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2016 Session: Gridlock on Good Government

April 12, 2016

With the 2016 legislative session nearing its close, advocates expressed their disappointment that more progress was not made on good government reforms in the past 90 days.

Maryland Moves toward Modernization

April 11, 2016

We applaud the General Assembly for passing legislation to improve upon Maryland's voter registration system. With the Freedom to Vote Act, our state expands voter registration opportunities to nearly every state agency. The move towards modernized, online or electronic voter registration systems – and away from outdated paper-based models – will save the state both time and money, making this a win for both voters and administrators alike.

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Research & Reports

Common Cause Maryland Report: The Power of Special Interests Campaign Finance and Electricity Deregulation in Maryland

March 13, 2008

A Common Cause Maryland report on deregulation in the power industry which reads, in part, 'Marylanders are facing the extra burden of a sharp increase in the cost of electricity spurred by legislation passed in 1999 that deregulated and privatized the electric utility industry. Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E), which serves more than half of Maryland's 2.08 million households, received a windfall of $1.15 billion as its customers saw their annual utility rates rise by an average of $743 per household.'

Common Cause Maryland Report: How Money Moves in Maryland Campaigns Through Limited Liability Companies

February 27, 2006

This report out of Common Cause Maryland reads, in part, 'In Maryland, an easy way to concentrate the power of campaign giving is to use the limited liability company/limited liability partnership (LLC/LLP) loophole. This Common Cause Maryland study looks at the ways the LLC/LLP loophole has been used to funnel over $6,000,000 into campaigns during the 2003-2006 election cycle. (See Appendix A for data on the recipients of this largess.)'

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