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Maryland: Public Funding for Montgomery County

Your elected officials are debating a bill that would establish public funding for county races - the Executive and County Council. This legislation would advance public funding in your backyard - bolster our efforts to pass public funding at the state level - and be a much-needed bosst for national efforts for reform.

Maryland: Redistricting reform in Maryland!

Maryland draws legislative and congressional district lines behind closed doors, for partisan and political gain. And the result is clearly visible - Maryland has some of the most tortured Congressional districts in the nation. Gerrymandered districts create a situation where all votes are not equal, and they undermine confidence in the democratic process. Voters should choose their elected officials – elected officials should not choose their voters.
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Letters & Testimony

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Big Victory in the Fight Against Big Money

June 6, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

On Monday night, the Howard County (MD) Council voted 4-1 to stand with their constituents and establish the Citizens’ Election Fund.

Maryland Legislature Rescinds Call for Dangerous Constitutional Convention in the Face of Nationwide Special Interests Push

April 5, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today the Maryland legislature voted to protect every Americans’ constitutional rights by rescinding its calls for a dangerous Article V constitutional convention. State lawmakers cited the threat of a “runaway convention,” which could result in major changes to the U.S. Constitution and its protections in a process bankrolled by special interests.

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Press Releases

Momentum Gains in Stopping a Constitutional Crisis

February 8, 2017

The call to rescind Maryland’s application for a dangerous Article V convention is gaining new momentum and support from legislative leaders, grassroots organizations, and constitutional rights and democracy reform groups.

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Research & Reports

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About Us

Common Cause Maryland is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that works in the public interest, and empowering ordinary citizens to make their voices heard. Founded in 1974, Common Cause Maryland is one of the state’s most effective watchdog groups and has been a strong force for reform at the state and local levels.

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Damon Effingham

Policy Manager, Common Cause Maryland, State Staff

As Policy Manager for Common Cause Maryland, Damon is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and campaigning for legislation relating to Maryland open governance initiatives and money-in-politics issues.  

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel

Executive Director, Common Cause Maryland, State Staff

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel is the Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland

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