Public Financing Endorsed

This Post editorial endorses an expanded public financing proposal making its way through the Maryland legislature.

The bill could eventually provide up to $100,000 in funding to credible state Senate candidates and up to $80,000 for House of Delegates candidates. To qualify for the funds, candidates would have to first secure 350 donations of $5 or more. In return, candidates would agree not to seek further private dollars. A partially funded system would be in place for the 2014 elections; if successful, the program could then receive full funding from a dedicated source. Candidates wouldn’t be required to take public financing, but in Arizona, Connecticut and Maine, which have comparable systems, most do.

Maryland Senate Bill 663 is here.

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