Item 4.6, Campaign Finance Limits, is on the City Council Agenda, Tuesday, June 20, 6:00pm, City Council Chambers, 4th and Main Sts. This item was put on the agenda by conservative Republican Sean Morgan because he wants to do away with any and all campaign contribution limits to a city council candidate.
Why would he want to do this since he was just re-elected in 2016? Because Mayor Morgan’s 3 Republican cohorts, Reanette Fillmer, Mark Sorensen and Andrew Coolidge, are all up for re-election in 2018.
They would be the ones most likely to benefit from no campaign contribution limits, here’s why:
Conservative Republican candidates get most of their campaign $$ from a few wealthy contributors. Right now these wealthy contributors can only give up to $500 (that’s a lot of $$ for most ordinary people). Of course, they’ve gotten around this by having their wives or husbands also give $500, but at least there’s some semblance of trying to make sure that a councilor is not “bought” by just a few people. Sean Morgan is quoted in the N&R (see link below) as saying that “grassroots campaigns don’t work anymore.” Of course grassroots doesn’t work for him (or his cohorts Fillmer, Sorensen and Coolidge) because he can’t depend on a large constituency and, in the absence of broad support, he raised over $60,000 for his last election from just a few wealthy contributors to whom he is beholden. In comparison, progressive candidates get most of their campaign $$ from hundreds of small donations given by ordinary people. Who do you want to represent you, candidates supported by a majority or candidates purchased by wealth?
Please attend the City Council meeting, June 20th, 6:00PM. I know it’s going to be quite hot that day but it’s always cool inside the council chambers, in fact bring a sweater! Mayor Morgan and his 3 fellow “Trump-etts” are counting on you to NOT to show up and speak out.
City Council agenda, Item 4.6: http://chico-ca.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=266