A state political watchdog has fined Andrea Shorter, a former Equality California staffer and current member of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, $800 for failing to disclose income related to her work on same-sex marriage.
The Fair Political Practices Commission approved the penalty at its regular monthly meeting today (Thursday, April 25).
According to the FPPC, Shorter, an out lesbian, failed to report her income from 2008’s No on Proposition 8 campaign, which worked unsuccessfully to defeat the state’s gay marriage ban passed by voters that year.
She also didn’t report her salary at Equality California, where she worked from 2009 to 2011. At the time Shorter was laid off from LGBT lobbying group three years ago, she was the organization’s marriage and coalitions director.
In a brief interview Thursday about the FPPC fine, Shorter said, “There was a misunderstanding in terms of what was required at the time” that involved her “and several other commissioners.” She said she couldn’t answer more questions because she was in a meeting, and she hasn’t called the Bay Area Reporter back.
Shorter’s Statement of Economic Interests filed with the San Francisco Ethics Commission in April 2012 lists “no reportable interests on any schedule” for 2011. An amended statement filed in January 2013 says that in 2011, her salary at Equality California was in the $10,001 to $100,000 range.
A statement filed in April 2009 says she had no reportable interests in 2008. A January 2013 amendment shows that her salary as a get-out-the-vote coordinator for No on 8 was in the $1,001 to $10,000 range.
According to her most recent statement, filed this month, in 2012 Shorter’s income as a workshop facilitator at HomeBase/Center for Common Concerns, Inc. was somewhere from $1,001 to $10,000. She also received unemployment insurance, the records show.
Shorter’s pay for her 2012 work with San Francisco Women for Accountability and a Responsible Supervisor Opposing Christina Olague 2012 is also in the $1,001 to $10,000 range.
Olague was one of four supervisors who voted in October not to sustain Mayor Ed Lee’s official misconduct charges against embattled Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. The four supervisors’ support allowed for the reinstatement of Mirkarimi, who pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a 2011 incident in which he bruised his wife’s arm. (Mirkarimi’s wife, Eliana Lopez, disputed the charges against him.)
Lee had appointed Olague to the District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors after Mirkarimi, who had held the seat for seven years, was elected sheriff in 2011. London Breed defeated Olague in her November bid to retain the post.
In December, Shorter and others launched an effort to explore recalling Mirkarimi, but that effort – which featured the now-defunct site www.rossresign.org – quickly fizzled.