By Oliver Luby & Marc Salomon
Data source: San Francisco Ethics Commission.
Scope: The base data used for this article originate primarily from the campaign disclosures submitted as of September 29, 2011 (disclosing activity for the reporting period ending September 24, 2011).
This article about the financing of San Francisco 2011 candidates follows our August articles regarding mid-year candidate campaign financing , Part 1 and Part 2 . The present article provides five sections (see links below) analyzing the election’s campaign financing following the release of the First Pre-election Period campaign disclosures. In addition to examining the newest reporting of San Francisco’s candidates, this article looks behind the curtain of 2011 Ballot Measure Committee financing and Independent Spenders affecting the election[i].
This article contains the following five sections of campaign finance analysis:
Summary: Which candidates and ballot campaigns received the most money? Which contests are affected by third party independent spending and which groups are doing the spending? This section provides cumulative-to-date totals of the most critical election finance data.
Summary: Most funding for ballot measure campaigns and independent election spending comes from a handful of major donors. This section profiles the top funders of the election.
Summary: Which candidates and ballot campaigns get most of their itemized monetary contributions from donors located in San Francisco?, and which are mostly backed by interests outside San Francisco? This section provides the answers.
Summary: Which candidates and ballot campaigns have the highest amounts of contributions from donors who are not individual human beings? See this section to find out.
Summary: Back by popular demand! Which candidates’ First Pre-election Period donors gave the most contributions to former President George Bush? This section gives you the data.
Disclosure: Oliver Luby has contributed $25 to the John Avalos mayoral campaign and $15 to the Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff campaign and Marc Salomon has contributed $500 to the John Avalos mayoral campaign and $50 to the Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff campaign. Mr. Luby has also done some volunteer work for the Avalos campaign. Mr. Luby and Mr. Salomon have both volunteered for the Friends of Ethics ballot measure committee opposed to Measures E and F; Citireport Editor Larry Bush has also been involved in committee and contributed $4,499.66 to it. The authors have endorsed Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff and John Avalos for Mayor, and continue to weigh their options for 2nd and 3rd choices out of the mayoral candidates who are not Ed Lee. Mr. Luby has endorsed David Onek for District Attorney. This article was written in the authors’ capacities as longtime advocates for campaign finance disclosure, and the work was independent of any election campaign.
[i] In general, the coverage of this article was as follows: (1) all significant candidates were covered, with “significant” defined here as those candidates raising $15,000 or more and (2) all Ballot Measure Committees were covered. For the extent of coverage of independent spending or major donors, please see Sections 1 and 2, respectively, of this article.