Councillor Maria Augimeri will not have to pay out of her own pocket for breaking the code of conduct.
The integrity commissioner had ruled that Augimeri broke rules when she called her opponent from the 2010 election, Gus Cusimano, a criminal during a media interview.
According to policy, Cusimano is eligible a $5,000 reimbursement from Augimeri's office budget, but the Fords wanted her to pay herself.
"When you say something, you have to stand up and take the responsibility, of not only apologizing but paying whatever it might be," councillor Doug Ford said.
He accused other councillors of drawing a political line by supporting Augimeri.
Councillor Sarah Doucette, meanwhile, suggested that the Fords were doing the same thing, given that they have politically supported the complainant.
Council voted in the majority to have the reimbursement covered by the Council General Expense budget.
Augimeri has already apologized for her comment.