Judge rules against Fort Wayne “Pay to Play” law

"Courtroom Gavel" by Joe Gratz, public domain

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The City of Fort Wayne has lost a court fight over its so-called “Pay to Play” ordinance.

The City Council passed the law in 2018. It blocks any company that makes a donation of more than $2,000 to a City official’s political campaign from bidding on city contracts.

Kyle and Kimberly Witwer of Witwer Construction sued, and the Journal Gazette reports an Allen Superior Court judge ruled in their favor, blocking the city from enforcing the law. The judge argued that the ordinance violates the state’s Home Rule Act.

Mayor Tom Henry had vetoed the resolution, saying it would lead to a legal fight, but he was overruled by follow-up Council votes.


  1. Seems like the Judge should have ruled exactly opposite from the way the Judge did based on the Home Rule Act: ” The policy of the state is to grant units all the powers that
    they need for the effective operation of government as to local affairs.” …Better check that Judge’s bank account…he was probably Paid to Play


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