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City of Alameda Introduces Proposed Campaign Contribution Limits Ordinance

At last week’s Alameda City Council meeting, the Council heard the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would limit campaign contributions. Final passage of the ordinance will be considered at the June 15, 2010 regular City Council meeting.

The ordinance would limit to $250 the total amount than any one person could contribute to a candidate’s campaign committee or to a committee organized around a ballot measure in the City during a single election period. It would also prohibit contractors doing business with the City or various City agencies from making campaign contributions.

The City of Alameda is encouraging interested parties to attend the June 15th meeting or can submit comments to the City Clerk via e-mail at lweisiger @ ci.alameda.ca.us or in writing (2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA, 94501.

A copy of the proposed ordinance is included below.

June 1 2010 City of Alameda Proposed Campaign Contributions Limit Ordinance

2 comments to City of Alameda Introduces Proposed Campaign Contribution Limits Ordinance

  • It is unclear to me whether such campaign finance restrictions would apply to a campaign such as Measure E. It is increasingly obvious that special interests — the unions and vendors — are providing substantial amounts of money to the Pro-E efforts. Expensive lawn signs and four-color mailers, phone banks, legions of uniform red T-shirts, and that extensive letter writing campaign are all adding up to many tens of thousands of dollars. Measure E backers may outspend SunCal’s vast sums wasted on Measure B.

    MEanwhile, many business owners face a potential $80,000 price tag for Measure E over eight years, and those owning more than one large parcel many times that amount, which makes it very cost-effective to appeal the decision affirming Measure H, and to file and fight a similar law suit against Measure E if it passes.

    Campaign finance reform in Alameda isn’t complete until such parcel tax initiatives are also subject to the same limitations, small contributions and none allowed from interests doing business with AUSD!

  • It looks like it would apply to Measure E as well – “…or to a committee organized around a ballot measure in the City during a single election period. ”

    Note that APLUS has raised $88K so far in this election period for measure e, with $20,000 of that coming from SunCal.

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