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Council approves “dark money” rules
Friday, June 24, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
City Council approved a campaign finance reform ordinance Thursday. The change will require contributors who give more than $500 to campaigns to disclose their names. The ordinance passed 9-2, with Council members Don Zimmerman and Ellen Troxclair voting in opposition. Troxclair said she understood the interest in disclosure but that “the right of free speech is incredibly important — not only to me, but to the history of this country” and explained that it was important to be able to make political contribution “without fear of retribution from your employer, from the government or from anybody.” Zimmerman expressed concern that the ordinance was too complicated and rife with loopholes.