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Campaign finance amendments move forward
Monday, May 15, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
There is some debate about whether former City Council Member Don Zimmerman won or lost his suit against the city over campaign finance rules. However, there is no debate that the ruling has allowed candidates – including current Council members – to raise money all year round. Now Council Member Leslie Pool is moving forward with her push to limit that fundraising period. According to a post on the City Council Message Board, Pool hopes to have language before Council for its June 8 meeting that would give candidates 365 days to raise funds prior to the election, and six months to pay off their debt. That draft resolution was approved by the Ethics Review Commission at its most recent meeting, and is currently being reviewed by the Office of the City Clerk.
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