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San Francisco Ethics Commission Audit Report: Protect Our Benefits, FPPC ID #990028

I. Introduction

This Audit Report summarizes the audit results of the committee, Protect Our Benefits, Identification Number 990028 (“the Committee”), from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013. 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.

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

On February 18, 1999 the Committee qualified as a general purpose to protect and enhance retirement benefits and health benefits for retired employees of the City and County of San Francisco. During the period covered by the audit, Jean S. Thomas served as the Committee’s treasurer. George Lau serves as the current treasurer. The Committee was active as of December 31, 2013.

V. Audit Findings

For the period from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013 the Committee received $179,169 in contributions and $208,502 in expenditures.

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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