Political Watchdog Agency Proposes Rules to Prevent Illegal Coordination

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SACRAMENTO (AP) —

California’s political watchdog agency is proposing tougher rules to prevent the illegal coordination between political campaigns and outside groups that can collect unlimited amounts of money.

The Fair Political Practices Commission introduced proposed rules Monday as it says independent expenditure spending has grown eight times higher than in 2002.

The proposal bans an independent committee from using the same political consultant as a candidate’s campaign. It also bars the groups from being run by a former staffer for the candidate or being funded by a candidate’s family member.

The proposal also prevents a candidate from showing up at a fundraiser for the outside group.

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson says the state’s proposal may simply push more of the fundraising to candidates and parties.