News from Ethics Agencies

Last updated February 11, 2024

Fair Political Practices Commission News

At the January Fair Political Practices Commission meeting, staff presented the proposed regulatory projects for 2024. Among these proposals, staff would like to: update and reorganize regulations governing streamline penalties; modify how the 70% threshold is calculated for primarily formed committees; and allow general purpose committees and political party committees to transfer all purpose funds to interest-bearing accounts

Federal Election Commission News

The Federal Election Commission updated the reporting threshold for calendar year 2024 to $22,700 for contributions collected or “bundled” by lobbyists or by political action committees (PACs) that are established or controlled by lobbyists/registrants, on behalf of authorized committees of federal candidates, political party committees, and leadership PACs.

San Francisco Ethics Commission News

In January, the San Francisco Ethics Commission voted to appoint Patrick Ford as Executive Director. His start date was set at January 29, 2024. Ford previously served as the Ethics Commission’s Director of Enforcement.

Long Beach Ethics Commission

On February 14, 2024, the Long Beach Ethics Commission will be discussing amendments proposed to the Lobbyist Ordinance. If approved, the Ethics Commission must provide a recommendation to the City Council. The Commission may recommend simplifying the threshold for registration and reporting. Instead of using dollar thresholds or number of hours spent engaged in lobbying, the proposed threshold will be based upon the number of contacts with City officials- 3 or more contacts within one calendar month for business or organizations that use employees to lobby, or 1 contact for individuals who are compensated for lobbying services. Grassroots lobbing thresholds would be reduced from $5,000 to $2,500. The Commission also may recommend that lobbying entities file monthly reports rather than semi-annual reports.