Howard County’s cure for corruption
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 Represent.us, 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.