The Oct. 29 editorial “Ending pay-to-play in D.C.” was half right when it said, “Only by restricting campaign contributions from government contractors would the council send a message that its days of pay-to-play are really over.” In fact, the council and mayor will have plainly forsaken both fairness and good public policy if they ban campaign contributions from private-sector companies doing business with the city without banning those from public-sector labor unions, too. The influence of unions on city government and the burden they impose on taxpayers are at least as onerous, if not far more so, than those of developers and other business entities.    

Darren McKinney,Washington