San Francisco Campaign Consultant Ordinance, Proposition F (November 2011)

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A San Francisco Campaign Consultant Ordinance, Proposition F was on the November 8, 2011 ballot for voters in San Francisco, where it was defeated.

Proposition F was a proposed modification of a ballot measure San Francisco voters approved in 1997 that sets reporting rules for all local political consultants. Under the 1997 law, consultants are required to register if they earn $1,000 or more a year on political consulting. Under Proposition F, consultants would not have to file until they reach the threshold of $5,000 in annual consulting income. Additionally, under Proposition F, consultants would have had to file monthly reports and the San Francisco Ethics Commission would have had the option of requiring electronic filing.[1]

The San Francisco Ethics Commission, which is in charge of administering rules governing political consultants, asked for the changes.

Election results

San Francisco Proposition F
Defeatedd No98,80056.12%
Yes 77,259 43.88%
Election results are from the San Francisco elections office as of 5:30 a.m. PST on Thursday, November 24, 2011.


The proposed changes were opposed by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. Ammiano drafted the 1997 law. In a ballot argument opposing Proposition F, Ammiano said that it "authorizes the Ethics Commission to make changes without voter[ing] the door to mischief from ... the Ethics Commission."[1]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

PROPOSITION F: "Shall the City amend its campaign consultant ordinance to redefine “campaign consultant;” require campaign consultants to file monthly reports; authorize the City’s Ethics Commission to require electronic filing instead of paper reports; change the calculation of City fees campaign consultants must pay; and allow the City to change any of the ordinance’s requirements without further voter approval while still permitting voters to make additional changes?"[2]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 San Francisco Chronicle, "Props. E, F let officials change laws voters pass," September 25, 2011
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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