Lawmaker calls for state campaign contribution limits

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HARRISBURG -- An Allegheny County Democratic legislator thinks there should be campaign contribution limits for Pennsylvania political races.

"Unlike 45 other states and the federal government, Pennsylvania has no contribution limits,'' said Rep. David Levdansky of Forward. "It's like the Wild West in Pennsylvania. There are no rules when it comes to campaign fund raising. This free-for-all style of raising money has eroded public confidence.''

Under a bill he is proposing, an individual's total contributions during one entire election cycle to a candidate (or campaign committee) for General Assembly, Court of Common Pleas or any county or local office couldn't exceed $500 per election. A person's contributions to someone running for statewide office couldn't exceed $2,400 per election.

Also, a business that got a state contract of $50,000 or more would have to submit an itemized list of all political contributions made by its officers, directors, associates, partners and limited partners. The report would have to list the size of the contract the business got and the service it provided.

The bill would also specifically prohibit the use of campaign donations for personal use and would increase the fine for late-filing of campaign finance reports.


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