San Francisco may eliminate cumulative contribution limits 

The City’s Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance has an interesting provision that has come under discussion for change:  “No person may contribute cumulatively to all candidates more than $500 times the number of offices on the ballot.”

So for this November mayor’s race, the cumulative limit is $1,500. So for example, one could donate $500 to three mayoral candidates.

The Ethics Commissions meets Monday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Room 408 to vote on whether to eliminate this restriction.

“This law is arbitrary because it limits contributions in any given race based on the entirely irrelevant matter of how many other races are on the ballot that year,” an Ethics Commission report says. “Moreover, it is exceedingly hard for candidates to comply with the rule in the middle of a race because they cannot easily or effectively monitor how much their donors have contributed to other candidates in other races.”

The change, if approved, would go into effect next year and not impact this November’s mayor’s race.

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