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File #: 12608-23    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 3/3/2023 In control: Chief Clerk
On agenda: 3/7/2023 Final action: 5/23/2023
Title: An ordinance of the County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, amending and supplementing the Allegheny County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 220, entitled “Campaign Finance Regulations,” in order to clarify the permissible uses of campaign funds by candidates for County elected office.
Sponsors: Tom Duerr, Bob Macey
Attachments: 1. 11-23-OR 12608-23.pdf
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An ordinance of the County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, amending and supplementing the Allegheny County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 220, entitled “Campaign Finance Regulations,” in order to clarify the permissible uses of campaign funds by candidates for County elected office.

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Whereas, the right of candidates to campaign necessarily entails the need to finance such campaigns; and

Whereas, while the Allegheny County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 220, as amended, contains substantive regulation of campaign finances, in part based upon Federal Election Commission (FEC) campaign finance limitations; and

Whereas, although the FEC also promulgates regulations governing permissible expenditures of campaign funds, the ability of candidates to utilize such campaign funds to pay for certain childcare expenses incurred in the course of seeking office is not clearly established by the FEC; and

Whereas, it is the desire of Council to establish clear rules regarding permissible campaign fund expenditures, including childcare expenditures, for individuals seeking County elected office;


The Council of the County of Allegheny hereby enacts as follows:



SECTION 1. Incorporation of the Preamble
The provisions of the preamble to this Ordinance are hereby incorporated in their entirety by reference herein.
SECTION 2. Amendment of the Allegheny County Code of Ordinances.
The Allegheny County Code of Ordinances is hereby amended and supplemented by the establishment of a new Chapter 220, entitled “Campaign Finance Regulations,” is hereby amended and supplemented through the creation of a new §220.2.1, entitled “Expenditures” and comprised as follows:
Chapter 220
Campaign Finance Regulations


§220.2.1. Expenditures.

A. Candidates for County Elected Office and Candidate Committees for such Candidates may expend campaign funds for any purpose authorized under rules and/or regulations that are in effect and published by the Federal Election Commissi...

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