Campaign Finance

Now would be a really great time to re-invigorate the state's campaign finance law. Don't bet on it. 

Why Mike Miller Is Helping Jim Brochin's Campaign

Oct 31, 2014
Christopher Connelly / WYPR

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.

2013-09-28 GSS Dems 178 Andrews taken by mdfriendofhillary via flickr

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.

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

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.

The Democratic Governors Association will buy $750,000 worth of television ads in Maryland's gubernatorial contest, despite what many assume will be an easy win for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the party's nominee.

The Supreme Court recently struck down a ban that limited the aggregate amount of money that one donor could give to all political candidates. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about how the change affects the state's system for tracking campaign contributions.

This week brought a first look into how the money race is shaping up between gubernatorial candidates Larry Hogan (R) and Anthony Brown (D). WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about why Hogan's current lead in cash-on-hand is likely to be short-lived.

Justices' Lack Of Campaign Experience Shows

Apr 17, 2014
Tom Chalkley

A student of the law and a member of the House of Delegates for more than 30 years says the Supreme Court has once again brushed aside the judgment of state legislators.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Todd Eberly of St. Mary's College talk about the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down aggregate campaign donation limits and how that might affect states like Maryland where one party is consistently dominant.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Mark Reutter of the Baltimore Brew talk about campaign contributions from Harbor Point stakeholders to Baltimore's mayor and members of the city council.