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\\\"Interest in state and federal campaign finance has soared, following the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United v. FEC ruling in 2010. Discussions of Super PACs and 501(c) groups are now commonplace, and candidates’ campaign accounts are meticulously watched for hints of strength or weakness. However, political contributions are flowing in large amounts to a widely overlooked destination: local elections.1 2 Although these races often do not receive the headlines of their state and federal counterparts, the election results can have a great effect on people’s everyday lives. School curriculum, zoning, and local tax code are just some examples of policy determined by the elected local boards, councils, and executives who carry out local governance. Knowing who funded their campaigns is an essential component of maintaining an effective, accountable democracy. As part of a project funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Institute on Money in State Politics examined the state of local candidate campaign finance disclosure in Knight Foundation’s 26 communities.3 This report identifies some of the best practices for candidate campaign finance disclosure in three key areas—completeness, timeliness, and accessibility—and highlights those Knight Foundation communities that have instituted such practices.\\\"Year: 2015•State: All States•Type: Policy Brief or Report•Source: followthemoney.org•Policy: Democracy, Good Government, Voting Rights, Election Finance
A model ordinance that limits the amount businesses may contribute to candidates, political parties, or office holders; and prohibits an entity that contributes more than the limit from receiving government contacts.Year: 2011•State: New Jersey•Type: Model Law•Source: New Jersey Department of Community Affairs•Policy: Public Finance and Investment, Revenue, Democracy, Election Finance
This ordinance amends the Campaign Finance Act (\\\'Act\\\') to ensure that: the contribution limits applicable to those doing business with the city apply for an entire election cycle, meaning a primary and general election, and not for each election; the new matching level of 6:1 up to $175 will be retroactively applied from the start of the current election cycle (January 2006); the exemption from the doing business restrictions for affordable housing developers would only apply to landlords accepting Section 8 and those providers of affordable housing whose selection for benefits do not involve significant discretion by the department of housing preservation and development or other City agencies in awarding a benefit; and to clarify some of the Law\\\'s provisions.Year: 2007•State: New York•Type: Act or Session Law•Source: New York City Council•Policy: Good Government, Housing, Election Finance
The ordinance requires that all candidates comply with contribution limits and disclosure requirements. The ordinance also established the Campaign Finance Program (the Program). Candidates who join the Program also agree to comply with strict expenditure limits, and in return they become eligible to receive public matching funds for their campaigns, based on contributions they raise from NYC residents.Year: 2007•State: New York•Type: Act or Session Law•Source: New York City Council•Policy: Good Government, Democracy, Election Finance
This ordinance reforms campaign finance regulations in elections for county positions. This ordinance requires candidates for county offices to disclose the names and size of donations during any election cycle for any donation over a specified level to the county clerk before a specified date preceding that election.Year: 2004•State: Florida•Type: Act or Session Law•Source: Alachua Board of County Commissioners•Policy: Good Government, Democracy, Voting Rights, Election Finance
This ordinance requires committees and candidates to file a campaign finance report within 14 days of having donations or reimbursements in excess of $750. The campaign or committee must continue to file reports before January 31st, and for candidates who will appear on the ballot that year to file 10 days before a primary, 10 days before the general/special election, and 30 days following the general/special election. The ordinance makes it a misdemeanor for any candidate or committee to intentionally fail to file a report.Year: 1997•State: Minnesota•Type: Act or Session Law•Source: Ramsey County Board of Commissioners•Policy: Good Government, Democracy, Election Finance