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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Statement: Good governance advocates applaud introduction of Baltimore County Fair Elections bill

Today, Baltimore County Council President Julian Jones introduced legislation on behalf of County Executive John “Johnny O” Olszewski to create a Fair Election Fund, which allows candidates for County Executive and County Council to run using a small donor public campaign financing option.

Baltimore County Moves One Step Closer to Fair Elections

By | Rishi Shah
Advocate, Maryland PIRG

The Baltimore County Fair Election Fund Work Group recently released its recommendations for the Baltimore Fair Election Fund, a small donor public campaign financing program. 

News Release | Democracy

Big Money Plays Big Role in Baltimore City Elections

Large political contributions played an outsized role in Baltimore City’s 2020 mayoral elections, according to a new report released today by the Maryland PIRG Foundation.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Democracy

Big Money in Baltimore's 2020 Elections

Big money - the large donations that come from corporations, PACs, and wealthy individuals - dominate current Baltimore politics. Due to the high cost of campaigning, people who want to run for office need to raise as much money as possible, as quickly as possible. As a result, the people and corporations that can write big checks are in the driver’s seat.

News Release | Maryland PIRG and Common Cause Maryland | Democracy

Maryland’s 2022 Gubernatorial Race to feature Fair Campaign Financing Program

Next year’s race for Governor will feature at least one ticket choosing to use the Fair Campaign Financing program, which provides matching contributions for small-dollar political donations. Candidates have until February 22 to opt-in to the program and qualify for funding in the primary election. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Maryland Grassroots Groups Urge State Board of Elections to Authorize More Federal Agencies to Register Voters

Everyone Votes Maryland and Demos today released a letter to state officials urging that the State Board of Elections authorize additional federal agencies to register voters. 

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