The City Council voted 4 to 0 this week to limit campaign contributions to no more than $249 from a single source.
The ordinance also will prohibit the city seal from being used on campaign literature and will require that candidates file an affidavit stating that any claimed or implied endorsement was made with the person's written consent.
A violation of the ordinance by either a candidate or contributor would be a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,000, six months in jail or both. Falsifying an affidavit would be perjury--a felony--which is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years.
The ordinance will apply the same restrictions to campaign contributions that state law applies to gifts. Under state law, it would be a conflict of interest for a public official to vote on any issue involving a donor of a gift valued at $250 or more.