Individual contributions to political candidates would be capped at $4,600 under a plan from county Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
Group donations from political action committees could be no more than $10,000 every election cycle under the proposal. (P-G, Tim Puko)
Those numbers are rather high; reform passed by City Council in the spring would have set both limits at half of these values. The Comet fears that $10,000 checks can still be disproportionately persuasive when it comes to officeholder's consciences, to say nothing of bundles of $4,600 checks.
After all, the set capable of playing at the $4,600 / $10,000 level has to be far more exclusive than the $2,500 / $5,000 set.
The exact text of the legislation will not be available until Thursday, Onorato said.
This sounds like a rushed and reactive response to some adverse headlines. Still, it's progress. I do like very much how it's a joint City / County initiative. Maybe it can be tightened up in the various committees?