John St. Croix
For release: February 24, 2015
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AT FEBRUARY 23, 2015 REGULAR MEETING
At its regular meeting on February 23, 2015, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:
- By a vote of 4-0 (Hur excused), approved a proposed amendment to Commission regulation 1.142-2, which will allow staff to implement an electronic filing system for candidates participating in the City’s public financing program.
- By a vote of 4-0 (Hur excused), directed staff to investigate and develop proposed amendments to the San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance, addressing contribution limits for certain candidate-controlled committees, reporting requirements for fundraising and/or bundling activity, limits on contributions from persons receiving a “public benefit” from the City, and transferring filing officer responsibilities for slate mailer organizations from the Department of Elections to the Commission.
- By a vote of 4-0 (Hur excused), approved an amendment to the changes to the San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance approved by the Commission at its January 26, 2015 meeting, which would impose the same font size requirements for disclaimers on smaller written communications on both independent expenditures and electioneering communications.
- By a vote of 4-0 (Hur excused), requested that Supervisor Mark Farrell provide a response to the Commission’s December 9, 2014 forfeiture letter by no later than March 15, 2015.
The next regular meeting of the Commission will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Room 400 City Hall at 5:30 pm.
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, whistleblower program, conflict of interest reporting, investigations and enforcement, education and training, advice giving and statistical reporting.