Our government only works as well as our public officials— those officials need to be held to the highest ethical standards.
Ban on Campaign Nepotism: AB 664 (Steinorth – Rancho Cucamonga)
Summary: Current law prohibits elected officials and candidates for elected office, as well as their spouses, from receiving compensation from campaign committees controlled by said official or candidates. AB 664 extends this ban by also prohibiting the parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren of elected officials and candidates from receiving compensation above fair market value for goods and services rendered to their relative’s campaign committee. This reform will stymy corruption and nepotism in California politics.
Status: Passed the Assembly floor, now to Senate Elections Committee. (as of May 7, 2018)
Local FPPC Enforcement: AB 2880 (Harper- Huntington Beach)
Summary: Currently, most cities or counties with local campaign finance ordinances rely on city attorneys or district attorneys to enforce their ordinances. Enforcement is sparse, and relying on appointed or elected officials for enforcement creates conflict of interest concerns. SB 2880 allows local governments to contract with the FPPC for local campaign finance and ethics enforcement, a model which San Bernardino County has used very effectively in a pilot program. In the 2014 election cycle in San Bernardino County, the FPPC educated more than 50 campaigns on ordinance requirements; audited 22 campaigns; and investigated 24 campaigns for alleged violations, resulting in 9 fines. SB 2880 would allow all cities and all counties below a population of 3,000,000 to contract with the FPPC for local campaign and ethics ordinance enforcement.
Status: Passed Assembly Local Government Committee to Assembly Appropriations Committee. (as of May 7, 2018)