Cameron Smyth

Smyth: Less PACs, More Public

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Patti Shea Former Staff Writer The candidates in the next Santa Clarita City Council election may be the same, but the money flowing between political committees may not. A proposal will be presented to the City Council on Tuesday to limit the amount individuals can contribute to local political action committees. The motion comes following the most expensive election in Santa Clarita history. Councilman Cameron Smyth, who is up for re-election in April 2004, authored the measure because he said this year’s election was influenced by a few major contributors and reduced the public’s role. “When you see PACs accounted for over $90,000 in campaign spending – which is more than some candidates raised combined – you can’t help but see the influence of that …

Cameron Smyth

Campaign Finance Reform Sought

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By. Patti Shea Record spending by political action committees in the last City Council election has prompted one council member to call for a change in campaign spending limits. Councilman Cameron Smyth announced Friday that he will seek to untie the loophole that allows PACs to pour thousands of dollars into city elections. Smyth said when the council returns from its summer break, he will submit an ordinance for council consideration to curb PAC spending. “I want to bring PACs to the same level as candidate committees,” Smyth said. Under the city’s current rules, individuals can give no more than $250 to a single candidate in an election, but PACs can spend an unlimited amount on a candidate. Smyth wants to impose the same $250 …

Cameron Smyth

Campaign Finance Reform Sought

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By. Patti Shea Record spending by political action committees in the last City Council election has prompted one council member to call for a change in campaign spending limits. Councilman Cameron Smyth announced Friday that he will seek to untie the loophole that allows PACs to pour thousands of dollars into city elections. Smyth said when the council returns from its summer break, he will submit an ordinance for council consideration to curb PAC spending. “I want to bring PACs to the same level as candidate committees,” Smyth said. Under the city’s current rules, individuals can give no more than $250 to a single candidate in an election, but PACs can spend an unlimited amount on a candidate. Smyth wants to impose the same $250 …

Cameron Smyth

Campaign Finance Reform Sought

Cameron Smyth Cameron Smyth

By. Patti Shea Record spending by political action committees in the last City Council election has prompted one council member to call for a change in campaign spending limits. Councilman Cameron Smyth announced Friday that he will seek to untie the loophole that allows PACs to pour thousands of dollars into city elections. Smyth said when the council returns from its summer break, he will submit an ordinance for council consideration to curb PAC spending. “I want to bring PACs to the same level as candidate committees,” Smyth said. Under the city’s current rules, individuals can give no more than $250 to a single candidate in an election, but PACs can spend an unlimited amount on a candidate. Smyth wants to impose the same $250 …