A proposal to raise Oakland’s campaign contribution limits from $700 to $1,000 was defeated last night when it failed to earn enough votes. The proposal, which also would have raised the donation limits for PACs from $1,300 to $1,600, needed five votes to pass, but it only garnered three. Voting for the measure was council President Jane Brunner and council members Ignacio De La Fuente and Larry Reid. Council members Rebecca Kaplan, Pat Kernighan, Nancy Nadel, and Jean Quan all voted no. Councilwoman Desley Brooks was absent.
The proposal also was rejected by the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, as was a plan by City Attorney John Russo to double the donation limits from $700 to $1,400. Russo’s proposal also would have doubled the total amount of money that candidates can spend in an election. Last night’s proposal, however, would have kept the current expenditure limits intact. Last night’s vote also means that candidates in this year’s election must abide by the city’s current campaign fundraising and expenditure rules.