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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.

Ethics 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.

Ethics 06.21.2016

Lobbying the Maryland Legislature

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.

Voting & Elections 04.12.2016

Maryland Moves toward Modernization

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 The move towards modernized, online or electronic voter registration systems – and away from outdated paper-based models – will save the state both time and money, making this a win for both voters and administrators alike.

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