoption or defeat of a local ballot measure, including not but limited to:
- Producing or authorizing the production of campaign literature and print and broadcast advertising; or
- Seeking endorsements of organizations or individuals; or
- Seeking financing; or
- Advising on public policy positions.
Employees of campaign consultants do not themselves qualify as campaign consultants. However, persons and entities that subcontract with a campaign consultant to provide campaign consulting services and that receive or are promised $1,000 or more in a calendar year do qualify as campaign consultants. Similarly, employees of campaigns who engage in campaign management or campaign strategy and are promised or receive $1,000 or more in a calendar year also qualify as campaign consultants.
Campaign consultants are required to report only activity associated with local candidates or local ballot measures. For purposes of the Ordinance, “candidate” means: (1) a person who has taken affirmative action to seek nomination or election to local office, or (2) a local officeholder who has taken affirmative action to seek nomination or election to any elective office, or (3) a local officeholder who is the subject of a recall election.
“Local officeholder” means the following elected officers: Mayor, Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, City Attorney, District Attorney, Treasurer, Sheriff, Assessor, Public Defender, Members of the Board of Education of the San Francisco Unified School District, and Members of the Governing Board of the San Francisco Community College District.
“Measure” means a local referendum, or a local ballot measure, whether or not it qualifies for the ballot.
The Commission staff has compiled the information filed by campaign consultants for the fourth quarter of 2008 in the attached tables. All amounts reported by campaign consultants have been rounded to the nearest whole dollar.
IV. Description of Quarterly Report Tables
Table 1: Total Reported Activity (September 1, 2009 – November 30, 2009)
Table 1 summarizes all reported activity by campaign consultants for the fourth quarter of 2009. Filers are listed in alphabetical order. The total payments promised by clients and any political contributions or gifts to officeholders made by the filers are also reported.
|Consultant||Payments Promised By Clients||Payments Received From Clients||Political Contributions|
|Armour Media Group||$0||$0||$0|
|Bowman, Christopher L.||$0||$0||$0|
|Ground Floor Public Affairs||$20,000||$20,000||$250|
|Hildebrand Strategies, Inc.||$20,411||$11,450||$0|
|Hope Road Consulting, LLC||$3,576||$3,576||$0|
|Hsieh & Associates||$0||$14,462||$0|
|Integrated Fundraising Strategies||$25,545||$18,517||$0|
|Left Coast Communications||$36,075||$36,075||$0|
|MSHC Partners, Inc.||$2,000||$0||$0|
|Roumeliotes, Stefanie (SGR Consulting)||$16,341||$16,000||$0|
|SCN Strategies, Inc.||$67,500||$67,500||$0|
|The Garry South Group||$63,158||$63,455||$0|
|Stearns Consulting, Inc.||$408,285||$408,285||$0|
|Storefront Political Media||$0||$0||$250|
|Terris Barnes & Walters||$0||$0||$0|
|Whitehurst Campaigns, Inc.||$13,000||$13,000||$0|
|Workman, Dee Dee||$18,255||$18,255||$0|
Table 2: Client Payment Report
Filers are required to report “economic consideration” promised by or received from clients in exchange for campaign consulting services during the applicable reporting period. Economic consideration includes payments, fees, commissions, and reimbursements for expenses, gifts or anything else of value.
Table 2 lists the name of the filer in alphabetical order, the filer’s clients, the services performed for that client, the payment promised by the client in the reporting period, and the payment actually received. The table also indicates the total payments promised or received by all filers. The payments promised by all clients to filers during the fourth quarter totaled $874,076. The payments received by all filers from clients during the fourth quarter totaled $880,721.
|CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT||CLIENT(S)||SERVICES PERFORMED||TOTAL PAYMENTS PROMISED||TOTAL PAYMENTS RECEIVED|
|Ballard, Sarah||Michela Alioto-Pier for Insurance Commissioner 2010||Fundraising services||$20,079||$23,546|
|Brokaw, Brian||Kamala Harris for Attorney General||Campaign management||$27,476||$27,476|
|Clemons, Nick||Newsom for California Exploratory Committee||Campaign management||$38,750||$38,750|
|Corcoran, Chris||Newsom for California Exploratory Committee||Campaign Fundraising||$27,500||$27,500|
|Green, Jim||Kamala Harris for Attorney General||Fundraising services||$32,463||$32,463|
|Ground Floor Public Affairs||Re-Elect City Attorney Dennis Herrera||Campaign consulting & strategy||$15,000||$15,000|
|Ground Floor Public Affairs||Daniel Dean for Superior Court Judge 2010||Campaign management and strategy||$5,000||$5,000|
|Hariri, Baha||Michela Alioto-Pier for Insurance Commissioner 2010||Campaign management||$22,812||$27,812|
|Hildebrand Strategies, Inc.||Bevan Dufty for Mayor 2011||Campaign budget development; fundraising and scheduling||$20,411||$11,450|
|Hope Road Consulting, LLC||Steve Ngo||Campaign consulting services||$1,486||$1,486|
|Hope Road Consulting, LLC||Hydra Mendoza||Campaign consulting services||$2,090||$2,090|
|Hsieh & Associates||Newsom for California Exploratory Committee||Political advice, endorsements, and fundraising||$0||$14,462|
|Hsieh, Francisco||Fiona Ma||Fundraising and outreach||$4,500||$4,500|
|Integrated Fundraising Strategies||Re-Elect City Attorney Dennis Herrera||Fundraising consulting and event planning||$25,545||$18,517|
|Lee, Christopher||Mark Farrell for Supervisor||Campaign strategy and advice||$4,000||$4,000|
|Left Coast Communications||San Franciscans Against Commercialization – No on C, No on D, Yes on E'||Campaign strategy, fundraising, voter communications materials||$36,075||$36,075|
|Lyons, Nichelle||Carmen Chu for Supervisor 2010||Fundraising services||$0||$1,750|
|MSHC Partners, Inc.||Michela Alioto-Pier for Insurance Commissioner 2010||Creation of landing page for internet website||$2,000||$0|
|PCS Communications||Rafael Mandelman 2010 DCCC/Supervisor||Campaign strategy, media production, development||$2,349||$2,349|
|Roumeliotes, Stefanie||Michela Alioto-Pier for Insurance Commissioner 2010||Finance strategy & execution for campaign||$16,341||$16,000|
|SCN Strategies, Inc.||Kamala Harris for Attorney General||Campaign management and strategy||$45,000||$45,000|
|SCN Strategies, Inc.||Michela Alioto-Pier for Insurance Commissioner 2010||Campaign consulting||$22,500||$22,500|
|The Garry South Group||Newsom for California Exploratory Committee||Campaign consulting services||$63,158||$63,455|
|Stearns Consulting||Real Budget Reform/Yes on A||Campaign strategy and media||$32,032||$32,032|
|Stearns Consulting||Mid-Market ARTS Alliance||Campaign strategy and media||$263,912||$263,912|
|Stearns Consulting||One California for All – Yee for C||Campaign strategy and media||$54,894||$54,894|
|Stearns Consulting||Kamala Harris for Attorney General||Campaign strategy and media||$37,562||$37,562|
|Stearns Consulting||Protect our Rec. Centers/Yes on C||Campaign strategy and media||$18,926||$18,926|
|Stearns Consulting||Debra Walker||Campaign strategy and media||$959||$959|
|Whitehurst Campaigns, Inc.||Cisneros for Treasurer 2009||General campaign management consulting||$0||$3,000|
|Whitehurst Campaigns, Inc.||Committee to Re-Elect Dennis Herrera||Media consulting||$0||$10,000|
|Workman, Dee Dee||Mid-Market ARTS Alliance||Campaign strategy||$18,255||$18,255|
Table 3: Political Contributions
Filers must report each political contribution of $100 or more to a candidate for local office, a committee controlled by a local officeholder or a candidate for local office, or a ballot measure committee whether or not the committee is controlled by a local officeholder or a candidate for local office. Filers must report contributions of $100 or more made or delivered by the filer, or made by the filer’s client at the filer’s behest, or for which the filer acted as an agent or intermediary during the reporting period. This chart indicates the political contributions made by campaign consultants during the reporting period. Filers reported a total of $2,250 in political contributions during the third quarter.
|CONTRIBUTIONS TO CITY OFFICERS/CANDIDATES FOR CITY OFFICE|
|Committee Name||Consultant Name||Amount|
|Michela Alioto-Pier for Insurance Commissioner||Ground Floor Public Affairs||$250|
|Scott Weiner for Supervisor, 2010||Storefront Political Media||$250|
TOTAL OF CONTRIBUTIONS OF $100 OR MORE MADE DURING FOURTH QUARTER 2009
Each filer must report economic consideration promised to or received by the filer during the reporting period from vendors and sub-vendors who provide campaign-related goods or services to the filer’s current clients. No filers reported receiving any vendor/subvendor payments during this reporting period.
Gifts to Local Officeholders
Each filer must report any gifts promised or made by the filer to a local officeholder during the reporting period which in the aggregate total $50 or more. No filers reported any gifts promised or made to a local officeholder during this reporting period.
Employment of Local Officeholders and City Employees
If the filer employs a local officeholder or City employee during the reporting period, the filer must report the name of the officeholder or City employee and describe the nature of the employment by the filer. In addition, if a client of the filer employs a local officeholder or City employee at the behest of the filer during the reporting period, the filer must report the name of the client, the name of each officeholder or City employee hired by the client, and the nature of the employment by the client.
Ground Floor Public Affairs reported that it employs Justin Roja, a Commissioner for the Entertainment Commission, as an Account Executive.
City Contracts Obtained During the Reporting Period
If the filer obtains a City contract during the reporting period and the contract is approved by a local officeholder who is the filer’s client, the filer must report the contract, the date the contract was obtained, and the name of the officeholder who approved the contract. No filers reported obtaining a City contract during the reporting period.
Appointment to Public Office
If the filer is appointed to public office during the reporting period and the appointment is made by a local officeholder who is the filer’s client, the filer must report the public office to which the filer was appointed, the date of the appointment, and the name of the officeholder who appointed the filer. No filers reported appointment to public office during the reporting period.