Read Sacramento Bee columnist Steve Wiegand’s helpful holiday advice if you happen to feel like buying a nice present for your favorite elected official. Here’s a bit of his column:
With the holiday season breathing down our necks, it’s appropriate that the Fair Political Practices Commission has ratcheted up the value of gifts you can give public officials.
At its meeting last week, the commission raised the annual limit from the current $360 to $390 per official, an 8.3 percent boost. With the increase alone, you could get your favorite senator a copy of the “Reservoir Dogs” computer game, two boxes of Winchester 30-06 rifle ammunition, or 10 pounds of bacon. No rush — the changes don’t go into effect until Jan. 1.
The FPPC also raised per-person campaign contribution limits. For legislative hopefuls, the limit goes from $3,300 to $3,600 per election. Max totals to would-be governors go from $22,300 per election to $24,100, and for other statewide office wannabes, from $5,600 to $6,000.