John St. Croix
For release: July 11, 2014
SF ETHICS COMMISSION CERTIFIES A CANDIDATE FOR THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IN DISTRICT 10 AS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE PUBLIC FUNDS
On July 10, 2014, the Ethics Commission certified Tony Kelly, candidate for the Board of Supervisor, District 10, as eligible to receive public funds from the San Francisco Election Campaign Fund. Based on the declaration and supporting documentation that Mr. Kelly submitted on June 12, 2014, the Commission determined that he received qualifying contributions totaling $10,000 from at least 100 residents of the City, thus making him eligible to receive public funds. Mr. Kelly will receive an initial public grant of $20,000.
Candidates who seek public funds must agree to abide by an individual expenditure ceiling, which begins at $250,000 for Board of Supervisors races. Candidates who are certified by the Ethics Commission to receive public funds may receive up to $155,000, depending upon the amount of matching contributions they raise from San Francisco residents.
A chart reflecting the candidates who have been certified as eligible to receive public funds and the total disbursements to date is posted on the Ethics Commission’s website at the following link: https://www.sfethics.org/ethics/2013/12/public-financing-dashboard-november-4-2014-election.html.
The certification of a candidate as eligible to receive public funds in District 10 triggers reporting requirements under section 1.152(a) of the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (S.F. Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code § 1.100 et seq.). Under section 1.152(a)(2), each candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 10 must file Form SFEC-152(a)-2 with the Ethics Commission within 24 hours of receiving contributions or making expenditures that equal or exceed $100,000. Thereafter, the candidate must file an additional supplemental statement within 24 hours of every time the candidate receives additional contributions, or makes additional expenditures that in aggregate equal to or exceed $10,000.
Under section 1.152(a)(3), any person (individual, partnership, corporation, association, firm, committee, club, or other organization or group of persons, however organized) who makes independent expenditures, electioneering communications or member communications that clearly identify a candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 10 in an amount that in the aggregate equals or exceeds $5,000 must, within 24 hours of reaching the spending threshold, file the Third-Party Disclosure Form and an original copy of the communication with the Ethics Commission. Thereafter, any such person must file a supplemental statement and an original copy of the communication each time that the person makes or incurs an additional expense of $5,000 or more. The costs of a communication that supports or opposes more than one candidate or measure must be apportioned among each candidate and measure in the communication.
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.