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Bloomberg: ban contributions by city contractors

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg [of New York City] called yesterday for a law to prohibit individuals or companies that do business with the New York City government from making contributions to candidates for city offices.

"It's just too obvious a conflict of interest," the mayor said on his weekly radio show on WABC-AM. "If you do business with the city, you shouldn't be allowed to contribute to any campaign. It doesn't take away your rights; you don't have to do business with the city."

Mayor Bloomberg, who spent $73 million of his own money to finance his election campaign in 2001, has been critical of aspects of the city's campaign finance system, but this was the first time that he called for an outright ban on contributions from individuals or companies because of perceived conflicts of interest. -- Mayor Backs New Limits on Donations to Campaigns (New York Times)