John St. Croix
For release: March 17, 2015
San Francisco Ethics Commission Announces the Release of New Report on Campaigns and Lobbying in San Francisco in 2014
The San Francisco Ethics Commission is pleased to announce the release of a new online report entitled “Spending to Influence: Campaign Finance and Lobbying in San Francisco in 2014.”
The report allows users to explore the connections, interests, and financial activity of key influencers in San Francisco during the November 2014 election cycle using innovative and interactive data visualization tools.
Built using publicly available data sets, the report allows for a comprehensive assessment of election-related activity by political action committees, political parties, campaign consultants, major contributors, and lobbyists in the City throughout 2014.
The report was prepared by Kristen Wolslegel and Jeffrey Thorsby, two graduate students in the Master of Public Administration program at San Francisco State University, with guidance from staff at the Ethics Commission.
“This report provides a valuable picture of political spending in San Francisco in 2014,” said Ethics Commission Executive Director John St. Croix. “Kristen Wolslegel and Jeffrey Thorsby have provided a real public service by helping to make campaign finance and lobbying data we collect more comprehensible.”
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.