In a unanimous decision, the Federal Elections Commission has voted to allow House members from California to raise unlimited money to fight Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s special election in November. Under California law, Schwarzenggerhas no limit on the funds he can raise.
Had the ruling gone against the Congressmembers, each donation the anti-initiative campaigns would have been limited to $5,000.
The redistricting initiative, Proposition 77, would take the responsibility of drawing boundaries for California’s congressional and state legislative districts away from lawmakers and give it to a panel of retired judges. The judges would be picked by legislative leaders from a pool selected by the state Judicial Council. The redistricting would occur as soon as possible, instead of after the 2010 census, which would be the normal timeline…
House members of both political parties have concerns about the redistricting plan.. .Republicans fear redrawing district lines in Democratic-leaning California could cost the GOP House seats. Democrats suspect Schwarzenegger’s motives, in part because of the example of Texas, where a GOP redistricting plan cost four Democrats their House seats last year.