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February 12, 2014

Reacting to this week’s announcement that a Sacramento lobbyist is paying a six-figure fine for making illegal campaign contributions by hosting lavish political fundraisers at his home, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia introduced a bill Wednesday to ban the practice.

Assembly Bill 1673 would prohibit lobbyists from hosting fundraising parties at their homes and offices. Under current law, lobbyists may host fundraisers that cost up to $500 — even though they are prohibited from making monetary campaign contributions of any amount to candidates for offices they are registered to lobby.

“It really makes no sense that a lobbyist can’t buy lunch for a legislator for over $10, but can provide elaborate, exclusive dinner parties simply by stating that it is under the $500 limit,” Garcia, a Bell Gardens Democrat, said in a prepared statement.

“As we’ve seen, these in-home lobbyist events fly under the legal radar and I think that they should be banned.”

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