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File #: 2798-2013    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Defeated
File created: 11/18/2013 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 12/2/2013 Final action: 12/2/2013
Title: To enact the ordinance proposed by Initiative Petition entitled “Columbus Fair Campaigns Code” to enact Chapter 107 of the Columbus City Codes, 1959, to provide for a voluntary system of campaign finance reform for elections to the office of mayor and member of council, by creating voluntary limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.
Sponsors: Andrew Ginther
Attachments: 1. Attachment 2798-2013
Title

To enact the ordinance proposed by Initiative Petition entitled “Columbus Fair Campaigns Code” to enact Chapter 107 of the Columbus City Codes, 1959, to provide for a voluntary system of campaign finance reform for elections to the office of mayor and member of council, by creating voluntary limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.
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WHEREAS, IN 1994, the Columbus City Council empanelled the Municipal Campaign Finance Reform Advisory Committee to study and make recommendations on campaign finance reform; and
WHEREAS, on November 8,1994, the voters of Columbus passed Issue 6 to authorize enactment of campaign finance reform with such support led by the Democratic Party, and Section 200 of the City Charter was then­ amended to expressly authorize limits on campaign finance and contribution for elections to city offices; and
WHEREAS, no action was taken by the City Council to enact campaign finance reform pursuant to the people's 1994 vote; and
WHEREAS, in 1999 the State of Ohio instituted dollar limitations on campaign contribution that affect statewide candidates, and such limitations are appropriate for local candidates for offices as well;
WHEREAS, the proper operation of a representative democracy requires that elected public officials exercise independent judgment, act impartially, and remain responsive to the people;
WHEREAS, the city election process and city government should be protected from potential undue influence by individuals and groups making large contributions to the election campaigns of candidates for mayor and city council;
WHEREAS, the city election process and city government should be protected from even an appearance of undue influence by individuals or groups contributing to candidates for mayor and city council;
WHEREAS, the public should have justified confidence in the integrity of its government;
WHEREAS, limitations on contributions of money,services,and materials by individuals or groups to candidates for city...

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