Sun says Maryland needs more transparency

The Baltimore Sun endorses measures to promote transparency in government in this editorial today.

Publish more campaign finance information. No sense of who wields influence in Annapolis (or in virtually any capital) is complete without seeing where politicians get the money that funds their campaigns. That information has been online in Maryland for years. But it’s only moderately helpful in showing where the influence flows. Unlike the federal government, Maryland does not ask campaign donors to list their employer and occupation. That makes it difficult, for example, to figure out who’s getting money from the insurance industry or horse racing lobby or the liquor industry or any of a dozen other well-heeled special interests. Maryland should update its standards to match the federal government.

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