dsc01423This morning at 10am, Pittsburgh City Council will make a historic vote that will forever change our system of campaign finance, and the way that contracts are awarded in the City of Pittsburgh.

These 5 bills are the largest reform initiative taken since the adoption of the Home Rule Charter in Pittsburgh.  These reform bills will:

  1. Cap contributions by individuals at $2,000 for Mayoral and City Controller Races, and $1,000 for City Council races
  2. Mandate the creation of an online, searchable database of all campaign contributions and city contracts
  3. Ban all no-bid contracts over $30,000
  4. Create the Lobbyist Disclosure Act, which would require all lobbyists to register annually with the city
  5. Create the Lobbyist Registration Act, which would require all contract bidders to disclose any payments to lobbyists and consultants
  6. Strengthen the city’s ethics code to greatly limit gifts to government officials

Thank you to everyone that spoke out for reform and lobbied City Council – we could not have done this without you.