News from Ethics Agencies

Last Updated November 10, 2020

Fair Political Practices Commission News

On October 15, the Fair Political Practices Commission reviewed amendments to the regulations governing the enforcement process, including revised procedures and requirements for probable cause proceedings, administrative hearings, briefing procedures associated with proposed decisions, and administrative terminations. Link to Meeting Agenda

Federal Election Commission News

On September 4, 2020, Shaun McCutcheon and McCutcheon for Freedom (plaintiffs) filed suit against the Federal Election Commission. Plaintiffs allege that the FEC failed to issue an advisory opinion within 60 days, as required by the Federal Election Campaign Act. Link to FEC Record

Los Angeles City Ethics Commission News

Independent spending surpassed $3 million in the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education (LAUSD) races. Link to press release

San Francisco Ethics Commission News

On October 9, The San Francisco Ethics Commission discussed “Gifts to Departments Through Non-City Organizations Lack Transparency and Create ‘Pay-to-Play’ Risk.” Link to presentation

City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission News

The Public Ethics Commission’s ad-hoc recruitment subcommittee has been interviewing applicants for two PEC-appointed vacancies. Three finalist were interviewed before the full Commission on November 2, 2020 for terms beginning January 22, 2021. Link to agenda item 6

The Public Ethics Commission released new app to help voters explore the finances of local candidates for office and political committees. The app is called “Show me the money

San Francisco Ethics Commission News

In the lead up to the General Election, staff from the San Francisco Ethics Commission collaborated with colleagues at DataSF to release a new campaign finance search and data visualization tool that is integrated into the City’s open data portal. Details on this portal, and more, are available in the Executive Director’s Report for November. Link to report