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Media & Democracy 09.25.2018

Democracy Dies in Darkness: Voters Have Right to Know Funders of Online Political Ads

The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and other local newspapers have sued the state of Maryland to avoid complying with the state’s campaign finance disclosure law, a measure that allows Maryland citizens to easily obtain meaningful information about groups and individuals seeking to influence their vote through ads run on their publications’ online platforms. Common Cause Maryland and the Campaign Legal Center filed a brief in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, arguing that the state should enforce its campaign finance disclosure law.

07.31.2018

Baltimore City Mayor Pugh Signs Fair Election Fund Charter Amendment

Mayor Catherine Pugh today signed Council Bill 18-0229, a charter amendment to establish the Fair Elections Fund and Citizen Commission.

Money & Influence 08.9.2017

Running for Baltimore

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.

Money & Influence 01.25.2017

Pay to Play?

Pay to Play? Common Cause Maryland research shows how special interests seek special influence in Annapolis; calls for reforms

Money & Influence 11.9.2016

Howard County Voters Vote for Fair Elections by Passing Ballot Question A

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.

Money & Influence 09.14.2016

Grassroots Coalition Launches Campaign for Yes on Question A in Howard County

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.

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