In 78% of cities, wealthy special interests can give unlimited amounts of money to candidates in local elections. Most states impose limitations on contributions to candidates for local elective offices. California is among the minority of states without these contribution limitations.
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CA STATE ASSEMBLYMAN REPRESENTING NORTH SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:
District 35 State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R)http://ad35.assemblygop.com (Term 2016-2018)
State Capitol, Room 4098, Sacramento, CA 94249-0035 Phone: (916) 319-2035; FAX: (805) 549-3400
1150 Osos Street, Suite 207, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Phone: (805) 549-3381 SLO
SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Most states impose limitations on contributions to candidates for local elective offices. California is among the minority of state without these contribution limitations.
(b) Most local governments in this state have not independently imposed limitations on contributions to candidates for local elective offices.
(c) In local jurisdictions in this state that have not imposed limitations on contributions, candidates for local elective offices often receive contributions that would exceed the limitations for a state Senate campaign, even though most local jurisdictions contain far fewer people than the average state Senate district.
(d) In local jurisdictions in this state that have not imposed limitations on contributions, candidates for local elective office sometimes raise 40 percent or more of their total campaign funds from a single contributor.
(e) A system allowing unlimited contributions to a candidate for local elective office creates the risk and the perception that local elected officials are beholden to their contributors and will act in the best interest of those contributors at the expense of the people.
(f) This state has a statewide interest in preventing actual corruption and the appearance of corruption at all levels of government.
(g) This act establishes a limitation on contributions to a candidate for local elective office in a jurisdiction in which the local government has not established a limitation. However, a local government may establish a different limitation that is more precisely tailored to the needs of its communities.
SEC. 2. Section 35177 of the Education Code is amended to read:
Existing law authorizes a county, city, or district to limit campaign contributions in local elections. Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district or of a community college district to limit campaign expenditures or contributions in elections to district offices. The act specifies that it does not prevent the Legislature or any other state or local agency from imposing additional requirements on a person if the requirements do not prevent the person from complying with the act, and that the act does not nullify contribution limitations or prohibitions by any local jurisdiction that apply to elections for local elective office, as specified.
This bill, commencing January 1, 2019, instead would prohibit a person from making to a candidate for local elective office, and would prohibit a candidate for local elective office from accepting from a person, a contribution totaling more than the amount set forth in the act for limitations on contributions to a candidate for elective state office. This bill would also authorize a county, city, special district, or school district to impose a limitation that is different from the limitation imposed by this bill. This bill would repeal the authorization for the governing board of a school district or of a community college district to limit campaign expenditures in elections to district offices. This bill would make specified provisions of the act relating to contribution limitations applicable to a candidate for a local elective office, except as specified.
The act makes a violation of its provisions punishable as a misdemeanor and subject to specified penalties.
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