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SLO County supervisors consider raising campaign contribution limit

Posted at 7:34 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 02:11:42-04

San Luis Obispo County leaders are considering raising the limit on the amount of money that can be donated to political candidates.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday in favor of proposing an increase in the donation limit to $25,000 per person.

That's five times the state limit of $4,700 that is set to go into effect next year.

The contribution cap would apply to individuals and organizations.

The San Luis Obispo County League of Women Voters calls the proposed amount excessive.

"It will have the result of inflaming the public's perception that big money has such a role in our local politics and thereby further eroding our public confidence in our elections in our government so we think it's a bad thing, so we really encourage our board of supervisors to reconsider that cap and align it with what the state has adopted," said Cindy Marie Absey, Co-President of the San Luis Obispo League of Women Voters.

Supervisors will discuss the ordinance on November 10 and will return for a hearing the following week.

Supervisor John Peschong encourages anyone who feels strongly against the proposal to contact his office.