Five months after adopting new campaign finance rules for city elections, the Escondido City Council reversed course and voted to strip away two of the rule changes enacted by the previous council.
In October, the council reduced the contribution limits for city offices such as mayor, city council and city treasurer, and also established a prohibition on candidates carrying over surplus campaign funds from one election to the next. The council also voted to impose its new contribution limits on all persons and organizations, including political parties, businesses and labor unions.
In November, a new conservative majority was elected to the council, as three seats were up for election.
At its meeting Wednesday, the council voted by a 3-2 margin, with Mayor Paul McNamara and Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez opposed, to do away with the prohibition on rolling over campaign funds, and also exempted political parties from the city’s contribution limits.