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California Proposition 73, Limits on Campaign Donations (June 1988)
- Limited the amount that an individual could contribute annually to a candidate for public office to $1,000 from each person, $2,500 from each political committee, and $5,000 from a political party and each "broad based political committee."
- Permitted stricter local limits.
- Limited gifts and honoraria to elected officials to $1,000 from each single source per year.
- Prohibited the transfer of funds between candidates or their controlled committees.
- Prohibited sending newsletters or other mass mailings at public expense.
- Prohibited public officials using and candidates accepting public funds for the purpose of seeking elective office.
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
The official summary said:
- "Limits annual political contributions to a candidate for public office to $1,000 from each person, $2,500 from each political committee, and $5,000 from a political party and each "broad based political committee," as defined. Permits stricter local limits. Limits gifts and honoraria to elected officials to $1,000 from each single source per year. Prohibits transfer of funds between candidates or their controlled committees. Prohibits sending newsletters or other mass mailings, as defined, at public expense. Prohibits public officials using and candidates accepting public funds for purpose of seeking elective office."
- See also: Fiscal impact statement
The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:
- "The measure would result in net savings to the state and local governments. State administrative costs will be about $1.1 million a year, when the measure is fully operational, and would be financed from the state's General Fund. Most of this cost would be incurred by the Fair Political Practices Commission. These costs would be offset by annual savings of about $1.8 million resulting from the prohibition on the expenditure of public funds for newsletters and mass mailings.
- Local government agencies also would experience unknown annual savings. These savings would result primarily from the prohibition on public expenditures for newsletters and mass mailings."
- PDF of the June 7, 1988 ballot proposition voter guide
- California Law Library, June 7, 1988 ballot propositions
- Hastings California I&R database