A Senate Republican leader has proposed eliminating limits on campaign contributions to state candidates, arguing the restrictions are ineffective.
Sen. Ted Gaines, chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus, introduced legislation to repeal major portions of the Proposition 34 that put a $4,100 limit on contributions by individuals to candidates for the legislature and a $27,000 limit on contributions to candidates for governor.
The measure would have to be acted on by the state voters.
SB 268 was introduced a few months after an Arizona group contributed $11 million from anonymous sources to a ballot initiative campaign in California. In addition, independent expenditure campaigns spent millions elsewhere to support or oppose candidates.
"If the goal of prior campaign finance reform was to lessen the influence of money in politics, it has been a miserable failure,’’ Gaines said. "The money has just migrated to shadowy outfits that spend anonymous millions with little disclosure."