Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Information regarding how to submit paper campaign finance and consultant filings during Ethics Commission’s office closure

The City and County of San Francisco has issued a Public Health Order requiring that residents remain in place, with the only exception being for essential needs. This measure is necessary to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.

As a result, the physical office of the Ethics Commission will be closed for the duration of the Public Health Order. The Ethics Commission remains open for business with Staff available to assist remotely.

Please note that public disclosure requirements established by law remain in effect and have not been waived.

To assist filers with core filing obligations, the Ethics Commission has developed a temporary Document Transmission process to digitally accept certain paper forms that do not have an existing electronic submission process available at https://sfethics.org/compliance/e-file.

For the forms listed below that do not have an existing electronic submission process and therefore normally need to be completed and submitted in hard copy, the Commission will now temporarily accept an Electronic Cover Sheet to transmit these paper disclosure filings online:

  • SFEC Form 112a
  • SFEC Form 142a (Only use this cover sheet if you are a candidate without a committee and not subject to electronic filing requirements in Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 1.112. Candidates with controlled committees must use Netfile to electronically submit the form.)
  • FPPC Form 410 (Copies of original Form 410 filings required to be submitted to the Ethics Commission may be uploaded using this form. The original form is filed with the Secretary of State.)
  • FPPC Form 501
  • All Campaign Consultant Forms

You may attach a scan, photograph, or electronic PDF of one of the above forms to the cover sheet.

Key Reminders:

  • Forms submitted using this cover sheet that are illegible or have an existing electronic submission process will be rejected.
  • For SFEC Form 112a, SFEC Form 142a, and FPPC Form 501, you may sign the cover sheet in lieu of completing the verification requirements on the form.
  • For FPPC Form 410 and all campaign consultant forms, you must attach a scan or photograph of the form that includes required signatures on the form.
  • Forms submitted using the cover sheet per these guidelines will be processed and considered filed as of the date stamp on the cover sheet.
  • The Ethics Commission will not enforce notarization or original wet signature requirements during the office closure, however, hard copies with original wet signatures or notarization requirements must be delivered or postmarked and mailed to the Ethics Commission no later than 15 days after the Ethics Commission posts notice on sfethics.org that the physical office has re-opened.

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Ethics Commission Staff are available to provide compliance guidance and assistance and can be reached at ethics.commission@sfgov.org. During this period, those who contact the Commission may experience wait times for responses to their requests, and we appreciate your patience and understanding if you experience a delayed response.

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