Admitting he's only one person, he asserted that "I'm still one person" and intends to advocate for campaign finance reform beyond Lehigh County. In addition to making a presentation at Lehigh county's Board on Wednesday, he will also bring his proposal to Allentown's City Council at their next meeting and even intends to ask the NIZ Board to implement it. "I'm going to push it," he insisted. "I'm going to push it real hard."
Mazziotti explained that the "hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who do nothing."
Will Northampton County take up this matter, too? I've spoken to some Council members, who seem interested in Mazziotti's proposal, or at least some form of it.
I asked NorCo Council to consider pay-to-play reforms in the early 2000s. It was supported by Ron Angle, Joe Brennan, and believe it or not, Wayne Grube. But it never went anywhere because Council was concerned that state campaign finance laws might trump a local government's ability to regulate campaign finance.
That question was answered after Philadelphia adopted its own campaign finance laws, and the state supreme court sustained it against a complaint filed by unions and luminaries like Chaka Fattah.
So there is nothing holding anyone back now, except for the lure of money.