Glendale resident Gareth Neumann is hoping to change the state's political campaign and election process by getting a reform initiative he authored approved by voters next November. Neumann needs to gather nearly 400,000 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.
The initiative, titled "Candidates. Campaign Finances. Gifts," would amend a section of the California Political Reform Act by limiting campaign contributions from any source to $25. In addition, it would require all contributions to be spent on campaign expenses and that any surplus funds after the election be transferred to the state to reduce public bond indebtedness.
The measure also would amend a section of the state Elections Code to require elected officials to resign their current positions before filing nomination papers to run for a different elected office.
This initiative is Neumann's first political endeavor. He is the chief executive officer and founder of Automotive Performance Systems, a retailer and manufacturer of automotive parts in Anaheim.