Snowden Proposes Limit Of $200 On Campaign Gifts

April 08, 1991|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

Candidates for Annapolis public office could accept no more than $200 from individual campaign contributors under a bill proposed by Alderman Carl O. Snowden.

At a meeting tonight, the City Council will refer the bill to its rules committee for review. Snowden, D-Ward 5, chairs the panel.

The bill comes on the heels of an audit of campaign finance reports from the 1989 municipal elections. The auditors, Linton, Shafer & Co. of Silver Spring, recommended limiting contributions because somecandidates received $2,000 to $5,000 from individual contributors --political action committees, businesses and individuals.

Snowden's bill would limit contributions for the entire election cycle, including primaries and the general election.

"It would really cut backon what PAC groups could contribute, and it would force people to solicit contributions from more groups and businesses and encourage more people to participate in the process," Snowden said.

Last year, the rules committee put several campaign reform bills on hold until the audit was completed. Among the bills is a $500 limit on contributions proposed two years ago by Alderman John R. Hammond, R-Ward 1.

"I would hope our rules committee would get off its you-know-what and move on it," Hammond said. "It is ironic that Mr. Snowden would propose this. He was not in support of the bill when I first proposed it. It seems he's a Johnny-come-lately on this issue. But I'll welcome all the support I can get."

Snowden called Hammond's comments "typical John Hammond rhetoric -- a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

The council also is slated to:

* Vote on a bill that woulddouble the number of children day care operators in Annapolis are allowed to supervise. Proponents of the bill say it would encourage unregistered day care providers to register with the state.

Registered day care providers may supervise up to four children under city law. The bill, submitted by Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, would increase the total to eight, matching county and state law.

* Refer a bill to the rules committee that would give department heads more job protection.

The bill was proposed by Alderman Ellen O. Moyer, D-Ward 8. Most department heads can be dismissed by the mayor without cause; under Moyer's bill, department heads could be removed only for official misconduct, conviction of a crime or poor performance.

Tonight's meeting will begin at 7:30 in City Hall.

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