Date: October 18, 2011
To: Ballot Measure Committees formed to support/oppose a measure that has not been
voted upon and that will not appear on the November 8, 2011 ballot
From: John St. Croix, Executive Director
Re: Courtesy Notice regarding the October 31, 2011 Quarterly Filing Deadline
Please review this memorandum carefully. It contains important information about your campaign disclosure filing obligations. If you have questions on any of the items discussed below, please call our office at 415-252-3100 during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A. Who needs to file?
All ballot measure committees that are formed to support or oppose a measure that has not been voted upon and will not appear on the November 8, 2011 ballot must file a quarterly statement no later than October 31, 2011.
B. What is the period covered by the Statement?
The quarterly statement covers the period between: either (a) the day after the closing date of the previous statement filed through September 30, 2011; or (b) if no statement was filed in 2011, January 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011.
C. Do you need to file electronically in addition to your paper filing?
If you receive contributions or make independent expenditures of $5,000 or more during any calendar year, you must also file an electronic statement in addition to the paper statement. Once you qualify to file electronic statements, you must continue to file electronically until you terminate your committee.
D. What is the fee for the late filing of paper and/or electronic reports?
State and local law impose a late filing fee of $10/day for paper campaign statements received after the filing deadline. This liability is limited to the cumulative amount reported by the late statement or $100, whichever is greater. The San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance imposes an additional fine of $25/day for electronic filings received after the deadline. This liability is limited to the cumulative amount reported by the statement or $250, whichever is greater.
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