Board of Supervisors to decide on political contributions for county office

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider whether to re-establish caps on the amount of money that political parties may contribute to candidates in races for county office.

When the city of San Diego’s $1,000 lid on such contributions was struck down by a federal judge a few years ago for being too restrictive, the county did away with its own limit, which was the same amount. The city responded in 2013 by setting the caps at $10,000 for district races and $20,000 for citywide campaigns.

Supervisor Ron Roberts is proposing similar limits — $10,000 for supervisors candidates since they’re elected by district, and $20,000 for countywide races like sheriff, district attorney, treasurer-tax collector, and assessor/recorder/clerk.

Roberts said city officials performed “a very thorough analysis” of the issues and reached a “appropriate balance” of allowing free speech and preventing the circumventing of limits on individual donations.

There is currently no limit to the amount of money political parties can spend on county races.

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