…It’s Election Day
Mostly small time stuff this year, I know, but that doesn’t mean it’s all unimportant. And if you live and vote in Philadelphia, then listen up.
There is a proposed charter amendment on the ballot today about ethics, and it is arguably more important than any of the people running for office.
Current Pennsylvania law has no limitations on donations to state or local candidates. As a result, Philadelphia has gained notoriety for awarding city contracts to large campaign contributors.
If the amendment passes, the process for awarding contracts would become more transparent, and big political contributors would be barred from receiving big no-bid contracts.
So as far as I’m concerned, this is sort of a no-brainer. Vote yes if you value honest government. Vote no if you like corruption.
I guess I should have mentioned this earlier (I meant to), but I suppose it’s better late than never.
You can get lots more information from The Committee of Seventy.
–A Smoke-Filled Room