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.
Pay to Play?
January 25, 2017
Pay to Play? Common Cause Maryland research shows how special interests seek special influence in Annapolis; calls for reforms
Howard County Voters Vote for Fair Elections by Passing Ballot Question A
November 9, 2016
On Tuesday night, Howard County voters approved a charter amendment to bring balance to our democracy and make local government more representative and accountable to everyday people.
Grassroots Coalition Launches Campaign for Yes on Question A in Howard County
September 14, 2016
Ellicott City, MD: A packed crowd gathered last night at Kelsey’s Restaurant in Ellicott City to officially launch “Yes on A! For the Citizens Election Fund.” The campaign is building support for ballot question A, which would establish a Citizens’ Election Fund to create a small donor empowerment program for Howard County elections.
Lobbying the Maryland Legislature
June 21, 2016
Over the last year, the composition of influential industries lobbying in Annapolis has remained virtually unchanged. However, spending on lobbyists continued to climb. According to Common Cause Maryland, the amount industries spent on lobbying jumped by almost $1.5 million this year, reaching a record-setting $19,809,305.
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 The move towards modernized, online or electronic voter registration systems – and away from outdated paper-based models – will save the state both time and money, making this a win for both voters and administrators alike.
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.
2016 Legislative Session Begins –
Chance to ‘Fix Our Politics’ Here in Maryland
January 13, 2016
With the General Assembly open for action, Common Cause Maryland sees an opportunity to answer President Obama’s State of the Union call here in Maryland. Common Cause Maryland is pushing a broad set of reforms aimed at empowering citizens, protecting the constitution, and ensuring that the government is both open and fair – so that the politics of division and inflexibility can be overcome.
Response from League of Women Voters Maryland and Common Cause Maryland on Governor Hogan’s Commission to Study Redistricting Reform
August 6, 2015
Today Governor Hogan announced the appointment of a study commission to look at options for redistricting reform in Maryland.
Momentum Building for Redistricting Reform in Maryland
July 16, 2015
ANNAPOLIS – With momentum building both nationally and in Maryland, the Tame the
Lobbying the Maryland Legislature
July 6, 2015
The industries spending most heavily to influence decision-makers in Annapolis haven’t changed much in the last three years. But the amount they are spending jumped by almost $2 million this year, according to research by Common Cause Maryland.
Key MoCo Committee Funds Groundbreaking Fair Elections Program
April 16, 2015
The Montgomery County Council held public hearings this week on the proposed FY16 budget. Concerned citizens testified at each hearing, calling on the County Council to put $2 million into the budget to fund fair elections (Public Election Fund).
2015 Session: Big Wins for Good Government
April 13, 2015
In a highly contentious session, the bipartisan nature of good government shone through as a suite of important good government bills were passed into law in the final hours.
Open Government Advocates Applaud Senate Committee Action on Public Information Act Reform
March 20, 2015
(Annapolis, MD) - Good government organizations, newspaper editors, public health groups, environmental organizations, consumer advocates, social justice organizations and other advocates applauded the actions of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee today.
Common Cause Maryland Response to the State of the State
February 4, 2015
Gov. Hogan’s decision to make campaign finance and elections a priority in his first State of the State speech gets his administration off to an encouraging start, Common Cause Maryland said today.