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Chamber Says Political Disclosure Ordinance Distracts from Real Challenges Facing the City

MADISON – In response to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s proposed political disclosure ordinance, Zach Brandon, president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce said:

“The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce believes in, and demonstrates, transparency of political contributions and supports a fair and equitable awarding of procurement contracts. The Chamber does not support this proposed ordinance given the lack of historical concerns in this area, the barriers it would impose to entrepreneurs attempting to do business with the city, the potential to chill political engagement and the wrong message it sends that politics are important in the Madison procurement process.”

About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with nearly 1,400 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 6,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, Madison businesses vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at www.greatermadisonchamber.com.

Contact: Jo-ell Carson, Communications Director, at 608-443-1952 or 608-213-1799

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