Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Spending cap lifted in District 8 supervisor race

The spending cap in the District 8 supervisor race continues to rise as campaign funds flood into the coffers of the four openly gay candidates seeking the seat. Several candidates are well on their way to raising $200,000 for their bids to represent the Castro, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights and Glen Park at City Hall.

For the second time this week the city’s Ethics Commission raised the funding cap in the race after a candidate reporting surpassing the already set limits.

After Deputy City Attorney Scott Wiener reported Wednesday, September 29 that he had collected nearly $168,000 for his campaign, the city agency raised the individual expenditure ceiling for his opponents to $163,000.

The commission had already lifted the cap from $143,000 to $153,000 the day before after both Wiener and local attorney Rafael Mandelman reported raising more money than the lower amount.

Business executive Bill Hemenger and Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Prozan have yet to file reports that they had surpassed the funding limits. Because all four candidates have qualified for public financing, they are required to adhere to the spending limits imposed by the Ethics Commission.

The agency can raise the ceiling in increments of $10,000 based on the sum of opposition spending against the participating candidates and the total supportive funds of the candidate’s opponents.

Candidates are required to inform the agency within 24 hours of receiving contributions or making expenditures that equal or exceed $100,000 and for every $10,000 thereafter. Any person making independent expenditures, electioneering communications, or member communications that clearly identify a candidate in the race is also required to file a “Third Party Disclosure” form within 24 hours each time the person spends $5,000 or more per candidate.

While the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club spent $7,400 for a billboard on Market Street at Sanchez plugging its dual endorsement of Prozan and Wiener in the race, the club was not required to notify the Ethics Commission because the total amount when split between the two candidates was less than the $5,000 threshold.

Today (Thursday, September 30) is the deadline for campaigns to report how much they have raised so far, with their paperwork due to the Ethics Commission by Tuesday, October 5. The next reporting deadline is October 21, and every 24 hours thereafter up to Election Day Tuesday, November 2.

— Matthew S. Bajko, September 30, 2010 @ 1:05 pm PST
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