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Campaign finance reform discussed

Debate over proposed charter amendment takes place on campus

10/28/02

The proposed charter amendment within the City of Cincinnati regarding campaign finance reform is being debated on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium. The proposed amendment is Issue 8 on the city’s ballot for the Nov. 5 election. In 2001, a coalition of citizen-based organizations sponsored a charter amendment on campaign finance reform that put into place limitations on campaign spending and campaign contributions. However, this year a different group of citizens is petitioning that this amendment be repealed. Representatives from both groups will be at the debate. According to the League of Women Voters, supporters of Issue 8 claim that people voting for the amendment last year didn't realize that they were also voting for public financing of political campaigns. They claim that public financing will negatively impact more important budget items. Citizens against Issue 8 says public funding allows limits to be set on campaign spending and that this is necessary in order to keep big money out of politics and put the citizens of Cincinnati back in control of the election. Kelley Auditorium is located in Alter Hall. For more information about the event, call 513 745-3320.