Campaign Finance update: 2021
During the 2019 City Council campaigns I wrote a blog post about the “unprecedented influx of developer-related money” into our local campaigns (https://davidrobinsonblog.com/2019/10/open-letter-to-the-public-unprecedented-in-the-history-of-worthington-an-influx-of-large-amounts-of-developer-related-money/). This issue of money in our local politics received new impetus this week when recently submitted campaign finance reports show a $10,000 campaign contribution this year (from a non-Worthington resident) to City Council candidate Mike Duffey. The basic problem that I see here (which is part of what I focused on in my 2019 post) is that donations of this magnitude “threaten to eclipse the voices of Worthington’s own residents.”
Following the conclusion of the 2019 election, I spoke with Council leadership about enacting campaign finance reforms here in Worthington (which we have the ability to do for local offices), but my ideas were not embraced, and I was unable to move the reforms from concept to reality. But I will try again in 2022, with a new Council, advocating for limits on the size of contributions and—another good idea I believe—expanded reporting requirements. I welcome any further ideas from the public on how we can keep our local politics focused on ideas and policies that are of, by, and for the residents of Worthington.