Onorato and Ravenstahl propose city, county campaign finance reform
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl last week announced a joint effort to reform campaign finance in Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh. The county executive and mayor submitted identical legislation to their respective councils last Thursday, which will set limits on campaign contributions from individuals and political action committees.
“Now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld the right of local governments to impose limits on campaign contributions in local races, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are taking action to reform local elections,” said Mr. Onorato.
The proposed contribution limits are $4,600 per individual each year and $10,000 per political action committee each year. The legislation will also include a “millionaire's clause” for candidates who self-finance their campaigns. The exact details of the clause are still being finalized.
“Our joint efforts today will make sure that residents see real reform and that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County serve as models for statewide comprehensive campaign finance reform,” said Mr. Ravenstahl. “I believe our historic efforts today will create the momentum to get serious about the issue of openness, equitability and opportunity at the state level.”
The new limits are proposed to take effect on Jan. 1, 2010.