The Maryland Public Interest Research Group Foundation has published its findings on the first election cycle of Montgomery County’s public financing program. The research shows that candidates for county council and county executive who used the public financing program raised almost all of their money (98 percent) in contributions of $150 or less. Meanwhile, nonparticipating candidates only received 3 percent of their funds raised in contributions of that size. The report provides further evidence of the power of this reform to reorient candidates away from big checks and toward constituents.
Date: September 12, 2019
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