St. Petersburg City Council Passes Controversial Campaign Finance Law

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City lawmakers have passed an ordinance to limit the influence of independent expenditures in local elections.

By a 6-2 vote, City Council approved a measure to limit contributions from individuals to PACs involved in city elections and to restrict contributions from foreign-owned corporations with U.S.-based subsidiaries.

Supporters of the ordinance hope it will be a model law for other cities to stem the flow of money in politics after Citizens United.

Many believe a legal challenge is likely, but the drafters of the ordinance, a nonprofit group called Free Speech for People, are confident the language is constitutional under current campaign finance jurisprudence.