Fair Campaign Practices Act Revised

After months of discussion, the City Council gave final approval to an ordinance revising Longmont’s campaign regulations. In addition to small increases in the reporting threshold for individual donations and independent expenditures, the revised ordinance eliminates the controversial Election Committee, a citizens’ group originally created to review alleged campaign violations. Discussion concerning the disbandment of the Election Committee and an institution of a 90-day statute of limitations on election violation complaints were the subject of a lengthy discussion during the final hearing. The revisions passed 4-3 after an emotional debate during which Council members Hansen, McCoy and Levison decried the “lack of transparency” in the revised ordinance while Mayor Baum and Council members Santos, Witt and Sammoury countered that the soon-to-be-defunct Election Committee itself had proposed a majority of the changes.

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