Women’s March SLO (WMSLO) joins the League of Women Voters San Luis Obispo County (LWV SLOCO) in opposing the SLO County Board of Supervisors proposed county ordinance 30.2 which caps campaign contribution at $25,000 per person – more than 5 times the limit set by the State’s Political Reform Act. WMSLO advocates for fair elections that enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office, and promote citizen participation in the political process. Elected officials should be connecting with voters and addressing their needs and concerns, not committing to big donors and special interests.
In 2019, the CA Legislature amended the Political Reform Act of 1974 with AB 571 to further curtail campaign finance corruption and undue influence of big money in campaigns. Effective January 1, 2021, AB 571 imposes contribution limitations of $4,700 per person on local elective offices in jurisdictions that have not enacted their own contribution limits. In response, the SLO County of Supervisors proposed county ordinance 30.2 to set the cap at $25,000 per person. The county ordinance applies to 10 elective county offices: the Board of Supervisors, County Assessor, District Attorney, Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector-Public Administrator, Clerk Recorder, and Sheriff-Coroner.
We urge you to contact the Board of Supervisors immediately and ask them to revise draft ordinance 30.2 by lowering the $25,000 contribution cap in alignment with the state’s limit of $4,700.
The Ordinance will be on the Board’s agenda on November 10th and November 17th. Contact your Board Supervisor here.
Sign Women’s March SLO petition opposing ordinance 30.2 here.
Read County Ordinance 30.2 here.