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Wichita Council defers vote, changing campaign finance game

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Key Points:

  • The Wichita City Council voted to defer a vote on campaign finance rules that were changed on January 2.
  • After the new city council was elected, they discussed reversing the ruling that banned corporations and LLCs from making campaign contributions.

The Wichita City Council has chosen to defer a decision on campaign finance rules that were recently changed. On January 2, the council voted to prohibit corporations and LLCs from making campaign contributions in city elections. However, the newly elected city council is considering reversing that decision. At the council’s January 9 meeting, the newest members of the council banded together against the recently passed ordinance and proposed revisiting the campaign finance measure. The motion to revisit the ordinance passed with a slim majority of 4-3.

During the most recent council meeting on Tuesday, the topic was heavily discussed and the council eventually voted 5-2 to defer the amendment to March 5. The amendment will be sent to district advisory boards so that the proposed rule and the reasoning behind the push to change it can be explained to the community.

Prior to January 2, corporations, organizations, and various entities were allowed to contribute up to $500 to local politicians. The new proposed amendment by the city council seeks to return to the previous rules that allowed corporate campaign contributions. However, the amendment also includes provisions for additional transparency, requiring corporations and LLCs to disclose their identities when making donations.

There were many community members present at the meeting who expressed their opinions both for and against changing the campaign finance rules. Some argued that it was important for businesses to be involved in local government and that policy decisions greatly affect them. On the other hand, some expressed concerns about outside influences on local elections and emphasized the importance of financial transparency. Ultimately, the council decided to table a final decision on the amendment and send it to the district advisory boards for further consideration and recommendations.

Overall, the council’s decision to defer the campaign finance vote highlights the ongoing discussions and debates surrounding campaign finance rules in Wichita. The council is seeking input from the community and hopes to make a well-informed decision that best serves the interests of the city.

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