EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
TO THE SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION
For the Meeting of May 10, 2010
The Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors has begun hearings on the budget for FY 10-11. The hearings for general fund departments will occur in June. For the Ethics Commission, the first hearing will be on June 16 and the second one will be on June 23. As you know, union members are currently voting on ratification of tentative agreements that will have an impact on City employees. I am in constant touch with the Mayor’s Budget Office and members of the Budget and Finance Committee.
2. Investigation and enforcement program.
Since its last regular meeting on April 12, 2010 the Commission has received two new complaints. There are currently 18 complaints in the Commission’s jurisdiction.
|Category||# of Complaints|
|Conflict of Interest||6|
|Campaign Consultant Ordinance||0|
3. Campaign finance disclosure program.
a. Filing deadline. The most recent filing deadline occurred on April 30, 2010 for the Quarterly statement for Ballot Measure committees, which covers through the reporting period ending March 31, 2010. All committees required to submit the Quarterly statement have filed on time.
The next filing deadline is May 27, 2010 for the Second Pre-Election statement, which covers through the reporting period ending May 22, 2010. Staff continues to answer questions from and conduct outreach to candidates and other committee representatives about campaign finance filing obligations.
b. Collection of late filing fees and contribution forfeitures. Campaign finance collections as of May 4 for FY 09-10 totaled $70,199, based on filings made during previous fiscal years and the current fiscal year. By comparison, campaign finance collections as of May 4 in prior fiscal years were as follows:
|Fiscal year||Collections by May 4||Total collections in FY|
The $70,199 amount is based on prior assessments as follows:
|FY when assessed||Amount collected in 09-10|
FY 08-09 waivers, as well as waivers from past years provided for comparison, are as follows:
|FY when assessed||Amount assessed||Amount waived during FY|
To date, the outstanding balance of late fees assessed from the current and previous years, including $33,378 in fees that have been referred to the Bureau of Delinquent Revenues, is $172,496, down from $200,131 as last reported.
The current outstanding balance of contribution forfeitures assessed as a result of the defective reporting of contributor information is $14,714, as last reported. The $14,714 amount consists of forfeitures from the 2005-2006 filing periods and does not include forfeiture assessments from the 2008 or subsequent filing periods.
c. Status of accounts to San Francisco Bureau of Delinquent Revenues (BDR). The following chart provides details on pending accounts referred to BDR:
|ID #||Treasurer or Responsible Officer||Date referral effective||Original amount referred||Last month’s balance||Current balance (Changes are in bold)|
|1||Committee to Elect Rebecca Silverberg||1220430||Lucia Paulazzo||5/6/05||$21,086.00||$21,086.00||$0|
|2||Johnnie Carter for Community College Board||1226264||Johnnie Carter||6/16/06||$9,520.00||$6,595.00||$6,595.00|
|3||Micheas Herman||PEN788||Micheas Herman||6/26/06||$100.00||$100.00||$100.00|
|4||San Franciscans for Fair & Honest Government||1258209||Erik Howell||10/20/06||$4,659.22||$4,659.22||$4,659.22|
|5||Myrna Viray Lim for District 11 Supervisor||1256697||Jia Jun Chen||4/27/07||$3,855.00||$3,855.00||$3,855.00|
|6||Committee to Elect M. Valle for Treasurer||1278937||Manuel B. Valle||6/14/07||$5,525.00||$5,525.00||$5,525.00|
|7||Committee to Elect Vilma Guinto-Peoro Supervisor District #2||1291394||Vilma Guinto-Peoro||6/18/07||$10.00||$10.00||$10.00|
|8||Bill Barnes for District 5||1265969||Alix Rosenthal||1/3/08||$3,120||$3,110||$2,947.85|
|9||Care Not Cash||1244505||Ronald Jin||2/29/08||$5,331||$5,331||$5,331|
|10||Omar Khalif for Board of Educ.||1287030||Omar Khalif||7/30/09||$1,800||$1,800||$1,800|
|11||Myrna Lim for District 11 Sup||1306882||Myrna Lim||7/30/09||$1,180||$1,180||$1,180|
|12||Gregory Stephens||PEN196||Gregory Stephens||3/31/05||$420||$420||$420|
|13||San Francisco Women’s Political Committee||1243711||Giselle Barry||5/16/06||$1,906||$50||$50|
|14||San Francisco Women’s Political Committee||1243711||Giselle Barry||8/24/07||$905||$905||$905|
d. Electronic filing. On April 30, 2009 staff provided notice to committees subject to the electronic filing requirements under section 1.112(b) that they were required to file FPPC Forms 461 (Independent Expenditure Committee and Major Donor Committee Campaign Statement) and 465 (Supplemental Independent Expenditure Report) in electronic format starting July 1, 2009. Electronically filed forms and data are made available to the public on the Ethics Commission’s web site. The electronic filing requirement is in addition to the paper filing requirement. Forms 461 and 465 were added to the San Francisco Electronic Disclosure System (SFEDS) through the Commission’s contract with Netfile.
