Donors to local candidate campaigns would be banned from giving contributions larger than $4,200 under legislation approved by the Assembly on Thursday.
"This is an imperfect system," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco), in referring to the role of money in politics. "But what is a glaring omission is that you could have a contribution of any size that most certainly could influence the outcome of an election."
AB 2523 would apply to any local government that has not already established its own campaign contribution limits. A report by California Common Cause found only 23% of the state's cities and 28% of its counties have rules placing limits on the size of contributions.