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Councilwoman Kate Gallego: Phoenix City Council Adopts Dark Money OrdinanceCouncilwoman Kate Gallego: Phoenix City Council Adopts Dark Money Ordinance<div class="ExternalClassC258DD8B65AE439295DF32CC1C128317"><p style="text-align:center;"><em style="font-size:17.3333px;">Ordinance Would Require Disclose of Spending Intended to Influence City of Phoenix Elections</em><br></p><p>Responding to the public's desire for more campaign finance transparency in elections, the Phoenix City Council has passed an ordinance requiring disclosure of campaign spending intended to influence city elections. Full enactment of the ordinance will require a change to the city's charter which must be approved by city voters in the November general election. Phoenix joins other cities such as Denver, Austin, and Tempe in taking a proactive approach in shining light on untraceable and unaccountable campaign spending that has overwhelmed our elections.<br></p><p>The charge to enact the Dark Money Ordinance was led by Councilwoman Kate Gallego, adopted by a vote of 7 to 1, Gallego shared the following after adoption of the ordinance, "We must restore public trust in our elections. Residents expect us to stand up to interest groups, corporations, and wealthy individuals who skirt our campaign finance laws and lack the courage to put their name on their paid campaign speech. I have appreciated the broad coalition of bi-partisan support for this policy. I'm confident voters will approve this ordinance in November to protect our elections from dark money."<br></p><p>Councilwoman Debra Stark, also voting in favor of the ordinance shared the following, "Voters make better decisions when they have more information available to make their choices. This ordinance will aid voters in knowing what interests are spending money in our elections. I've been excited to work with Councilwoman Gallego on this issue and value her leadership to enact this reform."<br></p><p>The ordinance features the following provisions:<br></p><ul><li>Disclosure of the name or entity comprising the original source of the contribution of at least $1,000 to influence a city election.</li><li>Reporting to the City Clerk within 48 hours of independent expenditures made in a city election of at least $1,000</li><li>Enforcement of violations via civil penalties<br></li></ul><p>Full enactment of the ordinance will require a change to the city's charter which must be approved by city voters in the November general election.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><br></p></div>5/3/2018 12:00:00 AMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405