News from Ethics Agencies

By Sarah Lang

Last Updated 10/14/2019

Fair Political Practices Commission News

The Disclose Act (Assembly Bill 249 of 2017, c. 546), repealed and recast numerous advertisement and mass mailing provisions within the Political Reform Act. Through the advice process, staff of the Fair Political Practices Commission have identified Disclose Act interpretation issues that may be addressed on the regulatory level. The Commission plans to consider the proposed regulation at its meeting on November 21, 2019. Link to memorandum

Federal Election Commission News

Appeals Court issues opinion in Lieu, et al. v. FEC (USCA Case 19-5072): In November 2016, Representative Ted Lieu, Representative Walter Jones, Senator Jeff Merkley, State Senator (Ret.) John Howe, Zephyr Teachout and Michael Wager filed a complaint challenging the Federal Election Commission’s unanimous dismissal of MUR 7101 (House Majority PAC). The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued a Per Curiam order finding moot the Appellants’ motion to hold in abeyance and granting the Federal Election Commission’s motion for summary affirmance. Link to press release

San Francisco Ethics Commission News

An ordinance initiated by the San Francisco Ethics Commission that will strengthen San Francisco’s public campaign financing program by allowing candidates to receive more funds overall and by matching contributions of up to $150 at a six-to-one rate received final approval. The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the ordinance on September 24, 2019, and Mayor London Breed signed it on October 4, 2019. Link to press release