Responding to a campaign finance transgression that produced an unprecedented fine, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to ban fundraisers at the homes of lobbyists.
Lawmakers demonstrated their eagerness to publicly address a drumbeat of fundraising-related scandals that have hit the Legislature, passing Assembly Bill 1673 without a single no vote or a moment of debate. The final vote was 68-0.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission slapped a record-setting six figure penalty on lobbyist Kevin Sloat in February, saying Sloat had violated the law by directing gifts to lawmakers and throwing expensive fundraising events at his house.
In response, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, introduced legislation prohibiting lobbyists from hosting fundraisers at their homes or offices. That would be far more stringent than current law, which allows such events if lobbyists contribute less than $500 toward the event.
The Senate has also introduced a campaign finance reform package that includes a home fundraiser ban bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens. Senate Bill 1441 has passed the Senate Appropriations Committee and awaits a floor vote.
PHOTO: A wine wall holds bottles of wine on an LED illuminated wine rack in a private home on July 9, 2013 in Carmichael, Calif. The Sacramento Bee/Paul Kitagaki Jr.