Here is a little-known County election law, “activated” now for the first time by Carl Hilliard’s $100,000 donation to his own race for 3rd District County Supervisor. The law imposes a limit of $500-per-donation on County candidates… but that “Lid” comes off if a candidate spends $100K + of their own funds. NOW, my sources say, candidates Steve Danon and David Roberts could accept individual donations of ANY amount, until those new gifts reach a combined $100,000. Example: 10 donors of $10K each, or 50 donors of $2K each, would now be legit. Do Steve Danon and/or David Roberts want to take that opportunity? Stay tuned!…. (Barry Jantz’s initial story is here).
…… A Couple important Things worth mentioning
Del Mar Mayor Hilliard has Lysa Ray as his campaign treasurer. Lysa Ray is well-respected in the SD political community as a thorough professional. As you will see in her letter below, she dots-the-Is-and-crosses-all-the-Ts, on this matter. The Hilliard campaign is playing within the rules as they are written.
* SD Rostra welcomes input from the DANON or ROBERTS campaigns on this development.