On November 17th, Progressive Maryland and the Fair Elections Maryland Coalition hosted a panel discussion and movie screening for the documentary Pay2Play, in Silver Spring. Thank you to our panelists Delegate Eric Luedtke, Delegate Heather Mizeur, Congressman John Sarbanes, and Councilman Phil Andrews for your participation and work on this important issue.
On November 18th, 2014 Progressive Maryland hosted a Call to Action event in Prince George’s County to rally behind our legislative priorities and welcome aboard our new Deputy Director Larry Stafford, Jr. The event drew over a hundred residents from Prince George’s County and throughout Maryland!
We’re happy to welcome our new Deputy Director aboard and we look forward to his work expanding the scope of Progressive Maryland throughout the state.
On September 30th, the Montgomery County Council passed groundbreaking fair elections legislation that will help cut ties between political candidates and wealthy special interests and get big money out of campaigns. By unanimous vote, the Council approved Bill 16-14, which will allow candidates for County Council or Executive to raise low-dollar donations to qualify for matching public funds, with smaller donations receiving a higher match. In exchange, candidates agree to turn down all large donations, including those from special interests.
Montgomery County is the most populated jurisdiction in the state, home to one million people. Its total budget is nearly the same size as Los Angeles. Because of the County’s influence in Maryland and proximity to Washington, D.C., the passage of public financing here will reverberate across the state and the country!
Progressive Maryland worked vigorously to pass this measure. Over the past year, we knocked on thousands of doors in Montgomery County to increase support for this law; worked with our partners at Common Cause Maryland to host educational events and create and expand the Fair Elections Maryland coalition; personally lobbied lawmakers; educated media professionals about the bill; and worked with bill sponsors, Council staff, and policy experts from across the country to strengthen the measure and make this a model program for Maryland.
Victory is sweet, and would not have been possible without the committed community members who rallied behind this bill and all nine members of the Council who voted in support of fair elections. Onward!
The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to take action on Bill 16-14, which creates a publicly funded system of elections for County Council and County Executive candidates. Join us on Tuesday, 9/30, at 10:30 am in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room of the County Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. Help us pack the room with supporters of Fair Elections! RSVP to let us know you will be there