EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
TO THE SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION
For the Meeting of July 12, 2010
The final budget number for the Ethics Commission for FY 2010/11 is $4,177,819. This is a combination of $2,201,325 for the operating budget and $1,976,494 for the Election Campaign Fund. The final operating budget is $45,505 less than the previous fiscal year. Please note, the figure reported last month was $38,411. However, all departments were required to make additional across-the-board cuts, which totaled an additional $7,094 for the Ethics Commission. Final adoption of the budget is expected by the end of this month.
2. Investigation and enforcement program.
Since its last regular meeting on June 14, 2010 the Commission has received zero 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 May 27 for the Second Pre-Election statement, which covers through the reporting period ending May 22, 2010. Four candidates/committees are delinquent in filing the Second Pre-Election statement. Staff contacted these candidates/committees by phone in addition to sending them a Non-Specific Written Notice. As of July 6, two candidates still have not filed their required statements.
The next filing deadline is August 2, 2010 for the First Semi Annual statement, which covers through the reporting period ending June 30. 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. In the FY 09-10, the Commission collected a total of $78,252 in campaign finance late fees and forfeitures. As of June 30, outstanding late fees and forfeitures total $179,733. Of the $179,733 in outstanding late fees and forfeitures, waiver requests are pending for $92,886, and $32,053 is pending at the Bureau of Delinquent Revenues.
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||Johnnie Carter for Community College Board||1226264||Johnnie Carter||6/16/06||$9,520.00||$6,595.00||$6,595.00|
|2||Micheas Herman||PEN788||Micheas Herman||6/26/06||$100.00||$100.00||$100.00|
|3||San Franciscans for Fair & Honest Government||1258209||Erik Howell||10/20/06||$4,659.22||$4,659.22||$4,659.22|
|4||Myrna Viray Lim for District 11 Supervisor||1256697||Jia Jun Chen||4/27/07||$3,855.00||$3,855.00||$3,855.00|
|5||Committee to Elect M. Valle for Treasurer||1278937||Manuel B. Valle||6/14/07||$5,525.00||$5,525.00||$5,525.00|
|6||Committee to Elect Vilma Guinto-Peoro Supervisor District #2||1291394||Vilma Guinto-Peoro||6/18/07||$10.00||$10.00||$10.00|
|7||Bill Barnes for District 5||1265969||Alix Rosenthal||1/3/08||$3,120||$2.647.85||$2,447.85|
|8||Care Not Cash||1244505||Ronald Jin||2/29/08||$5,331||$4,806||$4,506.00|
|9||Omar Khalif for Board of Educ.||1287030||Omar Khalif||7/30/09||$1,800||$1,800||$1,800|
|10||Myrna Lim for District 11 Sup||1306882||Myrna Lim||7/30/09||$1,180||$1,180||$1,180|
|11||Gregory Stephens||PEN196||Gregory Stephens||3/31/05||$420||$420||$420|
|12||San Francisco Women’s Political Committee||1243711||Giselle Barry||5/16/06||$1,906||$50||$50|
|13||San Francisco Women’s Political Committee||1243711||Giselle Barry||8/24/07||$905||$905||$905|
4. Revenues report.
For FY 10-11, the Commission is budgeted to generate $78,000 in revenues. As of July
6, 2010, the Commission received $1,977 as summarized below. The figure represents collection of approximately 2.5 percent of expected revenues for FY 10-11.
Revenues Received as of July 6, 2010:
|Source||Budgeted Amount FY 10-11||Receipts|
|Other Ethics General||$1,000||$2|
|Campaign Finance Fines||$50,000||$1,975|
|Campaign Consultant Fees||$15,000|
|Statements of Economic Interests Fines||$1,000|
|Other Ethics Fines||$1,000|
|Campaign Consultant Fines||$1,000|
5. Public financing/Campaign finance audit program.
As of July 8, 2010, 13 candidates for the Board of Supervisors have been certified as eligible to receive public funds. The Commission disbursed a total of $458,453 in public funds to the 13 eligible candidates. Two candidates’ applications for public funding are currently under review.
The Ethics Commission has recently implemented a new system to disburse additional public funds to candidates who are certified to receive public financing. The Ethics Commission is requesting that certified candidates submit the form “Statement by Candidate Regarding His/Her Trust Account Limit”. The main purpose of this form is to make sure that the Ethics Commission disburses public funds without causing a candidate to exceed his or her Trust Account Limit (TAL). Staff is providing guidance to candidates regarding this new filing requirement. The next training for candidates is on July 15, 2010.
6. Lobbyist program.
As of July 1, 2010, 42 individual lobbyists were registered with the Commission. In the FY 09-10, $23,662 in lobbyist fees and $400 in fines have been collected, for a total of $24,062.
The June 2010 reporting deadline is July 15, 2010.
7. Campaign Consultant program.
As of July 7, 2010, twenty-nine campaign consultants are active and registered with the Commission. $16,200 in registration fees and $1,750 in late fines were collected in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The next quarterly report is due Wednesday, September 15, 2010. Staff will mail reminder notices to all active campaign consultants two weeks before the deadline.
8. Outreach and Education.
On June 15, 2010, staff provided a training on the filing of Statements of Economic Interests to the 2010-2011 Civil Grand Jury.
On June 22, 2010, staff provided a training on the Governmental Ethics Ordinance and the Ethics Commission’s Statement of Incompatible Activities.
The Commission continues to offer trainings on Statements of Incompatible Activities to City departments.
The following are the currently scheduled in-person trainings for 2010:
Candidates’ Training: July 15 and August 19
GSA Medical Examiner’s Office SIA Training: August 5
Understanding Expenditure Ceilings: September 21
John St. Croix