January 26, 2016 •
Cleveland City Council to Consider Raising Campaign Contribution Limits
Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley wants to raise the limits on political contributions in order to offer challengers a fair fight against incumbent candidates with established war chests. Individual and PAC contributions to mayoral candidates would be capped at $10,000 per calendar year. The current city ordinance permits just $1,000 from individuals and $2,000 from PACs. The proposed legislation would also increase contribution limits for council candidates up to $1,500 from individuals and $3,000 from PACs.
Critics argue the proposal would allow special interests to buy influence at City Hall. Kelley, however, believes $10,000 is not enough money to make a mayor feel beholden to a donor. Considering most Ohio cities have no campaign contribution limits, Kelley suggests a higher limit is still better than no limit at all.
The legislation will be discussed at the Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 27, and will likely be up for passage the same night.
Photo of Cleveland City Hall by Stu Spivack on Wikimedia Commons.
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