Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Campaign Finance Bill Gets Preliminary Approval

Proposed campaign contribution limits have been approved by the Pittsburgh City Council in a tentative vote. Individuals could contribute a maximum of $2,000. Political action committees would be limited to $5,000. The bill would also require the city to post online who's donating to which campaigns. Sponsor Bill Peduto says Pittsburgh is the last big city without campaign finance reform.

Fellow councilman Jim Motznik voted against the bill, saying campaign finance reform should come at the state level. Peduto says he agrees, but thinks Pittsburgh shouldn't wait for it to happen. He also says he hopes Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will support the legislation, saying a veto would send a "bad message to the country."

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