Campaign rules rewrite demanded

first_img Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake At Yaroslavsky’s urging, the supervisors postponed the vote for a week to allow the County Counsel’s Office to re-write the ordinance, giving elected officials 30 days from the receipt of a contribution that violates the law to return the money and amend the reports. Yaroslavsky also asked that language be included giving the Registrar-Recorder’s Office the role of screening the reports for violations and levying fines up to $5,000 per violation. Under the rejected plan, elected officials would have been given 45 days from the date of learning of a campaign violation to return the money and file an amended report. The board’s discussion follows reports that more than two dozen contributions violations occurred in 2003-04, including instances involving District Attorney Steve Cooley and Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Don Knabe. The proposition prohibits the Board of Supervisors, district attorney, sheriff, assessor and hundreds of other officeholders in schools, community college and special districts from accepting more than $1,000 per donor and knowingly soliciting or accepting donations from registered lobbyists. After learning that a plan to screen campaign finance violations would allow officials to fix problems before fines are levied, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky called Tuesday on the County Counsel’s Office to re-write the ordinance. “The way you’ve written this thing is a joke,” Yaroslavsky said. “What you are saying to me is I can violate the law with impunity and when I’m caught I can make amends by returning the money. That’s ridiculous. “That’s tantamount to saying if I violate the law and the cop catches me, nevermind, I’ll go back and undo it. No one would ever go to jail.” The Board of Supervisors had planned to vote Tuesday on the plan to screen campaign finance filings to ensure compliance with a proposition voters passed in 1996. The Campaign Finance Ordinance was designed to reduce the influence of campaign contributions on county government and elected officials’ decisions. last_img read more

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