SF Ethics Commission
2003 - 2Q
Summary of Earnings and Activity of Registered Lobbyists
Second Quarter 2003
The Regulation of Lobbyists Ordinance (“Ordinance”), San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Article II, Chapter 1, Sections 2.100 - 2.155, requires individuals and entities that qualify as lobbyists to register with the Ethics Commission and file quarterly activity reports. Forty-one lobbyists filed reports with the City and County of San Francisco on July 15, 2003, detailing their lobbyist activity during the Second Quarter of 2003 (April 1 - June 30). The Ethics Commission has compiled this information in its Second Quarter 2003 Summary of Earnings and Activity of Lobbyists Registered with the City.
Table 1 provides a summary of all reported activity by lobbyists (hereinafter “filers”) for the second quarter of 2003. The table summarizes payments promised to and received by contract lobbyists in exchange for lobbyist services, payments made by business and organization and expenditure lobbyists to influence local legislative and administrative action, political contributions made, delivered or arranged by a filer or made by a client at a filer’s behest, and activity expenses incurred by filers. Filers are listed in alphabetical order, and all amounts (for Table 1 and for all tables) have been rounded to the nearest dollar. The total promised payments reported by contract lobbyists was $703,831. The total reported payments received by contract lobbyists was $793,801. The total reported payments made by business and organization and expenditure lobbyists was $185,827.
Filers must report the total amount of political contributions made, delivered or arranged by the filer, or made by a client at the behest of the filer during the quarter. Filers must itemize contributions equaling $100 or more. Filers must report contributions made to the following: a City officer; a candidate for City office; a committee controlled by a City officer or candidate for City office; a committee primarily formed to support or oppose a City officer or candidate for City office; a committee primarily formed to support or oppose a local ballot measure whether or not the committee is controlled by a City officer or candidate for City office. Table 2 lists all political contributions of $100 or more made by filers during the second quarter. The total reported political contributions was $26,470.
Table 3 lists (in descending order by lobbyists’ total contributions) all political contributions of any amount made by filers during the second quarter.
All filers must report activity expenses. An activity expense is any expense incurred or payment made by a lobbyist (or others specified in the Ordinance) which benefits a City officer, a candidate for City office, a family member thereof (including domestic partners), or aides to members of the Board of Supervisors. Activity expenses include gifts, honoraria, consulting fees, salaries, and any other form of economic compensation totaling more than $30 in value in a consecutive three-month period.
Table 4 lists activity expenses reported by filers, the total of which includes salaries paid to employees who also serve as City officers. The table lists the filer, salaries paid, the date of the activity expense, the name and official title or position of each beneficiary of the expense and a description of the benefit conferred. The table also includes the total cost of the activity, the portion of the total cost of the activity which represents the value of the benefit conferred on each beneficiary and the name of the payee of the expense if it is different from that of the beneficiary. The total reported amount of activity expenses during the second quarter was $22,022, of which more than $20,000 was attributed to salaries.
Filers are required to report gift tickets and gift admissions to political fund-raisers and events sponsored by 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations given to City officers. Table 5 shows each reported gift ticket and/or admission given to a City officer. The table gives the date and description of the political or charitable event and the name and official title of the beneficiary of the gift ticket and/or admission. Two filers reported giving a gift ticket/admission to a City officer during the quarter.
Filers must report certain City contracts they were awarded during the reporting period. Table 6 lists the type of contract awarded (rendition of personal services; furnishing of any material, supplies or equipment to or from the City; or sale or lease of land or buildings to or by the City, or financing of the same), the date the contract was approved, the name of the City officer and Department that approved the contract, and the subject matter of the contract. No filer reported being awarded a City contract during the quarter.
Filers must report the names of City officers or employees who have been employed or retained by the filer at any time during the reporting period. This table lists the name and position of the City officer and the services provided by the City officer to the filer. Filers must also report whether a City officer or employee has been employed or retained by a client of the filer at the behest of the filer at any time during the reporting period. Filers in this case must list the name of the client and that of the City officer. Two filers reported employing City officers or employees during the quarter.
Filers must report the total payments received from City officers during the reporting period in exchange for providing campaign consulting services (as defined in S.F. Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Article I, Chapter 5, Section 1.505). Such payments must be reported only if the filer contacted the officer within one year of the date of payment. No filer reported receiving payments for campaign consulting services during the quarter.
 All lobbyists are sent pre-deadline notices. Non-filers are subject to late fines. One registered lobbyist, Marquez Gonzalez & Associates, LLP, has not filed a second quarter 2003 report as of the date of issuance of this report.