Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Campaign Consultant Activity Dashboard

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Introduction

In November 1997, San Francisco voters approved the Regulation of Campaign Consultants Ordinance (“Ordinance”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sections 1.500-1.540.  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 Ordinance defines “campaign consultant” as a person or entity that receives or is promised $1,000 or more in a calendar year for providing either of the following services:

Campaign Management,” defined as conducting, coordinating or supervising a campaign to elect, defeat, retain or recall a local candidate, or to adopt or defeat a local ballot measure, including but not limited to:

  1. Hiring or authorizing the hiring of campaign staff and consultants; or
  2. Spending or authorizing the expenditure of campaign funds; or
  3. Directing, supervising or conducting the solicitation of campaign contributions; or
  4. Selecting or recommending vendors or subvendors of goods or services for the campaign.

OR

Campaign Strategy,” defined as planning for the election, defeat, retention or recall of a local candidate, or for the adoption or defeat of a local ballot measure, including not but limited to:

  1. Producing or authorizing the production of campaign literature and print and broadcast advertising; or
  2. Seeking endorsements of organizations or individuals; or
  3. Seeking financing; or
  4. Advising on public policy positions.

Employees of campaign consultants do not themselves qualify as campaign consultants.  However, persons and entities that subcontract with a campaign consultant to provide campaign consulting services and that receive or are promised $1,000 or more in a calendar year do qualify as campaign consultants.  Similarly, employees of campaigns who engage in campaign management or campaign strategy and who are promised or receive $1,000 or more in a calendar year also qualify as campaign consultants.

Campaign consultants are required to report only activity associated with local candidates or local ballot measures.  For purposes of the Ordinance, “candidate” means:  (1) a person who has taken affirmative action to seek nomination or election to local office, or (2) a local officeholder who has taken affirmative action to seek nomination or election to any elective office, or (3) a local officeholder who is the subject of a recall election.

Local officeholder” means the following elected officers:  Mayor, Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, City Attorney, District Attorney, Treasurer, Sheriff, Assessor, Public Defender, Members of the Board of Education of the San Francisco Unified School District, and Members of the Governing Board of the San Francisco Community College District. 

Measure” means a local referendum, or a local ballot measure, whether or not it qualifies for the ballot.

The Commission staff has compiled the information filed by campaign consultants each quarter. Data from December, 2008 to the present is included on this web site. Data from reports prior to December, 2008 are available in individual Quarterly Summary Reports.  All amounts reported by campaign consultants have been rounded to the nearest whole dollar.

Current List of Registered Campaign Consultants and their Respective Clients

Comparative Data

The chart below compares data compiled pertaining to campaign consultant activity since 2009.  As indicated, the level of campaign consultant activity generally increases or decreases depending on 1) whether an election is held and 2) the number and type of local items on the ballot.

Campaign Consultant Payments Timeline

Client Payment Activity

Campaign consultants are required to report “economic consideration” promised by or received from clients in exchange for campaign consulting services during the applicable reporting period.  Economic consideration includes payments, fees, commissions, and reimbursements for expenses, gifts or anything else of value. 

Total Client Payments Received by Consultants

The chart below shows the percent of total client payments received by campaign consultants in 2013.

The chart below shows the percent of total payments made by clients in 2013.

Quarterly Client Payments Summary

The table below summarizes the total payments promised and received by campaign consultants during each quarter.

Detailed Client Payments

The table below details the total payments promised and received by campaign consultants for each client.

Political Contributions

Campaign consultants must report each political contribution of $100 or more to a candidate for local office, a committee controlled by a local officeholder or a candidate for local office, or a ballot measure committee whether or not the committee is controlled by a local officeholder or a candidate for local office.  Campaign consultants must report contributions of $100 or more made or delivered by the campaign consultant, or made by the campaign consultant’s client at the campaign consultant’s behest, or for which the campaign consultant acted as an agent or intermediary during the reporting period. 

Total Annual Contributions by Campaign Consultants Compared to Total Contributions From Any Source

The chart below shows a timeline of total political contributions made by campaign consultants during each reporting period.

Detailed Campaign Consultant Contributions

The table below details the political contributions made by campaign consultants each quarter.

Vendor/Subvendor Payments

Each campaign consultant must report economic consideration promised to or received by the campaign consultant during the reporting period from vendors and sub-vendors who provide campaign-related goods or services to the campaign consultant’s current clients.

Annual Total Payments Promised or Received

Detail Payments Promised and Received

Other Disclosures

Gifts to Local Officeholders

Each campaign consultant must report any gifts promised or made by the campaign consultant to a local officeholder during the reporting period which in the aggregate total $50 or more.  No campaign consultants reported any gifts promised or made to a local officeholder since 2009.

Employment of Local Officeholders and City Employees

If the campaign consultant employs a local officeholder or City employee during the reporting period, the campaign consultant must report the name of the officeholder or City employee and describe the nature of the employment by the campaign consultant.  In addition, if a client of the campaign consultant employs a local officeholder or City employee at the behest of the campaign consultant during the reporting period, the campaign consultant must report the name of the client, the name of each officeholder or City employee hired by the client, and the nature of the employment by the client. 

City Contracts Obtained During the Reporting Period

If the campaign consultant obtains a City contract during the reporting period and the contract is approved by a local officeholder who is the campaign consultant’s client, the campaign consultant must report the contract, the date the contract was obtained, and the name of the officeholder who approved the contract.  No campaign consultants reported obtaining a City contract since 2009.

Appointment to Public Office

If the campaign consultant is appointed to public office during the reporting period and the appointment is made by a local officeholder who is the campaign consultant’s client, the campaign consultant must report the public office to which the filer was appointed, the date of the appointment, and the name of the officeholder who appointed the campaign consultant. 

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