Longmont wants to put the kibosh on hefty campaign contributions by local organizations and special interests. The city council is exploring new limits that would cap individual campaign donations to $200 and those by organizations to $500. This would not effect campaign contributions for citywide ballot questions even though it appears one in particular served as motivation. In support of 2A, a measure that passed and allows the city’s cops and firefighters to unionize, the Longmont Fraternal Order of Police ($11,935) and the Longmont Professional Firefighters’ Association ($2,050) contributed hefty sums seemingly swaying the vote in their favor. There were a few other groups willing to pony that kind of cash for this fight.
What’s Next: Peace of mind will come knowing powerful groups won’t be able to pour thousands into the campaign coffers for city candidates.