Attorneys argue Campaign Finance Rules

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Last year, the Fair Political Practices Commission imposed new fundraising limits on ballot committees controlled by elected officials and candidates. Commission Chairwoman Liane Randolph says the appearance of allowing unlimited amounts from individuals is part of the problem.

 “The large contributions create the perception of corruption and gaining access.”

The appearance of corruption was among the state’s arguments in court to try to preserve the new limits. But Governor Schwarzenegger’s Attorney Charles Bell says it’s a violation of free speech and association.

 “He ought not have one hand tied behind his back nor should the committees trying to associate with him.”

 Governor Schwarzenegger has pledged to raise millions for his initiatives this year for a possible special election this fall.