Today, the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on SB428 (HB1248, Del. Carr), a bill to establish a pilot program for small donor financing for state elections. The program is designed to encourage candidates to voluntarily reject large and corporate contributions by providing limited matching funds for small donations from their constituents. This serves the dual purpose of reducing corporate and mega donor campaign spending and re-engaging the community in the electoral process.
Maryland PIRG is a strong supporter of these programs and has worked in Montgomery County to establish Maryland's first county level small donor program with the Fair Elections Maryland Coalition. We are now working in Howard County to do the same.
Here is our testimony in support of Senator Paul Pinsky's SB428.