San Francisco Supervisors pass two ordinances on conduct of
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
June 13, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Two separate ordinances that make
changes to San Francisco's Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code
passed on second readings at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
The first ordinance requires certain municipal elected officials
to disclose information on who funds any out-of-state gifts of
travel bestowed on the officials.
Elected officials would need to file forms with the city's ethics
commission reporting the name of the organization funding the
trip and the total amount to be paid by the organization. Officials
would be required to report the name of any person who contributed
more than $500 to the organization funding the trip if the contribution
was used in part to finance the trip.
Elected officials would also need to describe the purpose and
the itinerary of the travel, and to disclose the names of any
people accompanying them on the trip under certain circumstances
-- such as if that person is a city employee or a lobbyist.
These requirements would be in effect for any out-of-state trip
funded in part by any entity other than the city of San Francisco,
another governmental body, or an educational institution.
Elected officials would also need to disclose the same sort of
information for any out-of-state trip funded in whole or in part
by the city of San Francisco when the funds are given to the city
by any group other than another governmental body or an educational
"Private interests should not be secretly funding trips
by elected officials," Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, who co-sponsored
the legislation, said in a statement after the legislation had
passed on its first reading.
"We've learned from the Jack Abramoff and Tom Delay scandal
in Washington that secret trips are a recipe for corruption,"
The elected officials who will be required to report this information
on travel include the mayor, the members of the board of supervisors,
the city attorney, the district attorney, public defenders, the
assessor-recorder, the treasurer, and the sheriff.
A second ordinance passed today would prohibit both for-profit
and non-profit corporations from contributing money to candidates
for city elective office.
Corporations could still establish separate funds and donate
money from those funds to municipal political candidates.
According to the legislative digest for the ordinance, the legislation,
which was introduced by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, seeks to prevent
corruption or the appearance of corruption by preventing corporations
from using large quantities of money to unduly influence elected
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