By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/14, 10:07 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved revisions to its campaign finance reform ordinance, two years after it was established to combat corruption.

The changes come at the request of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, or FPPC, which the county contracts with to enforce its ordinance, county spokesman David Wert said.

“The sole purpose of the item is to have the language in the county ordinance more closely match the language in the state Political Reform Act, so the FPPC can more easily enforce the county ordinance and provide proper advice to candidates and contributors,” Wert said.

Approved by California voters in 1974. the Political Reform Act governs disclosure of political campaign contributions and spending by candidates and ballot measure committees. It also sets ethics rules for state and local government officials as to their votes and decisions on matters in which they may have a financial interest.

Under the revised ordinance, which goes before county supervisors again for final adoption on Feb. 11, candidates for local public office would be allowed to raise up to $4,100 from individuals and $8,200 from small contributor committees for a general election prior to the primary election. Should the candidate lose the primary election or withdraw from the race, the candidate would have to refund the money to the donors on a pro rata basis, minus the cost of campaigning for and raising the money.

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