San Bernardino County Considers Campaign Finance Reform

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford

(Best Syndication News) A bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown could help pave the way for the county to adopt and enforce new campaign finance reform laws. The new law is welcome news for County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

Assembly bill 2146, introduced by Assemblyman Paul Cook at the request of the county supervisors, will allow the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to enforce campaign finance rules adopted by the county.

“Now the Board can move forward with adopting campaign finance rules that limit campaign contributions and help thwart influence peddling by deep-pocket donors,” Second District Supervisor Rutherford tells Best Syndication. This will be effective and affordable for the county, according to the supervisor.

Rutherford is advocating that the county contract with the state to enforce campaign finance rules in the county. This would be cheaper than creating a new local bureaucracy to oversee ethics and contributions.

Last year Rutherford recommended the county adopt the state legislature limits on contributions. The current limit for state officials is $3,900 from a single source, like a corporation, special interest group, or individual. The $3,900 limit resets each election cycle.

Rutherford is recommending the limit be set for all county elected officials, including Sheriff, District Attorney, Assessor-Recorder, Auditor-Controller, Superintendent of Schools, and Supervisors.

Other supervisors are on-board, according to Rutherford. The BOS could take the matter up before the next supervisor elections.

By: Nicole Wilson

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