(Legal Newsline) — Karl A. Racine, attorney general for the District of
Columbia, announced Jan. 9 that his office has reintroduced legislation targeting
pay-to-play politics in Washington, D.C.
legislation, called “The Campaign Finance Transparency and Accountability
Amendment Act,” seeks to sever connections between
contributions and business with the district, close the loophole that allows
for unlimited donations to PACs in non-election years, and limit a public
official’s use of employees to receive or ask for donations.
“District residents have made it clear they are sick and
tired of the appearance of pay-to-play politics, and I have again introduced
this legislation in an effort to reform our laws while respecting
constitutional limits,” Racine said.
“This proposal adds significant
disclosure requirements and would make our campaign-finance laws among the
strongest and most transparent in the nation. Although this legislation did not
move forward during the last council period, we appreciate that then-Judiciary
Committee chairman Kenyan McDuffie held a hearing, and we believe now is the
time to move forward with these reforms. We look forward to working on this
with the new council in 2017.”