In an effort to maintain their strong Democratic majorities, General Assembly leaders are using campaign "slate" funds to help the lawmakers that are vulnerable in this year's election. WYPR's Karen Hosler and Fraser Smith explain how it works.
Political Donors Spend Big In Loophole's Last Days
The big, non-descript glass and brown-brick building at 2560 Lord Baltimore Drive in Woodlawn is home to St. John Properties, one of the biggest commercial real estate firms in the region. It’s also home to a huge chunk of money that’s been spread across dozens of campaigns in Maryland. The address shows up in campaign finance reports for hundreds of donations totaling more than $785,000 since 2011.
MoCo First Maryland County To Pass Public Campaign Finance
Last week the Montgomery County Council passed a law that establishes partial public financing of county elections. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bill Turque of the Washington Post talk about the impetus behind the law and what effects it might have on citizen participation in local elections.