District 6 voluntary spending cap lifted
From the Ethics Commission, City of San Francisco
October 6, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Ethics Commission announced
today that San Francisco's $83,000 voluntary spending limit for
candidates for the Board of Supervisors in the November election
is no longer in effect in District 6. Elimination of the spending
limit was triggered by independent spending exceeding the voluntary
Under the City's Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance, the voluntary
spending limit for candidates for the office of Board of Supervisors
is no longer binding in a particular district if a person, or
persons in the aggregate, make independent expenditures, in support
of or in opposition to a candidate, that exceed 100 percent of
the $83,000 spending limit.
"Through evaluation of a variety of campaign materials being
distributed throughout District Six, we have determined that independent
expenditures, costs for electioneering communications and member
communications have exceeded the voluntary spending cap,"
said John St. Croix, Executive Director of the Ethics Commission.
"There have been mass mailings, signage, door hangars, polls,
web sites, numerous handouts and fliers, windshield drops - at
least one with first-class return postage affixed, staff and legal
costs, independent printing and other expenses."
The Commission has notified all supervisorial candidates in Districts
6 that the spending limit is no longer in effect in that district.
The spending limit remains in effect in races for school board,
community college board and Public Defender but has been lifted
in all supervisorial districts on the November ballot. Limits
are not in effect for the Assessor's race.
All candidates running for City office who agreed by the deadline
to comply with the voluntary spending limits will be acknowledged
in the Voter Information Handbook distributed to San Francisco