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{{june08}}'''San Francisco No Campaign Contributions from City Vendors Measure H ''' will appear on the June 3, 2008 ballot in [[San Francisco County, California ballot measures|San Francisco]], [[California]]. It prohibits local politicians from accepting campaign contributions from vendors who do business with the city and county of San Francisco.
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{{tnr}}A'''San Francisco No Campaign Contributions from City Vendors, Measure H ''' ballot question was on the [[June 3, 2008 ballot measures in California|June 3, 2008 ballot]] in [[San Francisco City and County, California ballot measures|San Francisco]], [[California]], where it was '''overwhelmingly approved.'''<ref>[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/16/BAHM10LRJG.DTL&type=politics ''San Francisco Chronicle'', "S.F. voters face ballot measures," May 17, 2008]</ref>
  
According to the [[San Francisco Chronicle]], Proposition H is "a thinly veiled swipe" from Mayor Gavin Newsom at Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin.  The measure puts more teeth into an existing campaign law by making it illegal for city officials and the political committees they control to take or solicit campaign contributions from someone that has a city contract the official will vote on.  
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Proposition H prohibits local politicians from accepting campaign contributions from vendors who do business with {{san francisco}}.
  
Under existing law in the city, these contributions are already illegal--but it is the errant contractor who is liable for fines and punishment is the law is violated.  Measure H makes the city official liable as well.
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According to the [[San Francisco Chronicle]], Proposition H was "a thinly veiled swipe" from Mayor [[Gavin Newsom]] at Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin. Proposition H puts more teeth into an existing campaign law by making it illegal for city officials and the political committees they control to take or solicit campaign contributions from someone that has a city contract the official will vote on.  
  
The measure was placed on the ballot several months after San Francisco Board of Supervisors [[Sunshine Review:Aaron Peskin|Aaron Peskin]] was criticized because a fundraising committee he controlled received a campaign contribution from Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. just two days before the board awarded the same company a lucrative advertising contract. Peskin has said he didn't know about the contribution, and also accused the mayor of using similar fundraising practices. Peskin says that he supports Proposition H.
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Under the previous law in the city, these contributions were already illegal--but it was the errant contractor who was liable for fines and punishment if the law is violated. Proposition H made it so that the city official is liable as well.
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The measure was placed on the ballot several months after San Francisco Board of Supervisors [[Aaron Peskin|Aaron Peskin]] was criticized because a fundraising committee he controlled received a campaign contribution from Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. just two days before the board awarded the same company a lucrative advertising contract. Peskin has said he didn't know about the contribution, and also accused the mayor of using similar fundraising practices. Peskin said that he supported Proposition H.
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==Election results==
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{{Short outcome
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| title = Proposition H
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| yes = 104,012
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| yespct = 67.16
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| no = 50,865
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| nopct = 32.84
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| state = Local
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| percent = 50.0
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:''These final, certified, election results are from the [http://www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=1787 San Francisco elections office].''
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==Gavin Newsom==
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Proposition H was written by [[Gavin Newsom]].  Newsom, who ran for [[Governor of California]] in 2010, had accepted contributions to his gubernatorial campaign from developers, corporate executives and others with business before the city.<ref name=h>[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/10/13/MN251A2ELB.DTL ''San Francisco Chronicle'', "Newsom takes donations from S.F.'s contractors," October 13, 2009]</ref>
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Examples of these donations included:
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* Ben Silverman gave more than $40,000 to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign between December 2008 and June 2009.  Silverman was the co-chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment during that 7-month period.  In those same months, Newsom's mayoral office "was successfully fighting the Board of Supervisors to get the NBC show "Trauma" a city tax rebate for filming in the city."  Newsom's wife, actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom, was also given a part in Trauma's pilot episode.<ref name=h/>
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* Developer Simon Snellgrove gave a donation to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign.  Snellgrove owns the purchase rights to the 2.5-acre Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club on the northern waterfront, and has plans to develop it into a luxury condominium project.  His plans will require city and,  ultimately, mayoral approval.<ref name=h/>
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* A restaurant owner "who benefited from a mayoral veto to get around zoning regulations" subsequently gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign.
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* The president of Levi's gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign during a period in which Newsom's mayoral office was finding ways to persuade the company to stay in the city/<ref name=h/>
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* The Deputy Sheriffs' Association gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign shortly before it entered into contract negotiations with the City of San Francisco.<ref name=h/>
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* The president of AT&T gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign.  AT&T has multiple contracts with the City of San Francisco.<ref name=h/>
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==Ballot question==
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  text = '''Proposition H:''' "Shall it be unlawful for City elected officials, candidates or political committees they control to solicit or accept campaign contributions from contractors who are prohibited from making contributions to these elected officials, candidates and political committees because the contractor has a pending contract or a recently approved contract before the official or the Board on which the official or an appointee of the official sits?"
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* [http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/pdf/main/gic/elections/June3_2008.pdf Official voter pamphlet for Proposition H]
  
