Editorial: Aurora city lawmakers can’t see the wisdom of lobbyist transparency

Aurora Sentinel: Some Aurora city lawmakers missed a keen opportunity to improve trust and confidence in local government and instead drew a cloud of suspicion by turning back a lobbying reporting proposal this week.

City council members Bob Roth, Johnny Watson, Marsha Berzins, Francoise Bergan, Charlie Richardson and Mayor Bob LeGare opposed the proposed reporting ordinance.

The measure would have required lobbyists to report expenditures above $75 to woo a city council member’s position.

Not only is the proposal reasonable and necessary, it was over-accommodating to city lawmakers, businesses and groups that spend money to sway the opinion of city lawmakers.

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