Council Member Peter Vallone Jr., a Democrat of Queens, said he is proposing to amend the campaign finance rules so that political candidates would no longer be required to ask contributors to disclose their relationship with the city when making a donation.
Vallone Seeks Rollback on Campaign Rules
Under the rules, which began going into effect in February, donors who have business before the city are restricted to making political contributions that are only a fraction of what most citizens can contribute.
Mr. Vallone said he had been misled about a key provision of the rules, which requires candidates running for city offices to ask donors to sign legal paperwork at fund-raising events clarifying their business dealings with the city. He said the rule has a chilling effect on potential donors.
"The more we learn about this bill that we passed, the more we don't like it," he said. "To ask a donor to swear one way or the other over a hot dog is an outrageous requirement to place on a campaign committee."
Opponents of the legislation say it favors candidates who collect contributions from unions, which are exempt from the rules, and punish those who are supported by businesses and developers.
Can't live without that developer money, right Pete?