WaPo Blasts Md.’s Ridiculous Campaign Finance Rules

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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler

The Washington Post‘s editorial board recently took aim at Maryland’s campaign finance rules as they pertain to the upcoming gubernatorial election. And I have to admit, it’s all pretty ridiculous.

So that special interest money doesn’t influence legislation — pardon me, to give the appearance that special interest money doesn’t influence legislation — Maryland has strict rules against state officials raising money while the legislature is in session.

So both state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will begin an imposed three-month fundraising hiatus on Jan. 8. But wait a second, Brown’s running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman isn’t a state official. So he can continue to fundraise, right? How about we just say he can’t “coordinate” with Brown?

And that’s what we’ve got: one Democratic hopeful who can essentially continue to raise money, one who can’t. (Del. Heather Mizeur has agreed to public financing.) All in the name of, um, I forget.

 



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