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2016 Session: Gridlock on Good Government

April 12, 2016; Press Release, Status Update

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; Press Release, Status Update

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 The move towards modernized, online or electronic voter registration systems – and away from outdated paper-based models – will save the state both time and money, making this a win for both voters and administrators alike.

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Press Releases

Step Away from the Convention!

February 18, 2016

Annapolis – The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee today heard SJ5, a Resolution to rescind Maryland’s existing calls for a federal Constitutional Convention. The sponsor and advocates supporting the bill discussed the importance of Maryland acting – and acting now.

Hogan Proposes Bill to Curb Gerrymandering in Maryland

January 27, 2016

Today Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland introduced a bill prohibiting the drawing of legislative districts for political advantage and establishing an independent citizen commission to draw district lines.

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Research & Reports

Common Cause Maryland Report: Payout 2005; A Study of Gambling Contributions in Maryland

February 14, 2005

This Common Cause Maryland Report reads, in part, 'As the Maryland General Assembly debates legalizing slot machines for the third year in a row, new data released by the State Board of Elections shows that businesses, Pacs, and individuals who promote organized gambling in Maryland gave a total of $166,525 to candidates and political committees in the state from 1/13/04 to 1/12/05. Of this total, $118,545 was given by corporations and PACs, and $47,980 by individuals.'

Common Cause Maryland Report: The Power of Money; The Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures of Power Companies and the Automobile Industry, 1999-2004

September 25, 2004

This is a study of campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures by companies opposed to legislation to reduce air pollution in Maryland. Part One tracks $4.2 million in lobbying expenditures and over $440,000 in campaign contributions since 1999 from power companies (and their directors and key employees) opposed to legislation to reduce power plant emissions and to improve energy efficiency in the state. Part Two tracks $1.6 million in lobbying and over $330,000 in contributions over this same period from automobile dealers and manufacturers opposed to legislation to promote Low- Emission Vehicles (LEV?s) in Maryland.

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