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Attorney General: Campaign contribution ordinance may be violation

December 19, 2018

Fort Wayne’s fledgling campaign contribution ordinance likely violates state law, an advisory opinion filed by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office states. 

The advisory opinion dated Sept. 24, which is not legally binding, says the city of Fort Wayne “lacks the authority to regulate campaign contributions in local races, whether directly or indirectly, by the means deployed in these ordinances.” 

Specifically, the opinion, which is signed by Attorney General Curtis Hill, states that the ordinance approved in December 2017 is prohibited under the state’s Home Rule Act and violates state statutes that govern local public contracting. 

“In addition to statutory violations, the ordinance likely violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution by imposing unconstitutional speech restrictions on those who desire to seek contracts with government,” the opinion states. 

dgong@jg.net

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