July 23, 2015 •
San Francisco Ethics Commission Approves Ballot Measure Regulating Lobbying
The San Francisco Ethics Commission has unanimously approved a ballot measure requiring expenditure lobbyists to register and report city lobbying activity. The measure will appear on the city’s November 3, 2015 ballot.
The measure creates a new category of lobbyists, termed expenditure lobbyists, defined in the measure as organizations who employ lobbyists to influence city officials. The measure imposes a registration threshold of $2,500 or more in a calendar month spent soliciting, requesting, or urging other persons to communicate directly with a city official.
If approved by voters at the November 3, 2015 election, the measure would become operative February 1, 2016. A draft of the proposed measure can be found here.
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