Money Money

More money is coming to an election near you.

A little noticed and until recently unenforced provision of an ethics law passed in 2000 will allow big-money campaign donors to have more influence on future elections.

The amount donors can contribute to candidates for statewide office has risen $2,300 since 2006 and will continue to rise each election cycle. For candidates for the state Legislature, the limit has jumped $800 in the same period.

The law says campaign contribution limits should be increased each election cycle, based on the consumer price index.

The most recent increase came this month. Individual donors can now give statewide candidates $11,800 —- and an additional $3,500 if they face a runoff. Presidential candidates’ limit, by comparison, is $2,300 each for the primary and general election.

3 comments

  1. Burdell says:

    Trying to find the bill. HB 1630 from that session reads:

    “At the end of the election cycle applicable to each public office as to which campaign contributions are limited by this Code section and every four years for all other elections to which this Code section is applicable, the contribution limitations in this Code section shall be raised or lowered in increments of $100.00 by regulation of the State Ethics Commission pursuant to a determination by the commission of inflation or deflation during such cycle or four-year period, as determined by the Consumer Price Index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, and such limitations shall apply until next revised by the commission. The commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the implementation of this subsection.”

    Not to mention the bill summary contains the phrase: “to change provisions relating to limitations upon amounts of contributions…”

    Rep. Harbin now claims “that’s news to me.”

    I swear folks, if I pulled crap like that with my boss, I’d get fired.

  2. Bill Simon says:

    Thus the reason why politics attracts who it attracts…people who don’t like to worry about getting things done right or correctly because there is no right or wrong in politics.

  3. Romegaguy says:

    I thought the headline might be a reference to the $80k “loan” that a lobbyist for the payday loan industry made to Rep Ron Sailor BEFORE he voted on the payday loan bill…

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