January 31, 2014 •
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved revisions to the campaign finance reform ordinance. The changes were requested by the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), which enforces the county ordinance. Under the revised ordinance, contributions may be received for a […]
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved revisions to the campaign finance reform ordinance. The changes were requested by the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), which enforces the county ordinance. Under the revised ordinance, contributions may be received for a general election before the primary has taken place, so long as the funds are set aside until after the primary.
The term “independent expenditure committee” will be removed from a section pertaining to electronic filing requirements for contributions of $10,000 or more and will be replaced with the more inclusive “other person, entity, or committee.”
The board also authorized new language in the ordinance giving the FPPC permission to give technical assistance to donors in the same manner it advises candidates.
The revisions are scheduled for final adoption on February 11, 2014.
August 30, 2012 •
$3,900 limit and $10,000 disclosure requirement begin in 2013.
The Board of Supervisors has adopted an ordinance limiting campaign contributions for all county elective office candidates, and increasing public disclosure requirements for independent expenditures.
The new ordinance limits contributions to $3,900 per election cycle from a single source, including corporations, special interest groups, and individuals. The ordinance also requires all county candidates and independent expenditure committees to electronically report contributions and expenditures exceeding $10,000.
The ordinance goes into effect January 1, 2013.
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August 22, 2012 •
$3,900 limit for supervisors and countywide candidates
The Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved campaign contribution limits to take effect January 1, 2013. The ordinance subjects supervisors and countywide candidates to the same limits as state legislative candidates at $3,900 per election cycle from individuals and $7,800 from small contributor committees.
Contributions or expenditures of $10,000 or more to candidates and independent expenditure committees will now be disclosed electronically. Currently, state law requires disclosure for amounts greater than $50,000 for state and independent committees, but no requirements are in place for local races.
The ordinance goes before the board again Tuesday, August 28, 2012 for adoption.
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July 25, 2012 •
Contribution limits coming soon to San Bernardino County
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to enforce new campaign finance rules in the county. This is the first time the FPPC has been authorized by statute to contract with a county to enforce its campaign contribution limits.
County Supervisor Janice Rutherford originally proposed contracting with the FPPC to enforce a proposed county campaign law in lieu of creating a county ethics commission. Now with statutory permission in place, the county may proceed to craft a campaign finance law and negotiate contractual terms with the FPPC. Rutherford plans to bring her previous proposal to limit campaign contributions to $3,900 back before the board on August 21, 2012 for consideration.
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September 28, 2011 •
Ordinance to be Drafted.
The San Bernardino County supervisors voted to endorse a plan to limit campaign contributions at their September 27, 2011 meeting. The supervisors further voted to direct the county counsel’s office to draft an ordinance to be voted on by the supervisors at a future meeting.
The current plan would allow individuals to donate up to $3,900 per election cycle. Small contributor committees would be permitted to donate $7,800 per election cycle.
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