ATLANTA -- Citing the need to sever any perceived link between campaign contributions and the selection of bond syndicates, the chairwoman of Orange County, Fla., yesterday called for a rule banning negotiated bond sales in the county except in limited circumstances.

"My recommendation is partly in response to all the national scrutiny directed right now at the municipal market. and partly in response to our own experience here." Linda Chapin, the county's chairwoman, said in an interview. "But at bottom, the idea is that we must clear up any misperception that political campaign contributions direct our decisions about bond deals."

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