Mike Krajovic’s first attempt to gain support for “The Democracy Resolution,” a document he prepared that calls for a Constitutional amendment to regulate political campaign donations was rejected by Uniontown City Council on Wednesday.

Krajovic, president and chief executive officer of Fay-Penn Economic Council, said he prepared the resolution in an individual initiative aimed at eliminating protections that allow special interest groups and corporations to gain excessive influence with lawmakers by donating to candidates and running political advertising without disclosing their financial support.

He said the purpose of the government is to protect common interests, but those who make large campaign contributions buy government support for their interests. He called it a threat to democracy.

“This is a problem with our democracy that needs to be addressed,” Krajovic said. The resolution can be read at upliftingamerica.org, a website he developed.

Council voted 4-1 against the resolution. Councilman Gary Gearing cast the only affirmative vote.

Mayor Ed Fike said the resolution would discourage entrepreneurship and punish successful people who want to get ahead.

Councilman Philip Michael said he didn’t disagree with Krajovic, but council would have to determine whether the public supports the resolution. He made a motion to table the resolution for 60 days, but didn’t receive a second and the motion failed.

Councilman Blair Jones Sr. said he fought for the Constitution in World War II and will not oppose it.

“I will not go against this Constitution I fought for,” Jones said.

Gearing said he believed the resolution supports the true meaning of the Constitution.

In unrelated business, council agreed to sign a three-year agreement with the Miracle League to renovate the smaller ball field at Bailey Park so kids with disabilities can play there.

Councilman Francis “Joby” Palumbo said work has already started and the project includes installing artificial turf. He said the field would be only the second in the state that the Miracle League renovated for use by kids with special needs.

The field could still be used for T-ball and other ball games, council members said.

The park was named after George Bailey, the city’s first mayor, and is part of the city’s identity, Fike said.

In other business, council:

n Adopted an ordinance vacating an unnamed alley between Maple Street and Gallatin Avenue for construction of new homes on Maple Street.

n Adopted an ordinance mandating garbage collection.

n Accepted new flags for the George C. Marshall Memorial Plaza donated by the Chestnut Ridge Rotary Club and noted that American Legion Post 51 donated $1,500 for buying flags for the plaza.

n Scheduled the next meeting for July 11 at 4:30 p.m. due to Independence Day.

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sarah benson

Councilmembers of Uniontown, I'm confused why you wouldn't want to adopt this resolution. It's more American than apple pie and baseball! It's about the voices of Americans counting more than the dollars spent by corporations who manipulate and control our government. The writers/signers of the constitution would be appalled by the power corporations have. It's a shame this resolution even has to be proposed 225 years later! Mr. Jones, thank you for your military service in WWII. If you fought today, would you want to stand for the corporate power in government or for the voice of U.S. citizens in government?

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