Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Press Release – April 19, 2012 – San Francisco Ethics Commission Releases First Quarter 2012 Report On Campaign Consultant Activity

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

For release: April 19, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS COMMISSION RELEASES FIRST QUARTER 2012 REPORT ON CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT ACTIVITY

Pursuant to San Francisco’s Regulation of Campaign Consultants Ordinance, the San Francisco Ethics Commission has released its summary report of campaign consultant activity for the first quarter of 2012

The summary report includes information disclosed in the first quarter activity reports, which were due on March 15, 2012, and covered the filing period beginning December 1, 2011 and ending February 29, 2012.  Twenty-nine campaign consultants were required to file quarterly reports with the Ethics Commission for this reporting period. 

Payments to Campaign Consultants.  For the first quarter of 2012, active campaign consultants reported receiving $102,990 in payments from their clients.  Of this amount, Jordan Curley reported receiving the highest total in payments, $20,000.

Political Contributions Made by Campaign Consultants.  Political contributions by registered campaign consultants during the first quarter of 2012 totaled $1,500.  Three consultants, Hsieh & Associates, Stearns Consulting, and Storefront Political Media, reported contributing the highest amount, $500 each.

The Commission reported that the level of campaign consultant activity has fluctuated since the first filing in June 1998 (the second quarter of 1998).  Commission staff compiled data pertaining to campaign consultant activity since the implementation of the Ordinance as follows:

Quarter Number of Consultants Total Payments Promised Total Payments Received Total Contributions Made
First Quarter 2007 14 $115,761 $135,720 $1,200
Second Quarter 2007 16 $227,514 $163,333 $41,000
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
First Quarter 2010 26 $273,847 $348,578 $100
Second Quarter 2010 30 $449,666 $666,692 $3,900
Third Quarter 2010 41 $593,564 $635,782 $3,118
Fourth Quarter 2010 47 $1,575,846 $2,766,813 $1,600
First Quarter 2011 30 $228,264 $400,226 $2,100
Second Quarter 2011 29 $475,807 $399,184 $270
Third Quarter 2011 48 $757,556 $738,202 $1,950
Fourth Quarter 2011 64 $3,502,429 $3,757,950 $3,551
First Quarter 2012 29 $87,739 $102,990 $1,500

The Regulation of Campaign Consultants Ordinance (“Ordinance”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, Article I, Chapter 5, Sections 1.500 – 1.540, was approved by San Francisco voters in November 1997.  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 reports include the following information: payments promised by or received from clients of campaign consultants, political contributions made by campaign consultants to local candidates and local ballot measure committees, gifts made by campaign consultants to local candidates, payments promised by or received from vendors or sub-vendors, employment by campaign consultants of local officeholders and City employees, and City contracts obtained by campaign consultants during a reporting period and appointment of campaign consultants to public office.

The registration and quarterly activity reports filed by campaign consultants are available for viewing at the Ethics Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102.  The telephone number is (415) 252-3100.  The Campaign Consultant Summary Report is also available at the Commission office and will be available on the Internet by accessing the Commission’s web site:  www.sfethics.org.

The Ethics Commission was established through voter approval of a Charter Amendment in November 1993.  The Commission serves the public, City employees and officials, and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws.  It also provides open access to public records in ethics-related matters.  Its duties include: filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, campaign consultant and lobbyist registration and regulation, administration of the limited public finance and Whistleblower programs, conflict of interest reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, providing advice and conducting statistical reporting.    

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