Changes to campaign finance laws proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener

Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation Tuesday that would make several changes to the city’s campaign finance laws.

The changes were approved by the San Francisco Ethics Commission and include eliminating the aggregate contribution limit which is $500 times the number of local races on the ballot. That meant for the Nov. 8 election one could donate $1,500 total, while in the previous election it was $6,500.

“It is an arbitrary and ever-changing number and especially with ranked-choice voting if one wants to support more than one candidate per race it makes it difficult to do that,” Wiener said.

The legislation would also allow the $500 contribution limit per candidate to increase over time based on the consumer price index. It’s estimated it would increase by $100 every five to 10 years.

“It would be a very slow increase, but it would acknowledge the fact that the $500 cap has not been raised since it was implemented almost 30 years ago,” he said.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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