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News, Sucka Free City Bundles of Joy: City Lobbyists Eat Fundraising Rules for Breakfast

Bundles of Joy: City Lobbyists Eat Fundraising Rules for Breakfast

An invitation for breakfast or a cocktail is always welcome. But less so when a contribution of $250 is mandated to earn the title of "friend." In San Francisco, however, affection is one more commodity to be bought and sold.…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Voter Pamphlet to Cease Listing Which Candidates Agreed to Spending Limits

S.F. Voter Pamphlet to Cease Listing Which Candidates Agreed to Spending Limits

If you offer your vote according to which candidate accepted to spend no more than the city's voluntary expenditure ceiling -- there must be some of you -- well, then we've got bad news. You're going to have to do…
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News, The Snitch Economic Rx: Hospital Boom Cures San Francisco's Jobs Ills

Economic Rx: Hospital Boom Cures San Francisco's Jobs Ills

While the economic diagnosis for the rest of America looks grim, San Francisco may be remedied by a construction boom in hospitals. In addition to California Pacific Medical Center's plans to build a 555-bed hospital on Van Ness at the…
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News, The Snitch City Considers Loosening Lobbyist Rules -- Good Government Types Not Amused

City Considers Loosening Lobbyist Rules -- Good Government Types Not Amused

With the eyes of every reporter and politico on today's budget-cutting Board of Supervisors meeting, the city's Ethics Commission will open discussion this afternoon on myriad changes to the city's lobbyist ordinance, including whether to do away with rules preventing…
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Law Requires Lobbyists to Disclose Little

When it comes to obfuscation, some city lobbyists have apparently taken Bill Clinton's seminar regarding what the meaning of the word "is" is. San Francisco's 43 registered lobbyists are required to file quarterly summaries of their activities with the Ethics…
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News, Sucka Free City Return of the Soft Money Orgy?

Return of the Soft Money Orgy?

Here's some simple San Francisco math: 2 organizations that have showered money upon Mayor Gavin Newsom's campaigns + 1 lawsuit aimed at killing the city's $500 contribution limit = many nervous good-government types. The city currently limits donations to candidates…
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