Former Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino last week asked Stanislaus County to consider rolling back a 2001 campaign finance law that requires candidates for county offices to identify people who give them more than $25.
Sabatino wanted the board to raise the disclosure minimum to $200, which he said would let more people give to campaigns without fear of retribution from incumbents.
County Chief Executive Rick Robinson on Friday said that raising the disclosure minimum above $100 would violate state law and send a bad message to voters. Robinson declined to consider Sabatino's request because a county election is just three months away and could lead to different reporting requirements before and after a rule change.
Sabatino in 2001 voted against raising campaign disclosure minimums for City Council candidates. He has declared his intent to challenge Supervisor Dick Monteith in June's election.