News from Ethics Agencies

Last updated October 8, 2022

Fair Political Practices Commission News

The Fair Political Practices Commission has proposed an increase to campaign contribution limits and proposed expenditure ceiling limits for calendar year 2023-2024. The proposed adjustments are as follows:

  • City and County Candidates subject to Section 85301 (d): increase limit from $4,900 to $5,500
  • Senate and Assembly, and CalPERS/CalSTRS candidates: increase limit from $4,900 to $5,500 per person and from $9,700 to $10,900 per small contributor committee.
  • Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Controller, Supt. of Public Instruction, Insurance Commissioner, and Board of Equalization: increase limit from $8,100 to $9,100 per person and from $16,200 to $18,200 per small contributor committee
  • Governor: increase limits from $32,400 to $36,400.
  • Committees that contribute to state candidates, other than political party committees: increase limit from $8,100 to $9,100
  • Political Party accounts for state candidates: increase limit from $40,500 to $45,500
  • Voluntary expenditure ceiling for Assembly candidates: increase limit from $649,000 to $727,000 for primary election and from $1,135,000 to $1,273,000 for general
  • Voluntary expenditure ceiling for Senate candidates: increase limit from $973,000 to $1,091,000 for primary and from $1,459,000 to $1,636,000 for general
  • Voluntary expenditure ceiling for State Board of Equalization: increase limit from $1,621,000 to $1,818,000 for primary and from $2,432,000 to $2,727,000 for general
  • Voluntary expenditure ceiling for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, 7 Controller, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Insurance Commissioner: increase limit from $6,485,000 to $7,272,000 for primary and from $9,728,000 to $10,908,000 for general
  • Voluntary expenditure ceiling for Governor: increase limit from $9,728,000 to $10,908,000 for primary and from $16,212,000 to $18,181,000 for general
  • Governor officeholder account: increase limit from $26,900 to $30,200, with the aggregate limit increasing from $269,300 to $301,900
  • Statewide officeholder, other than Governor: increase limit from $6,700 to $7,500, with the aggregate limit increasing from $134,600 to $151,000
  • State Assembly, Senate, CalPERS/CalSTRS officeholder account: increase from $4,000 to $4,500, with the aggregate limit increasing from $67,300 to $75,500

The Fair Political Practices Commission has adopted proposed amendments to: Regulations 18960, Direct Personal Benefit; 18225.7, Made at the Behest; Independent versus Coordinated Expenditures; and 18728.5, Reporting of Commission Income and Incentive Compensation. These amendments are clarifying and clean-up in nature.

At the September Commission meeting, staff presented to the Commission a draft language for prenotice discussion regarding proposed Amendments to Regulation 18624, Lobbyist Arranging Gifts; 18625, Loans to Lobbyist or Lobbying Firm; and Proposed Regulation 18626, Contingency Fees Prohibition.

Sacramento Ethics Commission News

The Sacramento Ethics Commission has established an ad hoc committee to review and discuss lobbying registration and reporting rules for the City. More details from the committee are available on the September meeting agenda.

City of Anaheim

At its September Council Meeting, the City of Anaheim voted to tighten its lobbying rules in response to an FBI corruption probe. The new ordinance establishes criminal penalties for intentional violations of the lobbying provisions of the City’s Sunshine Ordinance.

San Jose Board of Fair Campaign and Political Practices

At the Board’s September meeting, guidance was issued by the City Attorney on a number of topics, including 24-hour campaign reports, Form 700 requirements, campaign disclaimers, and online campaign advertising.

CalSTRS

CalSTRS has issued its annual reminder that CalSTRS restricts campaign contributions to Board members, the Governor, Controller, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and CalSTRS officers or employees, and any candidates running for those offices, to no more than $1,000 individually or $5,000 in the aggregate at the firm/individuals for a 12 month period. Such contributions are restricted both in active election cycles and off cycle fundraising efforts.