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Supervisors move forward on campaign finance reform ordinance

EUREKA- The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors moved forward on an ordinance to limit campaign financing in a 4-1 vote Tuesday.

The board moved to approve limiting campaign contributions in all Humboldt County elections to $1,500 per donor, per election cycle. The ordinance is modeled after a similar initiative in Sonoma County intended to help ensure that no candidate is influenced by monetary contributions from any one organization.

The board agreed to drop an escalator clause that would raise those limitations by 5 percent per year. They also agreed to cut out a late reporting clause, because state laws already define rules on that issue.

Supervisor Mark Lovelace dissented in his vote stating he couldn’t support the ordinance because it “doesn’t support anything”

“I support campaign finance reform,” said Supervisor Lovelace, “but this isn’t it.”

The supervisors will vote again on adopting the ordinance at next week’s meeting.