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Press Release – June 27, 2012 – SF Ethics Commission Announces that the Voluntary Expenditure Ceiling has been Lifted for Community College Board Candidates


John St. Croix
(415) 252-3100

For release: June 27, 2012


The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced today that it lifted the Voluntary Expenditure Ceiling (VEC) for candidates seeking election to the Governing Board of the San Francisco Community College District.    The VEC for all candidates in this race was lifted because Rodrigo Santos, a candidate for the Community College Board, filed form SFEC-134(b) stating that he received contributions that exceed 100 percent of the VEC.

Under section 1.134(a)(1) of the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance, the VEC is no longer binding on a candidate if a candidate seeking election to the same City elective office receives contributions or makes qualified campaign expenditures in excess of 100 percent of the applicable voluntary expenditure ceiling, or third parties make expenditures of payments for communications that clearly identify a candidate seeking election to the same office, and those expenditures or payments exceed the VEC.

A table reflecting the VEC for all offices up for election on November 6, 2012 is posted on the Ethics Commission website at  The VEC for candidates for the Board of Education of the San Francisco Unified School District remains in place.

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The Ethics Commission, established in November 1993, serves the public, City employees and officials and candidates for public office through education and enforcement of ethics laws.  Its duties include:  filing and auditing of campaign finance disclosure statements, lobbyist and campaign consultant registration and regulation, administration of the public financing program, conflict of interests reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical reporting.


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