OpEd: Baltimore Fair Elections Fund gives political power back to the people

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OpEd in the Baltimore Sun from Emily Scarr and Jay Hutchins:

With a mailbox full of attack ads and too many candidates who are funded by big-donors, corporations and out-of-staters, it’s easy to feel that government doesn’t work for us. But, there is a reason to be optimistic about the future of Baltimore’s democracy.

Last week, the Baltimore City Council cast a preliminary vote to put the Baltimore Fair Elections Fund and commission on November’s ballot. This unanimous vote struck a blow to politics as usual and is step No. 1 toward fixing our broken democracy.

The Baltimore Fair Elections Fund would provide matching funds for small donations to qualifying candidates who reject all large and corporate contributions. This would enable candidates to run competitive campaigns based on support from their communities and reduce the outsized influence of large and corporate donors.

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