The Progressive Working Group (PWG) has made campaign finance reform one of its top priority issues in this legislative session in
We are at a critical stage with campaign finance reform (CFR) legislation, particularly with SB 681 "The Clean Money Bill" which provides for statewide public financing of campaigns, and we are asking for your help.
The senators shown below are either wavering or may accept weakening amendments, and they are critical to the passage of CFR. The most effective way we can put pressure on them is for constituents from our organizations who live in the Senators' districts to contact them, preferably through personal visits in
We ask you to send the following letter to your membership. If we can find just 4 or 5 constituents for each Senator listed, it would be a great help. Once we get volunteers, we will work with Progressive Maryland and Common Cause/MD to arrange the visits and provide assistance for the volunteers.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Progressive Working Group Steering Committee: Sharon Dooley, Mike Hersh, Norm Oslik, Dana Beyer, Wally Malakoff, Mike Tabor
Letter to Members
As you may be aware, our organization has been participating in the Progressive Working Group, a coalition of 24 groups that has made campaign finance reform a top priority. Our organization is supporting this effort because we believe that changing the way campaigns are financed will help eliminate the inordinate influences of special interests and thus make it more possible for us to win advances on the issues we care about.
We are looking for volunteers to help win campaign finance reform which is at a critical stage in the State Senate. SB 682 - "The Clean Money Bill" which provides for statewide public financing of campaigns - needs the support of the senators shown below who are wavering in their support or may accept weakening amendments. Can you help on this important issue?
Specifically, we are looking for people who live in the Districts of the wavering or critical Senators who can come to
If you can volunteer, please contact Norm Oslik at 301-322-5272 or _______.
If you are unable to participate in lobbying in
If you are unsure of your Senator or need an email address, go to the Maryland General Assembly website at http://mlis.state.md.us/
Senators Wavering On Or Critical To Campaign Finance Reform
1. Sen. Mike Miller (Dist. 27
2. Sen. Edward Kasemeyer (Dist. 12 Baltimore Co./Howard Co.) Is a sponsor and the Senate Majority Leader. Very important person to visit/call/email and asked to firmly resist weakening amendments. firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Sen. Nathaniel Exum (Dist. 24
4. Sen. Ulysses Currie (Dist. 25
5. Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (Dist. 40 Baltimore City) Is "shaky" on the bill, perhaps even an opponent. Needs to be contacted and asked how she'll vote on SB 681. email@example.com
6. Sen. Joan Carter Conway (Dist. 43 -
7. Senator George Della, Jr - D, D46.
8. Senator James N. Robey, D, D13,
Campaign Finance Reform Talking Points
"I believe big money has a corrupting effect on the legislative process. Polls consistently show the public's disillusionment with government."
1. SB 681 provides for voluntary public financing of campaigns.
2. It frees candidates and lawmakers from incessant fundraising, giving them more time to listen to regular voters.
3. It removes the corrosive appearance that lawmakers listen more to big campaign contributors than to regular citizens.
4. It will restore public confidence in government.
5. Will Senator ________ support this bill?
See Progressive Maryland fact sheet on campaign finance reform legislation: http://progressivemaryland.org/public/documents/2010/ga/CleanElectionsBasicHandout2010.pdf
Note: The Senate hearing on SB 681 is scheduled for March 11th at 1pm before the Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.