San Francisco Campaign Consultant Ordinance, Proposition F (November 2011)
Proposition F is 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 to file monthly reports and the San Francisco Ethics Commission would have the option of requiring electronic filing.
The San Francisco Ethics Commission, which is in charge of administering rules governing political consultants, asked for the changes.
The proposed changes are opposed by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. Ammiano drafted the 1997 law. In a ballot argument opposing Proposition F, Ammiano says that it "authorizes the Ethics Commission to make changes without voter approval...open[ing] the door to mischief from ... the Ethics Commission."