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Announcement of Interested Persons Meeting to Discuss Implementation of Proposition C and the Regulation of Expenditure Lobbyists

Monday, December 7, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Room 421
San Francisco, CA

Effective February 1, 2016, Proposition C, which the San Francisco Ethics Commission placed on the ballot and the voters subsequently approved in the November 3, 2015 election, will impose registration and reporting requirements on “expenditure lobbyists” that urge the public to lobby City officials. 

Commission staff will hold an interested persons meeting on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 12 p.m. to discuss the implementation of Proposition C, including the promulgation of regulations to interpret the measure.  Staff will report back to the Commission at its January 5, 2016 special meeting, and anticipates holding a second interested persons meeting in January.  Issues that may be discussed include:

  • Whether the registration threshold should be increased;
  • How to account for staff time spent on expenditure lobbying;
  • The scope of the exemption for “member communications”;
  • The scope of the registration fee exemption for nonprofits;
  • How/whether to account for reports, studies, analyses, etc. originally undertaken for other purposes; and
  • The impact on “fiscal sponsors” and their projects.

Staff also welcomes written comments on the implementation of Proposition C, which can be sent via email to, or via regular mail to San Francisco Ethics Commission, attn: Jesse Mainardi, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102.

For questions about any of the above, please contact Jesse Mainardi at the number below.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

Please R.S.V.P by contacting:

San Francisco Ethics Commission
25 Van Ness Ave., Suite 220
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-3100

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