Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

San Francisco Ethics Commission Audit Report: San Francisco Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth PAC, FPPC ID #1341796

I. Introduction

This Audit Report summarizes the audit results of the committee, San Francisco Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth PAC, Identification Number 1341796 (“the Committee”), from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015. 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). The Committee was selected for random audit from the 2015 audit cycle.

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. Section 1.150(a) of CFRO requires the Commission to audit all candidates who receive public financing.

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;
  5. Compliance with all record-keeping requirements;
  6. Compliance with all provisions related to the Commission’s public financing program; and
  7. Any unexpended public funds that must be returned to the City up to the amount of public funds received by the candidate.

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 September 22, 2011, the Committee filed a Statement of Organization indicating that it was a county general purpose committee formed to support or oppose state and local candidates and ballot measures. The Committee qualified as a committee on September 27, 2011.

During the period covered by the audit, the Committee’s treasurer was James R. Sutton. The Committee is active as of the date of this report.

V. Audit Findings

For the period from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015 the Committee received $597,500 in contributions and incurred $611,079 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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