KQED’s John Myers has a great story on a case pending before the Supreme Court on whether independent redistricting commissions are constitutional, and how it could affect California.  You can find the original article here.


Governor Brown Declares Special Elections

Governor Brown has declared special elections for Senate Districts 7, 21 and 37.  The Primary will be held on March 17, 2015 and the General Election will be on May 19, 2015.

The text of the proclamation can be read here.


Increased Contribution Limits for National Party Committees

Since national parties may now accept contributions of up to $45,000 per year from multicandidate PACs $97,200 per year from other contributors, the FEC has announced that the parties may now open new accounts for acceptance of these funds.

You can read the press release from the FEC here.

FEC Releases Statement on Campaign Finance Portion of #CRomnibus

This week, the Federal Election Commission announced it would be considering regulations and guidance to the public with regards to the campaign finance portions of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 83).

The relevant portions of the bill raise contribution limits to federal political parties.  You can read the release here.