San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, seen earlier this year, formed an advisory group that urges the Board of Supervisors to adopt reforms that include campaign contribution limits, policing lobbyists and prohibiting supervisors’ staff from working on their political campaigns.//FILE PHOTO

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 13 December 2011 08:54 PM

An ethics advisory group formed by San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford is proposing a package of reforms that include campaign contribution limits, policing lobbyists and prohibiting supervisors’ staff from working on their political campaigns.

Two members of the group former state legislator Bill Leonard and Bob Balzer, former publisher of The Sun presented the recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, urging supervisors to adopt them soon.

They said they believe the proposed reforms will help curtail the abuses that have led to criminal charges against several former county officials over the last several years.

Rutherford said in August that her advisory group was exploring the idea of campaign contribution limits. A month later, the board agreed to have the county counsel’s office draft a proposed ordinance.

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