Overheard in Fog City
FCJ Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Photo by Adam Aufdencamp
October 1, 2007 4:00 p.m.
Rinaldi public financing bid fails
Mayoral candidate Chicken John Rinaldi will be receiving some
bad news by first class mail tomorrow morning. Yes, folks, the
self-aggrandizing showman's application
for campaign public financing was disqualified by the San Francisco
Ethics Department earlier today.
To qualify for $50,000 in the first tier of public financing,
a candidate must submit $25,000 in qualifiable contributions from
a minimum of 250 eligible voters.
According to the letter of disqualification, signed by Ethics
Commission Executive Director John St. Croix, contributions totaling
$6,614 were disqualified on various grounds.
This is good news for public financing advocates. Rinaldi, according
to reliable sources, intended
to use public financing funds to build art structures and throw
lavish parties for his supporters.
"I'm running for 2nd place," Rinaldi admitted to Fog
City Journal in August.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who sponsored San Francisco's campaign
public financing legislation, told Fog City: "People should
realize that public financing is not a gift, or a tool to be taken
A copy of St. Croix's notice of disqualification is available
Chicken John Rinaldi
Rinaldi could not be reached for comment.