Marylanders deserve an honest, open, participatory democracy.
We engage in strategic advocacy, research, and outreach to ensure that citizens’ voices are heard. Our goals are to promote government reforms at the state and local levels, hold public officials accountable for their actions, and document cases in which special interests are unduly influencing the policy debate.
Since our founding in 1974, Common Cause Maryland has played a leading role in passing stronger ethics, open meetings, and campaign finance laws at the state and local levels. We were instrumental in passage of the state’s “motor voter” law and have played a leading role in establishing a system of early in-person voting. In 1999, in the wake of several high-profile scandals involving lobbyists in Annapolis, Common Cause Maryland won the fight for one of the toughest lobbying laws in the nation. More recently, we’ve been at the forefront of the fight to curb the power of wealthy interests in our politics by working to advance citizen-funded elections, so that people can run successfully for office on the power of their ideas, rather than the size of their wealthy backers’ bank accounts.
We’re Common Cause Maryland, and together, we’re building a democracy that works for everyone.