Here's Toledo mayoral candidate Joe McNamara signing his ethics pledge (Blade story) to accept no contributions from employees who work for him, nor to allow government employees to work on campaigns during the day.
McNamara said “We owe it to the people of Toledo to conduct ourselves honestly both during this campaign and as Mayor. I am hopeful that every candidate will be eager to join me and sign this pledge to show that our ethics are beyond reproach.”
The aim of the pledge, according to McNamara, is to protect city and county government workers from being pressured to give to the campaign of their politician-boss or to attend functions of the boss's campaign.Complying with this ethics pledge should be less of a burden for McNamara, who doesn't have supporters in high positions of city government, as does Mayor Mike Bill.
Nor does he have supporters on the auditor's office payroll who will volunteer their personal time and make campaign contributions as does Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez.
We asked whether he'll refuse to accept donations from unions, who will back the candidate most likely to give them the best deal at contract time. The answer: no.
And we asked whether he'll refuse to accept contributions from anyone who might go to work for him as mayor. He suggested that would not be feasible. What we might have asked is this: If and when you are elected mayor, will you refuse to hire anyone who has donated to your campaign?
Here's the text of the ethics pledge:
- To refuse any and all campaign contributions from government employees over whom I have the power to hire or fire as well as from their spouses and immediate family members.
- If I learn that a government employee (or spouse or immediate family member) over whom I have the power to hire or fire has contributed to my campaign, I will promptly donate that contribution to charity.
- To hire, fire, promote, demote, and set compensation levels based on knowledge, experience, and performance and not previous campaign contributions.
- No Government employees can participate in campaign activities during normal government business hours.
- Strictly ban the use of government property for anything besides official business.