4. Revenues report.
For FY 09-10, the Commission is budgeted to generate $50,000 in revenues. As of May
4, 2010, the Commission received $113,534 as summarized below. The figure represents collection of approximately 227 percent of expected revenues for FY 09-10.
Revenues Received as of May 4, 2010:
|Source||Budgeted Amount FY 09-10||Receipts|
|Other Ethics General||$1,000||$255|
|Campaign Finance Fines||$22,000||$70,322|
|Campaign Consultant Fees||$15,000||$16,350|
|Statements of Economic Interests Fines||$1,000||$1,380|
|Other Ethics Fines||$1,000||$1,565|
|Campaign Consultant Fines||$1,000||$100|
5. Public financing/Campaign finance audit program.
As of May 4, the Commission disbursed a total of $142,020 in public funds to seven eligible candidates. Staff is working on audits of candidates who received public funding for the November 2008 election.
On May 12, staff will conduct a workshop for candidates running for office in November 2010. Staff continues to answer questions about the public financing program and other campaign finance requirements.
6. Lobbyist program.
As of May 1, 2010, 42 individual lobbyists were registered with the Commission. In the FY 09-10, $23,162 in lobbyist fees and $400 in fines have been collected, for a total of $23,562.
The April 2010 reporting deadline is May 15, 2010.
7. Campaign Consultant program.
As of May 3, 2010, thirty campaign consultants are active and registered with the Commission. $15,750 in registration fees and $850 in late fines have been collected in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. $750 of the late fines has been deposited into the general campaign consultant fee account. The next quarterly report is due Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Staff will mail reminder notices to all active campaign consultants two weeks prior to the deadline.
8. Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs).
As of April 29, 1,183 of SEIs, Sunshine Ordinance Declarations, and Certificate of Ethics Training entries were filed and uploaded onto the San Francisco Electronic Disclosure System (SFEDS). Staff spent a total of 497 hours (208 staff and 289 volunteer intern hours) to create accounts, conduct facial audit, process, record, scan, upload and redact the filings onto SFEDSs. Staff also went through a three-step review process to verify that all the forms we received were filed accurately and entered properly into SFEDS.
Of the SEI-related entries, 68 percent were filed before April 1, 2010. Of the 684 SEI forms that were required, 563 or 82 percent have been filed. Approximately 111 non-filer notifications were sent out on May 4, 2010. Staff projects that more filers will submit their forms in the coming weeks. Staff also hopes that in the future, the filing process can be simplified further for both the filer and the filing officer.
9. Outreach and Education.
On April 26, 2010, staff met with a delegation of representatives from Turkey, whose visit to the U.S. was sponsored by the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The purpose of the trip was to facilitate a greater understanding of U.S. policies, rationales, and the U.S. system of government; to explore progressive and innovative techniques for campaign organization and outreach to the populace; to learn about programs involving youth participation in the political campaigning; and to promote dialogue between U.S. and future Turkish leaders.
The Ethics Commission will continue to offer trainings on Statements of Incompatible Activities to City departments.
The following trainings are the currently scheduled in-person trainings for 2010:
Candidates’ Training: May 12, July 15, and August 19
GSA Medical Examiner’s Office SIA Training: August 5
Understanding Expenditure Ceilings: September 21
John St. Croix