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By JONATHAN SCHELL | June 23, 1991
Have politics in the United States evaporated? Has what political commentator Sidney Blumenthal called "the permanent campaign" given way to no campaign at all? Have we Americans, in our disgust with politics (a disgust that must include self-disgust, since it is no one but ourselves who vote the politicians into office) decided that politics has nothing to offer us?I do not believe in a Zeitgeist -- a hidden hand that, acting behind the backs of human beings, concerts their actions toward a predestined end -- yet several developments in apparently unrelated areas have seemed recently to create -- or at least to bring to light -- a striking national lull in electoral matters.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein got to work on his re-election campaign in a low-key way Saturday, knocking on the doors of likely voters in Northwest Baltimore and asking for their support. It was one of the first campaign activities Bernstein has organized this year, and while he confirmed last summer that he intended to run again, he has been reluctant to talk about the political side of his job. On each doorstep he made no big promises about the future but pointed to his record in office.
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By PAUL WEST and PAUL WEST,WASHINGTON BUREAU | March 25, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom. Influence buying by China. Coffees at the White House. Fund raising at a Buddhist temple.They are a few of the more sensational allegations that have made the aftermath of the 1996 presidential election much livelier than the campaign itself.At the center of the controversies are the rules governing election campaigns. The law hasn't changed since the 1970s -- while everything else having to do with campaigns has, helping political parties to nearly double their take in 1996 from 1992.
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By Jules Witcover | May 22, 2012
Maybe what this country needs on the Supreme Court is a real politician or at least a sensible political scientist or two. Perhaps they would help the court's majority understand how it has allowed unlimited big-donor money to contaminate and almost destroy our politics. The infamous Citizens United decision -- which permits corporations and individuals to flood election campaigns with torrents of cash through super PACs as long as they are independent of candidates' formal organizations -- has invited some of the worst abuses of negative campaigning.
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March 5, 2012
In response to Lyle Rescott's letter about President Obama's goal of raising $1 billion for his re-election campaign and her joke that he wouldn't do it by asking everyone to give $3 each ("'Democrats' fundraising practices are rotten, too. " Feb. 29): There is already a box on the federal income tax form that allows the preparer to check off a $3 donation that goes to finance publicly funded election campaigns. It happened to me and my husband and also to my son, who was not even old enough to vote at the time.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 16, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, usually more an arbiter of law than of politics, turned its attention yesterday to whether political parties' spending has a bad -- or good -- influence on election campaigns.With a lawyer for the federal government arguing that money tends to corrupt politics, the justices probed the possibility that campaign spending by parties may be part of the problem -- especially in sponsoring negative advertising.At issue, in a case from Colorado, is the constitutionality of a federal law that limits how much money a political party can spend on political messages during congressional election campaigns.
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July 7, 1991
From: John LeopoldFormer memberMaryland General AssemblyFifteen years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a tragically misguided decision that has given protection to the polluting effect of money in election campaigns. The court ruled that federal statutory ceilings on campaigns violated the First Amendment's guarantee of free expression. It was a victory for concentrated wealth and the drowning of the voices of individual citizens in election campaigns.The Supreme Court ruling made it clear that a state legislature cannot place statutory limits on campaign spending unless those limits are tied to public financing of state election campaigns.
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By Laura Silber and Laura Silber,Special to The Sun | November 11, 1990
SKOPJE, Yugoslavia -- Waving scarlet flags embossed with the yellow lion of Macedonia and banners reading, "Macedonia for the Macedonians," thousands of supporters cheered nationalist leader Ljupco Georgievski at an election rally in the southern Yugoslavian republic."
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August 14, 1992
Man nabbed in use of fake MTA passA 27-year-old Baltimore man was arrested yesterday in the use of a forged Mass Transit Administration bus pass.Carlton Cobb, of the 3900 block of Barrington Road, was arrested by MTA police and charged with theft after he allegedly boarded a bus at Garrison Boulevard and Hilton Street and used the phony pass to get a ride. Mr. Cobb is employed by by the Baltimore Sun as a mailroom trainee, according to a company official.MTA officials say they expect more such forged bus passes to turn up.Dianna Rosborough, an MTA spokeswoman, said that's becausCobb's fake bus pass was traced by serial number to Thomas Jefferson Miller, 36, a Govans resident who was arrested last week for reproducing bus passes on a color photocopying machine.
