Schwarzenegger, Spicoli, and Strong Laws on Lobbyist Gift-Giving

Part 27 of our 36-part series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at California.

California state law reads:

“No elected state officer, elected officer of a local government agency, or other individual specified in Section 87200shall accept gifts from any single source in any calendar year with a total value of more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250).”

Like with many other states concerned about lobbyist largesse, California law in this area is short, sweet, and spectacularly effective!

California is one of 23 states considered “Bright Line” states.  That is, they allow lobbyist gifts but only up to a limit.  California is one of 13 states that puts their limit on lobbyist gift-giving on an annual basis – as opposed to a limit per individual gift.

Compare that to the no-holds-barred unlimited lobbyist gift-giving world found in Missouri. No limits per gift.  No limits per year.  No limits anywhere.

California understands the folly in allowing unlimited lobbyist gift-giving.  When will Missouri?

Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge and legislation regulating lobbyist gift-giving.