hen Prince George’s County Council member Mary Lehman (District 1) first ran for an open seat on the council in 2010, she didn’t know the first thing about funding a campaign.
She figured she could reach out to family members and friends for the money she needed to run.
“I really didn’t think beyond that what my strategy would be,” she said.
She was told she’d probably need $45,000-$50,000 for the election, a figure that seemed “daunting” to her.
Because she didn’t want to feel beholden to big contributors, she wound up spending about $20,000 of her own money to get elected. But she understands that’s not an option for a lot of people.
So, she’s introducing legislation this week to establish a “Fair Election Fund” that would enable political candidates to get matching funds from the county if they meet certain criteria with their fund-raising.
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