Campaign Contributions/Statement of Economic Interest

What is Local Campaign Finance Regulation?

  • Local Campaign Finance Regulations, adding Chapter 2.55 to the City of San Bernardino Municipal Code, was adopted by Ordinance No. MC-1558 by the Mayor and City Council of the City of San Bernardino on June 2, 2021, and effected July 2, 2021.

    • The City desires to eliminate any appearance of impropriety during City permitting processes that come before the City Council; and in an effort to increase transparency and eliminate any appearance of quid pro quo, thereby increasing trust in the City's government, the City seeks to establish a limit on campaign contributions by persons, or persons acting on their behalf, with active applications with the City; and it is the City Council's intent to address the perception that unregulated campaign contributions lead to improper influence over elected officials and to establish realistic, narrowly tailored and enforceable limits on the amount which may be contributed to City political campaigns by persons with active applications in the City consistent with the rights of political expression protected under the Unites States Constitution; the purpose of this Ordinance is to establish limits amounts of money that may be directly contributed to political campaigns by persons with active applications in the City's elections. Under the City's Local Campaign Finance Regulations no party, no Elected Official can, solicit, or direct a contribution of more than two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) from any party while a proceeding involving a license, permit, contract, or entitlement for use is pending before the City and for three (3) months following the date a final decision is rendered