PHILADELPHIA, April 25, 2019 – Amid a busy and historic election season here in Philadelphia, City Council passed a bill today, introduced earlier this year by Councilmember Derek S. Green (At-Large), which aims to provide more transparency and simplicity to the campaign finance process.
The ordinance, Bill No. 190083-A, fills in gaps in the existing requirements related to dark money disclosure and pass through political contributions, ensuring the public is aware of all sources of spending on city elections. It also reorganizes provisions related to post-candidacy contributions, transition/inauguration committees, and litigation fund committees, in addition to other technical fixes. The primary result of passage of the ordinance will be a more easily understood and fairly enforced set of requirements for all participants in local elections, and full information for residents.
“This bill is meant to set clear rules and consistent standards for anyone seeking elected office, as well as taking a step to restore the long-eroded trust and faith of our citizens in our city government,” said Councilmember Green. “I believe we are on the right track to achieving that. I thank my Council colleagues for their support on this legislation.”
The complete legislation can be viewed here.