Should California consider a ban on contributions made to a legislator from any source during the legislative session?
Currently, 13 states prohibit contributions from any source during the statewide legislative session. In California, however, elected officials can raise money for their re-elections while at the same time legislating, creating a potential conflict of interest when making policy decisions that may benefit their donors. Banning fundraising during the legislative session would create a separation between policy decisions and political giving. It would also improve California's legislative process by guaranteeing that legislators' primary focus is on legislating.