Small donor matching legislation will be introduced in Prince George’s County Council

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After months of lobbying for campaign finance reform in Prince George’s County, some activists said they have enough support from county council members for a bill to create a small-donor matching program.

The program would create a system similar to the one already in effect in Montgomery County, which matches donations for candidates for county executive and council if their campaigns meet certain requirements, said Jennifer Dwyer, a legislative and policy coordinator at Progressive Maryland, a nonprofit that advocates for social, economic and racial justice. These initiatives encourage candidates to ask potential constituents for donations — with the smallest contributions matched at the highest rate — and exclude candidates from donation matching if they’ve accepted contributions that are too large or are from political action committees or other specified groups.

Prince George’s County District 1 Councilwoman Mary Lehman, who sponsors the proposed bill, will introduce legislation before the county council when it’s in session in January, Dwyer said.

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