Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

San Francisco Ethics Commission Audit Report: Michela Alioto-Pier for Mayor 2011, FPPC ID #1336522

I. Introduction

This Audit Report summarizes the audit results of the committee, Michela Alioto-Pier for Mayor 2011, Identification Number 1336522 (“the Committee”), from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011. The audit was conducted to determine whether the Committee materially complied with the requirements of the Political Reform Act (“the Act”) (California Government Code section 81000, et seq.) and San Francisco’s Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (“CFRO”) (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.100, et seq).

II. Audit Authority

San Francisco Charter section C3.699-11 authorizes the Ethics Commission (“the Commission”) to audit campaign statements that are filed with the Commission along with other relevant documents to determine whether the committee complied with applicable requirements of State and local laws.

III. Audit Scope and Procedures

This audit was performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The audit involved a review of the Committee’s records for the period covered by the audit. This review was conducted to determine:

  1. Compliance with all disclosure requirements pertaining to contributions, expenditures, accrued expenditures, and loans, including itemization when required;
  2. Compliance with applicable filing deadlines;
  3. Compliance with restrictions on contributions, loans, and expenditures;
  4. Accuracy of total reported receipts, disbursements, and cash balances as compared to bank records; and
  5. Compliance with all record-keeping requirements.
  6. Compliance with all provisions related to the Commission’s public financing program; and
  7. Any unexpended public funds that must be returned to the City up to the amount of public funds received by the candidate.

The Commission posts audit reports to its web site and, in cases of apparent violations of law, forwards them to the appropriate enforcement agency.

IV. Committee Information

The Committee was formed on February 9, 2011 to support the election of Michela Alioto-Pier to the office of Mayor in the November 8, 2011 general election. The Committee’s treasurer is Rita Copeland. The Committee remains open.

V. Audit Findings

For the period from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 the Committee received $283,169 in contributions (no non-monetary contributions and no loans) and $487,950 in public funds. The Committee incurred $769,854.21 in qualified campaign expenditures.

The CFRO provides that any candidate who receives public funds must return unexpended campaign funds to the Election Campaign Fund. The Committee has $4,697.63 in unexpended funds.

The Commission determined that there were no material findings with respect to the audit of the Committee. The Committee substantially complied with the disclosure and record-keeping provisions of the Act and CFRO.

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