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Remembering Dwight Cramer

September 16, 2016; Blog Post, Status Update

Dwight Cramer has been a member of our volunteer corps, the Washington Connection, since the early 1980s. Dwight joined Common Cause in 1974 while in Taiwan in the foreign service and starting coming in as a volunteer several years later after retiring.

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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.

Maryland Legislature Considers Landmark Automatic Voter Registration Legislation

February 18, 2016

Today, the Maryland State Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee will hear testimony on automatic voter registration, a reform that would register eligible citizens to vote when they interact with the Motor Vehicle Administration and other state agencies. With almost half a million eligible but unregistered citizens, Maryland could dramatically boost its registration rate while reducing costs and making registration more convenient for government officials and voters alike.

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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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