Open government advocates notch legislative wins but want more
Law Enforcement Lobby Blocking Family Access to Info About Deceased Suspects
Court Guts Open Meetings Act
Shea Wants More Contribution Limits, Disclosures
Those Affected Say Shea’s Proposals Would
Further Undermine Candidates’ Campaigns
by Ken Martin
© The Austin Bulldog
Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 8:22pm
Former City Council member and current mayoral candidate Brigid Shea says she wants more limits on—and more disclosure of—contributions made to City Council incumbents and challengers.
At a press conference at City Hall this morning she announced proposals that are far tougher than reforms the Charter Revision Committee has recommended for the City Council to put on the November ballot, including restrictions on bundled campaign contributions.
Bundlers are individuals who solicit and obtain contributions of $200 or more from five or more individuals. The reporting of bundlers’ names in contribution reports is already required by City Code Section 2-2-22.
A chart thatserved as a backdrop for the press conference was titled “Bundling Influence at City Hall.” The chart displayed the names of 13 individuals who bundleda total of $103,900 incontributions detailed in the incumbents’ January 2012 campaign finance reports. Not all of the bundlers listed are currently registered city lobbyists.
Leffingwell Draws a Big Crowd
Free Beer, Free Eats, and Free Music
Makes a Speech Go Down Real Easy
by Rebecca LaFlure
© The Austin Bulldog 2012
Posted Monday, February 27, 2012, 6:56pm
At a campaign event Saturday, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell touted what he considers several of his greatest accomplishments over the past two and a half years: helping create jobs amid a shaky economy, building collaborative agreements with Austin ISD, and garnering support for a $90 million transportation bond voters approved in November 2010.
But there’s still work to be done, Leffingwell said, and he hopes Austin residents will elect him to a second mayoral term May 12.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress over the last two and a half years on a lot of different things, but the job is not finished,” Leffingwell said. “My goal has always been and remains today to leave Austin a better place than we found it.”