Baltimore County Council passes Fair Election Fund

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Gina Goldenberg
Creative Associate

Author: Gina Goldenberg

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2021
B.A., magna cum laude and Sigma Theta Delta, Wake Forest University

Gina writes, edits and designs materials for the PIRG state groups. Gina lives in Boston where she enjoys reading, running and spending time with friends.

It's official. Big money just lost some of its power over Baltimore County's elections.

On Dec. 21, the Baltimore County Council voted 6-1 in approval of a Fair Election Fund, which allows political candidates to use a small donor program to finance their campaign. The program that was passed included amendments to the original proposal — candidates cannot spend more than $1.4 million per election (or $2.8 million per cycle) and the County Council is capped at spending $150,000 per election.

“In 2026, thanks to the new Baltimore County Fair Election Fund, candidates will be able to run for office without accepting any large or corporate contributions and instead rely on support from small donors in Baltimore County," said Emily Scarr, state director of Maryland PIRG.

"We expect this new program will expand opportunities to run for office, lower average contributions, and increase participation in local government."

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Photo: This program be better for candidates, for the community and for the local democracy. Credit: Dwight Burdette, CC BY-3.0

Gina Goldenberg
Creative Associate

Author: Gina Goldenberg

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2021
B.A., magna cum laude and Sigma Theta Delta, Wake Forest University

Gina writes, edits and designs materials for the PIRG state groups. Gina lives in Boston where she enjoys reading, running and spending time with friends.