By Leon Thompson
Photos: Mayor Voepel, left, favors lifting limits; Councilman Dale, right, opposes.
July 8, 2015 (Santee)—Candidates running for Santee City Council or Mayor can only receive campaign contribution from individuals and for no more than $650.00 dollars. However, that may change due to a proposal that would strike the restriction to individual donors and open campaign contributions up to corporations,political action committees (PACs) and other organizations.
City Attorney Shawn Hagerty made clear that the current law is similar to ones many other California jurisdictions have. Despite recent court rulings on some campaign finance issues, he made clear, “local limits to individuals have not been called into question and there is no requirement to change that.” Despite that, some Council members seemed eager to allow corporate and political action company money into local races to help fund rising campaign costs.