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August 13, 2012
Interest groups pay ballot fees for city charter panel candidates

A dozen of the 54 candidates running for the city's elected charter commission had their candidate statement fees paid for by interest groups, according to a list provided to The Bee this morning.

Of those candidates, eight had a portion of their fees funded by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's political action committee. Officials with the City Clerk's office said they have checked with state elections officials and the arrangement is permitted.

All together, the Metro Chamber PAC cut checks for $11,300 to help candidates it is supporting pay for a ballot statement. The full list of candidates whose statements were funded by interest groups can be found here: CharterCandidatesFunding.xlsx

Those ballot statements will be vital, as voters work their way through dozens of candidates listed on sample ballots sent to homes this fall.

The City Council is asking voters if they want to create a commission that would take two years exploring changes to the city charter. If voters want the panel, they'll be asked to pick 15 candidates from the list of 54.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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