SF DA Race Now Most Expensive In History


For Immediate Release:  October 25, 2019                                                                                       

News Release


            New disclosures filed with the San Francisco Ethics Commission yesterday show that nearly $2 million has been spent in the four-way race to elect San Francisco’s next District Attorney – making it the most expensive DA’s race in San Francisco history. The filings show that the four candidates for DA have spent a combined $1.5 million, with an additional $355,000 in spending coming from outside “SuperPACs” either supporting or opposing candidates in the race. The total spending of $1,872,724 makes this SF’s most expensive DA’s race, surpassing the $1,852,155 spent in the 2011 SF DA race when George Gascon was elected and the $1,551,334 spent in the 2003 SF DA race when Kamala Harris was elected.

            “The exploding spending by SuperPACs in the District Attorney’s race is a prime example of why we need to strengthen transparency rules by passing Prop. F to ensure voters know exactly where this money is coming from,” said Jon Golinger, Campaign Director for Yes on Prop. F, the “Sunlight on Dark Money Initiative.” Prop. F is a measure on the November ballot that will increase disclosure requirements for SuperPAC ads and enact new anti-corruption rules restricting corporate donations and contributions by developers seeking favors from City Hall.

            The new campaign finance filings also show that the heated battle over the one Board of Supervisors seat on the November ballot – the District 5 seat to replace London Breed – is also seeing heavy spending. The new reports show appointed incumbent Vallie Brown has spent $348,875 while tenant advocate Dean Preston has spent $313,237. SuperPACs have spent another $209,038 on the District 5 race so far, with the majority of outside SuperPAC spending ($116,606) coming in the form of attack ads paid for by the California Association of Realtors against Dean Preston. The other SuperPAC spending in the District 5 race has been $59,499 from “SF Teachers Supporting Preston for Supervisor” (funded by the United Educators of SF) and $32,933 from “Friends and Neighbors in Support of Vallie Brown” (funded by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC.)

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