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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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Common Cause Files & Coordinates Bipartisan Amici in Landmark Supreme Court Challenge to Maryland Democrats’ Partisan Gerrymander

January 29, 2018

Today, Common Cause joined an ideologically diverse group of governors, members of Congress, local government leaders, and others in filing amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to put an end to partisan gerrymandering. On March 28, the Court will hear arguments in Benisek v. Lamone, a First Amendment challenge to Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District, which Democrats drew after the 2010 census in a successful attempt to defeat a longtime Republican incumbent. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, it could result in a nationwide prohibition against the manipulation of legislative boundaries for political advantage.

Running for Baltimore

August 10, 2017

Baltimore – The cost to run for office in Baltimore City rose over 20% between the last two elections, according to research released today by Common Cause Maryland. This spike was true of both the Mayoral race, where winner Catherine Pugh raised nearly $280,000, and Council races, where the average candidate raised over $185,000.

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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

Legal and Policy Director, Common Cause Maryland, State Staff

Damon Effingham is the Legal and Policy Director at Common Cause Maryland.

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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