Howard County’s cure for cor­rup­tion

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Matt Lin­dauer

The 2016 elec­tion has been dom­i­nated by talk of cor­rup­tion and big-money donors, and no won­der. This is one of the most ex­pen­sive elec­tions in Amer­i­can his­tory, and the vast ma­jor­ity of the money is com­ing from spe­cial in­ter­ests who al­most cer­tainly want some­thing in re­turn for their do­na­tions. That is a shame. Poli­cies should be shaped by the best ideas and the smartest re­search, not by the big­gest donors.

As a mem­ber of Rep­re­, the na­tion’s largest grass-roots anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign and a Mary­land res­i­dent, I sup­port a yes vote on Ques­tion A for the Howard County Cit­i­zens’ Elec­tion Fund (“Yes on Howard’s Ques­tion A,” Oct. 26). Ques­tion A cre­ates a small-donor em­pow­er­ment pro­gram that el­e­vates the voices of ev­ery­day peo­ple. It matches your small po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions so they go fur­ther. It ex­pands op­por­tu­ni­ties for new peo­ple to run for of­fice. And it keeps big money out, since par­tic­i­pat­ing can­di­dates can­not ac­cept large con­tri­bu­tions.

If you want to see less cor­rup­tion and big money in our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, then I hope you’ll join res­i­dents of Howard County in vot­ing yes on Ques­tion A. Let’s make sure ev­ery­one’s voice is heard in Howard County gov­ern­ment.

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