A pair of bills recently introduced in City Council are welcome chances to close two troubling loopholes in the city's campaign-finance laws.
Although the 2015 mayoral and other local races may seem a long way off, preparations are under way, including the early-and-often ramping up of fund-raising. The new campaign-finance proposals are a potentially beneficial by-product of the already heated competition among possible mayoral candidates, including Councilmen Bill Green and James Kenney.
Following a WHYY report that Green legally accepted $30,000 from beverage millionaire Harold Honickman last year, Kenney introduced a bill to ensure that no incumbent elected official accepts such a large donation again. The legislation would close a loophole in city law that allows incumbents to accept huge donations if they have not technically declared that they are seeking a particular office. Once they declare, they are subject to contribution limits of $2,900 for individuals and $11,500 for political action committees.