Campaign Fundraising in Budget Season
I have long been an author of legislation seeking to prohibit campaign fundraising by legislators and other state elected officials while the state budget is being considered. The bill I have authored this session on this issue is Senate Bill 23.
While the State Assembly enacted a rule this year to restricts its membership from fundraising during the state budget, banning fundraising piecemeal will not work to meet its intended effect - to restore public confidence in the budgeting process. Specifically, the ban implemented by the State Assembly contained loopholes to allow fundraising by leadership committees. It also does not cover the Senate and Governor. A bill needs to be enacted to address all members and political entities.