LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGNS. SPENDING AND CONTRIBUTION LIMITS. PARTIAL PUBLIC FUNDING. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Limits political contributions to state legislative candidates per election to $1,000 from each person, S2,500 from each organization, and $5,000 from each "small contributor" political committee, as defined. Establishes Campaign Reform Fund to which individuals may designate up to $3 annually from income taxes. Provides legislative candidates who receive specified threshold contributions from other sources, and meet additional requirements, may receive with limitation matching campaign funds from Campaign Reform Fund. Establishes campaign expenditure limits for candidates accepting funds from Campaign Reform Fund. Provides civil and criminal penalties for violations. Summary of Legislative Analyst's estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact: Annual revenue loss from tax return designation to Campaign Reform Fund is estimated at 89 million starting in 1988-89. Annual state administrative costs will be about $1.9 million. Any surplus state campaign funds which exceed $1 million after the November general election will go back to the state's General Fund. If the amount of matching funds claimed by candidates is more than the amount available in the Campaign Reform Fund, the payment of matching funds is made on a prorated basis.
Popular Vote Results
Y: 2802614; A: 52.84; N: 2501263; B: 47.16
Bates v. Jones: 131 F.3d 843 9th Cir. 1998; Seiu v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n: 747 F. Supp. 580, E.D. Cal 1990; Kopp v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n: 11 Cal. 4th 607: 905 P.2d 1248: 47 Cal. Rptr. 2d 108, 1995; Gerken v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n: 6 Cal. 4th 707: 863 P.2d 694: 25 Cal. Rptr. 2d 449, 1993; Johnson v. Bradley: 4 Cal. 4th 389: 841 P.2d 990: 14 Cal. Rptr. 2d 470, 1992; Yoshisato v. Super. Ct.: 2 Cal. 4th 978: 831 P.2d 327: 9 Cal. Rptr. 2d 102, 1992; Taxpayers v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n: 51 Cal. 3d 744: 799 P.2d 1220: 274 Cal. Rptr. 787, 1990; Yoshisato v. Super. Ct.: 3 Cal. App. 4th 1070: 284 Cal. Rptr. 182, 1991; Johnson v. Bradley: 7 Cal. App. 4th 236: 279 Cal. Rptr. 881, 1991; California Common Cause v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n: 221 Cal. App. 3d 647: 269 Cal. Rptr. 873, 1990; County of Sacramento v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n: 222 Cal. App. 3d 687: 271 Cal. Rptr. 802, 1990; Center for Pub. Interest Law v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n: 210 Cal. App. 3d 1476: 259 Cal. Rptr. 21, 1989; Taxpayers v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n: 212 Cal. App. 3d 991: 260 Cal. Rptr. 898, 1989
Code Sections Affected
Added Cal. Gov. Code sections 85100, et seq., and 83122.5, Amended Cal. Gov. Code sections 91000, 91005 and 83116, Added Cal Gov. Code sections 84106 and 84302.5
Carol Federighi, President, League of Women Voters of California; Raoul Teilhet, Administrative Director, California Federation of Teachers; Daniel Lowenstein, Professor, UCLA School of Law Former Chairman, California Fair Political Practices Commission
John Keplinger, Former Executive Director California Fair Political Practices Commission
Rebuttal Against Author
Geoffrey Cowan, Chair, Common Cause of California; John K. Van De Kamp, Attorney General, State of California; Bill Honig, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of California
Legislative Campaigns. Spending and Contribution Limits. Partial Public Funding. California Proposition 68 (1988).