Democracy

Report | U.S. PIRG | Democracy

Small donors driving 2020 presidential race

U.S. PIRG analyzed the campaign finance reports from 2020 candidates. We found that small donations, and the people who provide them, have a significant voice in the presidential race.

In Maryland's Montgomery County, if you wanted to run a campaign for public office funded by small donations from average people, you'd now have a fighting chance against the big-money candidates.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Democracy

MONTGOMERY CO. PUBLIC ELECTION FUND SUCCESSFULLY ENCOURAGES AND EMPOWERS SMALL DONORS

A report released today by Maryland PIRG Foundation finds that the Montgomery County Public Election Fund is working as intended, and is encouraging more small donor participation.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Democracy

Fair Elections in Montgomery County

This report analyzes the fundraising data from the 2018 county elections, the first election in Maryland to use a small donor matching system. Overall, the small donor matching system was largely successful in achieving its stated goals

Testimony: Maryland Small Donor Incentive Act

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Our testimony on HB1017, a bill to establish small donor public financing for general assembly races. It's time to bring this program to the state level.

Testimony: Election Day Registration

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Our testimony on the bill to allow eligible voters to register to vote, update their registration, and vote on Election Day.

2019 Legislative Priorities

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

Maryland's 90 day legislative session starts today. Here are our top priorities.

Democracy Wins on the Maryland Ballot

By | Emily Scarr
Maryland PIRG State Director

On Tuesday, voters approved 3 ballot questions backed by Maryland PIRG, each playing an important roll in strengthening our democracy.

News Release | Democracy

Fair Election Fund Charter Amendment Passes

On Tuesday, Baltimore City voters approved an amendment to the city charter to create the Fair Election Fund and Commission. Proponents of the measure say it will bring balance to our democracy and make city government more representative and accountable to everyday people.

Another Maryland county has taken action to offset the influence of wealthy special interests over our elections.

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