The Baltimore Sun supports public funding of Maryland campaigns in this editorial.
Contribution limits are helpful but not enough.The best alternative is public campaign financing. Such a system – modeled after programs in Maine, Connecticut and Arizona – has in the past won support in the House but has never made it out of the Senate. It’s too late for the current election cycle, but this is precisely the right time to move forward with election reform in 2014. The program would cost an estimated $30 million (about $2 per resident per year) and would simply guarantee that credible candidates – those who have demonstrated support from a sufficient number of small donors in their districts – would be eligible for public financing on a voluntary basis.