* [http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/elections/candidates/Jun2008_LT_CampaignGovtConductCode.pdf Text of measure] PDF.
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==References==
* [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/16/BAHM10LRJG.DTL&type=politics S.F. voters face ballot measures], May 17, 2008
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Latest revision as of 08:04, 21 March 2014

ASan Francisco No Campaign Contributions from City Vendors, Measure H ballot question was on the June 3, 2008 ballot in San Francisco, California, where it was overwhelmingly approved.[1]

Proposition H prohibits local politicians from accepting campaign contributions from vendors who do business with San Francisco.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Proposition H was "a thinly veiled swipe" from Mayor Gavin Newsom at Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin. Proposition H puts more teeth into an existing campaign law by making it illegal for city officials and the political committees they control to take or solicit campaign contributions from someone that has a city contract the official will vote on.

Under the previous law in the city, these contributions were already illegal--but it was the errant contractor who was liable for fines and punishment if the law is violated. Proposition H made it so that the city official is liable as well.

The measure was placed on the ballot several months after San Francisco Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin was criticized because a fundraising committee he controlled received a campaign contribution from Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. just two days before the board awarded the same company a lucrative advertising contract. Peskin has said he didn't know about the contribution, and also accused the mayor of using similar fundraising practices. Peskin said that he supported Proposition H.

Election results

Proposition H
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 104,012 67.16%
No50,86532.84%
These final, certified, election results are from the San Francisco elections office.

Gavin Newsom

Proposition H was written by Gavin Newsom. Newsom, who ran for Governor of California in 2010, had accepted contributions to his gubernatorial campaign from developers, corporate executives and others with business before the city.[2]

Examples of these donations included:

  • Ben Silverman gave more than $40,000 to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign between December 2008 and June 2009. Silverman was the co-chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment during that 7-month period. In those same months, Newsom's mayoral office "was successfully fighting the Board of Supervisors to get the NBC show "Trauma" a city tax rebate for filming in the city." Newsom's wife, actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom, was also given a part in Trauma's pilot episode.[2]
  • Developer Simon Snellgrove gave a donation to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign. Snellgrove owns the purchase rights to the 2.5-acre Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club on the northern waterfront, and has plans to develop it into a luxury condominium project. His plans will require city and, ultimately, mayoral approval.[2]
  • A restaurant owner "who benefited from a mayoral veto to get around zoning regulations" subsequently gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign.
  • The president of Levi's gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign during a period in which Newsom's mayoral office was finding ways to persuade the company to stay in the city/[2]
  • The Deputy Sheriffs' Association gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign shortly before it entered into contract negotiations with the City of San Francisco.[2]
  • The president of AT&T gave money to Newsom's gubernatorial campaign. AT&T has multiple contracts with the City of San Francisco.[2]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Proposition H: "Shall it be unlawful for City elected officials, candidates or political committees they control to solicit or accept campaign contributions from contractors who are prohibited from making contributions to these elected officials, candidates and political committees because the contractor has a pending contract or a recently approved contract before the official or the Board on which the official or an appointee of the official sits?"[3]

See also

External links

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References

  1. San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. voters face ballot measures," May 17, 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 San Francisco Chronicle, "Newsom takes donations from S.F.'s contractors," October 13, 2009
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.