Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – February 1, 2010 – Ethics Commission Releases Fourth Quarter 2009 Report on Lobbyist Activity

Contact:
John St. Croix
(415) 252-3100

For Release: February 1, 2010

Ethics Commission Releases Fourth Quarter 2009 Report on Lobbyist Activity

The San Francisco Ethics Commission has released a summary of activities reported by 40 lobbyists filing with the City and County of San Francisco for the Fourth Quarter lobbyist disclosure period covering October 1, 2009 through December 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.  The summary report is also available at the Commission’s website https://www.sfethics.org, or at the Ethics Commission office.

Summary of Fourth Quarter 2009 Lobbyist Activity

1. Payments to Contract Lobbyists

Contract lobbyists reported receiving $1,543,565.55 in payments from clients for influencing local legislative or administrative action during the fourth quarter. The highest amounts of payments were:  Platinum Advisors, LLC, $ 293,142.30; HMS Associates, $275,000; and Gladstone & Associates, $236,021.20.

2. Payments Made by Business and Organization and Expenditure Lobbyists

Business and organization and expenditure lobbyists reported spending a total of  $245,701.02 during the fourth quarter to influence local legislative and administrative action.  The business and organization and expenditure lobbyists that made the largest total payments were:  AT&T (Pacific Telesis & Subsidiaries), $67,786.97; Pacific Gas and Electric and its affiliated entities, $65,792.35; and San Francisco Common Sense Coalition, $58,110.29.

3. Political Contributions

Political contributions made by lobbyists during the fourth quarter totaled $42,750.  The lobbyists making the largest contributions were:  San Francisco Association of Realtors, $13,000; AT&T (Pacific Telesis & Subsidiaries), $10,000; and Pacific Gas and Electric and its affiliated entities, $5000.

QuarterNumber of LobbyistsPayments Promised to Contract LobbyistsPayments Received by Contract Lobbyists           Payments Made by B/O & Expenditure LobbyistsTotal Activity ExpensesTotal  Political Contributions Made
First Quarter 199646*$193,924$194,419$46,659$26,350
Second Quarter 199648*$397,487$362,676$92,113$37,350
Third Quarter 199651*$492,200$194,910$82,846$288,074
Fourth Quarter 199649*$633,854$184,952$298,023$306,200
1996 Totals  $1,717,465$936,957$519,641$657,974
First Quarter 199753*$687,854$157,037$58,896$17,099
Second Quarter 199753*$814,461$137,878$62,542$62,542
Third Quarter 199752*$696,768$125,193$62,087$3,325
Fourth Quarter 199752*$713,442$142,699$318,653$31,900
1997 Totals  $2,912,525$562,807$502,178$114,866
First Quarter 199854*$736,956$202,273$40,229$232,934
Second Quarter 199854*$781,308$146,742$44,355$450,873
Third Quarter 199853*$779,146$235,666$40,475$29,667
Fourth Quarter 199856*$964,340$196,690$31,107$45,344
1998 Totals  $3,261,750$781,371$156,166$758,818
First Quarter 199952*$771,256$157,841$31,415$16,950
Second Quarter 199950*$936,558$200,658$15,683$36,700
Third Quarter 199951$818,178$803,881$3,299,862$21,183$33,806
Fourth Quarter 199948$752,976$1,024,083$201,505$20,095$471,949
1999 Totals $1,571,154$3,535,778$3,859,866$88,376$559,405
First Quarter 200049$771,004$1,133,208$211,343$20,892$99,151
Second Quarter 200045$1,232,453$1,343,491$645,384$23,826$192,324
Third Quarter 200045$840,439$1,167,481$171,671$34,358$85,607
Fourth Quarter 200044$656,125$1,225,536$246,963$12,251$407,601
2000 Totals $3,500,021$4,869,716$1,275,361$91,327$784,683
First Quarter 200144$744,848$1,211,181$157,177$11,177$13,580
Second Quarter 200150$782,808$1,270,966$195,980$22,353$26,875
Third Quarter 200146$752,042$976,304$136,432$20,838$363,300
Fourth Quarter 200146$724,308$1,048,135$114,967$20,366$1,064,275
2001 Totals $3,004,006$4,506,586$604,556$74,734$1,468,030
First Quarter 200240$599,510$637,444$117,522$31,690$115,904
Second Quarter 200241$743,553$955,391$212,522$21,957$20,733
Third Quarter 200241$661,594$703,902$182,631$12,598$1,107,938
Fourth Quarter 200245$742,763$859,820$187,111$11,520$2,074,570
2002 Totals $2,747,420$3,156,557$699,786$77,765$3,319,145
First Quarter 200340$680,971$921,356$217,689$20,358$8,825
Second Quarter 200341$703,831$793,801$185,827$22,022$26,470
Third Quarter 200345$956,911$1,054,391$297,866$11,853$254,110
Fourth Quarter 200346$855,813$995,624$585,993$11,063$321,885
2003 Totals $3,197,526$3,765,172$1,287,375$65,296$611,290
First Quarter 200440$651,382$876,502$20,125$65,250$176,517
Second Quarter 200441$705,337$888,519$23,715$38,250$276,773
Third Quarter 200441$674,769$896,416$175,957$20,128$28,194
Fourth Quarter 200444$810,402$1,051,253$402,856$21,399$250,626
2004 Totals $2,841,890 $3,712,690 $622,653$145,027$732,110
First Quarter 200543$939,360$1,148,341$172,179$22,579$27,150
Second Quarter 200543$935,425$1,329,129$127,521$24,102$17,050
Third Quarter 200543$987,851$1,703,446$221,557$20,091$16,088
Fourth Quarter 200545$886,837$1,452,962$178,808$20,631$56,489
2005 Totals $3,749,473$5,633,878$700,065$87,403$116,777
First Quarter 200641$759,168$1,302,654$74,774$21,203$24,876
Second Quarter 200644$832,223$1,299,692$95,786$37,258$189,583
Third Quarter 200646$744,936$1,491,764$89,225$30,112$28,000
Fourth Quarter 200648$1,000,836$1,468,967$94,114$10,522$208,880
2006 Totals $3,337,163$5,563,077$353,899$99,095$451,339
First Quarter 200740$1,087,704$1,513,964$56,204$10,348$14,350
Second Quarter 200742$1,244,802$1,578,865$117,568$10,797$15,195
Third Quarter 200742$1,354,107$1,874,085$109,932$10,000$55,860
Fourth Quarter 200743$1,198,314$1,705,935$136,034$10,050$116,150
2007 Totals $4,884,927$6,672,849$419,738$41,195$201,555
First Quarter 200840$1,322,977$1,857,756$105,937$10,334$54,352
Second Quarter 200843$1,352,376$2,024,489$361,884$10,105$670,178
Third Quarter 200844$1,440,946$1,727,747$146,890$10,000$5,301,761
Fourth Quarter 200839$1,284,674$1,659,330$58,086$10,000$5,736,816
2008 Totals $5,400,973$7,269,322$672,797$40,439$11,763,107
First Quarter 200942$1,137,779$1,557,539$176,024>$17,887$ 5250
Second Quarter 200943$1,215,850$1,588,705$452,917>$10,000$15,650
Third Quarter 200939$1,231,662$1,770,165$118,274>$10,000$11,100
Fourth Quarter 200940$1,207,050$1,543,566$245,7010$42,750
2009 Totals $4,792,341$6,459,975$992,916>$37,887$74,750

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