Groups call on Mayor Pugh to support public financing of Baltimore elections

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More than 30 groups sent letters Friday asking Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to support a City Council bill that would provide public financing for local campaigns.

The council on Monday is set to pass an amendment to the City Charter to establish the “Fair Elections Fund” and a commission to govern it. If approved, the bill would be sent to Pugh. With her support, it would be put to the voters in November.

Jews United for Justice, the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City, Maryland PIRG, Maryland Working Families and more than two dozen other groups called on Pugh to help set up a small-donor campaign finance system.

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