"You have these people who are wanting to do business with the government,
and they’re paying for their election.
And then they get elected and they put a proposal
in front of the people that they paid to get elected.
And then the people who got elected
vote for the thing that the person wants to have passed.
It’s a conflict of interest….
Why aren’t we looking at not letting the people who are contributing to elections
not being able to do business with the city for X amount of time
before and after they give the money?
Doesn’t that seem simple?
It’s basic ethics.”
George Hartzman, 2009