Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Amended Summary of Actions Taken at June 5, 2015 Special Meeting

Contact: John St. Croix, (415) 252-3100
For release: June 10, 2015

At its special meeting on June 5, 2015, the San Francisco Ethics Commission took the following actions:

  • The Commission received testimony from experts Robert Stern and Corey Cook, and from members of the public, regarding the potential need for, and the implications of, imposing campaign contribution limits on candidate-controlled ballot measure committees and/or legal defense funds. 
  • The Commission did not approve a change to the Commission’s San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance amendments from earlier this year, which was recently approved by the Rules Committee and concerned vendor payment reporting for electioneering communications.
  • The Commission did not approve another change to the Commission’s San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance amendments from earlier this year, which was recently proposed by Supervisor Avalos and concerned potential filing requirements for fundraising invitations sent by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. 
  • The Commission provided an update on the Executive Director recruitment process, indicating that Commissioners Renne and Andrews would hold a public meeting to discuss that process with a potential search firm, Alliance Resource Consulting.
  • The Commission rejected staff’s proposed revocation of a forfeiture letter sent to Supervisor Mark Farrell on December 9, 2014. 

The Commission has cancelled its next regular meeting, which was scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2015 in Room 400 City Hall at 5:30 pm.  The Commission will be hold a special meeting on Monday, June 29, 2015 in Room 400 City Hall at 1:00 pm.     

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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.   

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