Delegates urge Senate to pass campaign finance reform bill

March 08, 2011

In your recent editorial on Maryland and campaign finance reform you state that in addition to the limited liability corporation (LLC) loophole, there are others sorely in need of attention ("A boost for campaign finance reform" Feb. 17). We very much appreciate Gov. Martin O'Malley's support of this bill, just as we appreciate the report done by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on several needed campaign finance reforms.

What distinguishes this major loophole from the others, and what you would not know from reading the attorney general's report, is legislation to eliminate it has passed the House of Delegates six times in the past 10 years. We in the Maryland House have been willing to literally put our money where our mouth is over and over. With the increased focus on campaign finance reform after the over-abundant spending in the 2010 election, this is an opportune time for passage of the bill through the Senate.

So, we welcome your fervor for campaign finance reform in our state, and we implore you not to let that fervor get in the way of the legislature's passing this efficacious bill which, would significantly weaken the ability of big money to out speak our constituents in Annapolis.

Dels. Elizabeth Bobo and Jon Cardin, Annapolis

The writers are Democrats in the Houses of Delegates representing districts in Howard and Baltimore counties.

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