Alex Tourk: Who Would Prosecute Him?

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Alex Tourk, in the forefront, has a lot of 'splaining to do...
When you lobby for a living, it appears you may forget when you're doing it -- or even filling out paperwork claiming that's what you've been doing.

Or maybe that's just Alex Tourk. The proprietor of Ground Floor Public Affairs appears to have blithely broken city laws regarding lobbying one's government clients on behalf of other clients. Tourk dutifully reported to the Ethics Commission that he lobbied City Attorney Dennis Herrera and District Attorney George Gascón. He's running both men's electoral campaigns. 

Herrera has turned over the investigation of the matter to his Oakland counterparts. SF Weekly queried DA spokesman Seth Steward whether Gascón would recuse himself from a potential prosecution of Tourk. We haven't yet heard back. 

It's a violation of the city's campaign and governmental conduct codes for a registered lobbyist to "communicate with any officer of the City and County who is a current or former client of the campaign consultant on behalf of another person or entity." Tourk told the Chronicle that he was unaware of this law. Later, however, he told the paper that what he did wasn't lobbying -- even though he'd gone to the trouble of completing a lobbying report.

It would seem Tourk is on the wrong end of the law either way. 

If Tourk was lobbying -- as he submitted paperwork claiming he was -- then he violated section 2.117 of the campaign and governmental code. And if he wasn't lobbying, he signed off on an erroneous report -- a report that is filed under penalty of perjury.

Tourk has not yet returned our call.

The penalty for illegal lobbying can be fines of up to $5,000 a pop. The penalty for perjury -- well, that'd be serious.

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Richo80469
Richo80469

alex tour is b.s and he is abousing the system specialy in family court in san francisco.he needs to in jail him and his connection . look at the case of norris vs icho so much b.s that it is joke. when are we going to get our government to stop doing favors to friends.

sooner or later they will all go to jail and I cant wait.

Robert
Robert

tourk stop the abouse and start working with honesty. u and ur connection time will come and u will all pay for the b.s your doing you need to go get life and stop stealing from the government under the table and using the connection for your girl friend case in family court in san francisco  and abousing the captain of police david lazar so create false report . when will the gov stop this abouse its enough and sad that system is working like that.

Charley_sf
Charley_sf

A political consultant bills like an attorney--they account for their activities and their time so their client can pay their bill. In turn, the consultant also must disclose that activity with Ethics. This is the way we found out about this apparent violation of the law.

But there is more... Ethics in FY 11 projected $8,000 collected from lobbyists who pay a small fee when they register to file their reports. As of February, it now appears that we have a flood of lobbyists registering to lobby our new mayor and Board--the very people who approve all City contracts:The amount raised so far this year is well over $40,000--and the year does not end until June 30th!What does this mean? It seems we have returned to the Bad Old Days when the City was For Sale.

Sad.

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