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Focus turns to campaign finance

By Times staff writer
Published March 9, 2007


TAMPA - Tampa City Council member John Dingfelder, fresh off a bitter but successful run for re-election, on Thursday asked city attorneys to look at the city's options for regulating campaign finances.

Dingfelder said he would like to lower $500 the maximum amount individuals and businesses can contribute to individual candidates. Dingfelder also wants to limit donations to independent expenditure organizations, which sometimes surreptitiously campaign on behalf of candidates.

There's too much money involved in local elections, Dingfelder said.

"It distracts people from the important issues we really should be focusing on in city elections," he said.

The council asked city attorneys to report back in three months.

[Last modified March 9, 2007, 06:18:54]

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