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

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 421
San Francisco, CA  94102

The Ethics Commission invites your participation at an upcoming Interested Persons meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, to discuss the implementation of Proposition C. Placed on the November 3, 2015 ballot by the San Francisco Ethics Commission, Proposition C was approved by San Francisco voters last fall and takes effect February 1, 2016. It imposes registration and reporting requirements on "expenditure lobbyists" that urge the public to lobby City officials.

Ethics Commission staff will hold the meeting in City Hall Room 421 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm to discuss the promulgation of Commission regulations to interpret this new law. Public input is welcomed, including on the following topics:

  • 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: Pat Petersen, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102.

For questions about any of the above, please contact Pat Petersen at (415) 252-3100.

We hope to see you at the meeting and thank you for your interest in the work of the San Francisco Ethics Commission.


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