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By Mark Silva and Mark Silva,ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 23, 2004
ORLANDO, Fla. - Facing a battery of criticism from President Bush, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will attempt to reframe the campaign today with a new television commercial airing in Florida and several other battleground states. Kerry's ad promotes his goals as president - providing "affordable health care," rescinding "tax cuts for the wealthy" and "investing" in children - and also seeks to counter an image that Bush is portraying of Kerry as weak on defense. "For 35 years, John Kerry has fought for his country," says the narrator of the 30-second ad that opens with footage of Kerry in combat gear and features a photograph of the pinning of the Bronze Star on a young Navy lieutenant in Vietnam.
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March 5, 2012
In response to Lyle Rescott's letter about President Obama's goal of raising $1 billion for his re-election campaign and her joke that he wouldn't do it by asking everyone to give $3 each ("'Democrats' fundraising practices are rotten, too. " Feb. 29): There is already a box on the federal income tax form that allows the preparer to check off a $3 donation that goes to finance publicly funded election campaigns. It happened to me and my husband and also to my son, who was not even old enough to vote at the time.
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By John-John Williams IV and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2011
U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin kicked off his re-election campaign Sunday, promising several hundred supporters that he'd fight for better schools, more jobs, a cleaner environment and access to health care. "It's not about this election. It's about the next generation," Cardin said from a pier near the Baltimore Museum of Industry. He also vowed to fight tea party politicians and what he called their attempts to "turn back" social programs, women's rights and civil rights. Supporter Helen Stith-Smith, 66, cheered on Cardin for his near-15-minute speech.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2010
On a single day in January, a local developer used several corporations he controlled to contribute seven times the individual campaign donation limit to the eventual winner of the race for Baltimore County executive. As Election Day four years ago drew near, a prominent Washington attorney loaned half a million dollars to the candidate who would become governor. A decade ago, a candidate for mayor of Baltimore spent more than $4,000 in campaign funds on suits. Such moves might have raised eyebrows, but each was legal — revealing persistent loopholes in Maryland campaign finance law that have been exploited by candidates of both parties and all levels.
NEWS
November 5, 2010
We're all worried about the economy, that's obvious, yet in all the campaign rhetoric, why were our two wars rarely mentioned? America's invasion of Iraq and this country's involvement in Afghanistan were seldom cited. These two adventures will cost trillions when the bill comes due. I listened to much oratory and was amazed our Iraq and Afghanistan involvements were never part of the debate. Voters may desire change, but why have they forgotten what's taking place half a planet away?
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2010
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the Republican nominee for governor, reported Tuesday that he and running mate Mary Kane have raised more than $2.8 million since the end of August. "We like where we are right now," Ehrlich said after a campaign event in Baltimore County, adding that last-minute donations were coming in "fast and furious. " The Ehrlich campaign had about $1.77 million left in the bank as of Sunday night, spokesman Henry Fawell said. He said that 98 percent of the money raised came from Maryland families and small businesses and that the campaign took out no loans.
NEWS
June 27, 2010
Rep. Frank Kratovil is promising to remain a moderate voice amid a highly partisan atmosphere in Washington. Kratovil kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday with stops in Harford, Queen Anne's and Wicomico counties. The Democrat is running for a second term representing Maryland's First District, which includes the entire Eastern Shore and parts of the Baltimore suburbs. Kratovil won a tight race over Republican state Sen. Andy Harris two years ago, and a rematch is likely with Harris running in the GOP primary.
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By Paul G. Pinsky and Julian L. Lapides and Paul G. Pinsky and Julian L. Lapides,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 19, 2003
In a democracy, election campaigns don't just elect candidates to office. They also serve as a "marketplace of ideas," a forum for discussing and debating the direction of public policy. In years past, election campaigns more often served this noble role. Voters, in many election contests, had more of a chance to see and hear and question candidates, at front doors, in community debates and all sorts of local gatherings. Those days now seem terribly quaint. The traditional currency of successful campaigns - personal connections and contacts with voters - has morphed into big money.
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By J. Herbert Altschull | December 4, 1991
COPIOUS tears are shed over the influence of Big Money in the American political process. You've got to be a millionaire to get elected, it is said, and it's nearly impossible for challengers to campaign successfully against entrenched, moneyed incumbents."
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2010
Kendel Ehrlich and her husband, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., made separate campaign stops in Howard County over the past week, as confident-sounding county Republicans also met in a Columbia law firm office to raise money for Dennis R. Schrader's County Council run and to boost a campaign to put a tax limit measure on the November ballot. The former governor spent an hour Tuesday at Tian Chinese restaurant in the Lotte Plaza shopping center in Ellicott City talking to a group of about 25 Korean-American business owners from around the state about his plans to boost small business.
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