On January 6th, the City Council's Public Works committee voted 6-2 against the measure. Voting against were Councilors Bob Luttrull, Robert Perkins, David Jones, Jim Ritchey, James Gulley, and Shawn Raper. Mayor Hammons and Councilor David Ragsdale were the only votes in favor; Councilor Jackie Luckey was not present.
From the Muskogee Phoenix:
Hammons campaigned with such an ordinance as one of his main planks in his platform.
The councilors voting against the measure did not hesitate in letting Hammons know how much they disliked his proposal.
“I’m very much opposed to it,” Luttrull said.
“On what grounds?” Hammons asked.
“I think it’s just stupid,” Luttrull answered.
Ritchey said Hammons’ repeated messages calling for openness and transparency in the city government implies those now in office have something to hide.
He asked Hammons who is doing what that he thinks is wrong.
On January 7th, the Muskogee Phoenix, so far not one of Hammons' allies, came out in favor of a campaign finance ordinance, although with modifications from Hammon's proposal.
During the city council's meeting on the 12th, Mayor Hammons brought the measure up again. This time, the vote failed 6-3; Councilman Luckey was present, and voted with Mayor Hammons for the ordinance. Councilman Jones voiced his support of campaign finance disclosure, but opposed Hammons' version.
Since the failure of the ordinance, the Muskogee Phoenix's letter-to-the-editor section has been flooded with support of Mayor Hammons' measure, and disapproval of the council's reaction, councilmembers Luttrull and Ritchey in particular.