Tag: California Elections

Mar 11 2012

Many California Election Filing Deadlines Extended to Wednesday

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We will have to wait on a number of races to get started due to California Election Code 8022.

The complete list is here (Pdf).

In Ventura County, the following races have extended filing deadlines:

  • Assembly District 38
  • State Senate District 19
  • California Congressional District 26

In each of these districts NO incumbents filed for re-election.

Stay tuned…..

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Oct 13 2011

California OKs Political Donations Via Text Message

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Can approving online poker be far behind? Well, next year maybe.

California became the first state Thursday to allow people to make political campaign contributions via text messages.

“We have an obligation to bring more people into our democratic process,” said Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, which approved the change in a 3-to-0 vote. “This is one small step we are taking to allow this to happen and to allow people who can’t go to big fundraisers that are $1,000 a head or more to participate.”

“It’s now up to the industry to implement this and we realize it will take some time before that happens,” she said.

But the wireless industry was not happy with the new regulation, which places no limits on the amount of money a person can contribute via text message.

“We have an obligation to bring more people into our democratic process,” said Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, which approved the change in a 3-to-0 vote. “This is one small step we are taking to allow this to happen and to allow people who can’t go to big fundraisers that are $1,000 a head or more to participate.”

“It’s now up to the industry to implement this and we realize it will take some time before that happens,” she said.

But the wireless industry was not happy with the new regulation, which places no limits on the amount of money a person can contribute via text message.

“When we looked at the FEC’s reasoning, we realized we could do it and it was permissible under our laws,” Ravel said in an interview after the meeting.

In its discussion with the California commission, CTIA raised technical and practical concerns.

Specifically, the carriers said it could be a challenge to meet requirements of state and federal election laws, such as providing identifying information about a donor and making sure that donors are not foreign nationals, who are prohibited from making campaign contributions.

California election officials acknowledged there could be logistical problems but emphasized that it is optional for wireless companies to offer text messaging of campaign donations.

While it may be awhile for carriers to offer the service, “campaigns may be ready,” said Ravel. “We talked to some.”

I can see an entire system of abuse here, including foreign nationals gaming the system.

If the amount of money given in this way was limited to say $100 or so,then I think it will meet the intent on soliciting small contributions from many donors. Otherwise, the system will be abused/gamed by the campaigns and there will be rampant corruption.

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