Sheena Jacob signed Fully Fund Montgomery County's Fair Elections Program 2017-05-16 22:02:50 -0400210 signatures
Montgomery County was the first county in the state to establish a program to get big money out of local elections and empower small donors. Now, candidates are starting to use the program so we need to ensure it is properly funded for the upcoming elections.
An Independent Commission made funding recommendations for the program to County Executive Leggett who has provided an additional $4 million in his FY18 budget. Now we are just $1 million short of realizing the full potential of the fair elections program.
The small donor program will elevate the voice of everyday citizens and reduce the influence of corporate donors by providing limited matching funds for small donors if the candidates don’t take large and corporate contributions.
Montgomery County took a big step by passing a small donor incentive program that encourages candidates to spend time fundraising from small donors within their constituency rather than dialing for big dollars.
We're almost there in the fight against big money! Sign below to tell the Montgomery County Council to fully fund Montgomery County's fair elections program.
The protests that followed the killing of Freddie Gray are a direct result of current policies that restrict transparency in the way police departments operate and address misconduct, damaging the relationship between them and the communities they serve. Law enforcement officers occupy unique positions of power in our society–a necessity to ensure public safety–but also devastating when abused. There have been far too many instances of officer misconduct throughout Maryland. It’s time to take critical action to rein in the abuse of police power and rebuild communities' trust.
Maryland is one of many states fighting for sensible police reforms that protect the public and officers alike. Community actions across the state have pressured the legislature to seek measures to increase police accountability. Current laws make reporting misconduct difficult and provide little to no transparency for the public into how these complaints are handled.
Progressive Maryland, as part of the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability–a coalition of activists, faith-based, nonprofit, and civic organizations–has introduced a legislative package to achieve meaningful police reforms that will protect the public, protect law-abiding officers, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and communities by:
• Making filing complaints regarding officer misconduct easy and accessible.
• Increasing transparency by making department policies accessible to the public.
• Creating an independent police training commission consisting of law enforcement professionals and experts to develop and implement best practices in policing and disciplinary procedures.
• Implementing anti-discrimination training, de-escalation training, and modernizing recruitment to increase department diversity.
• Developing a uniform certification process that ensures officers are well-trained.
• Ensuring the protection of police officers who report police misconduct.
• Supporting mental health evaluations for officers following any traumatic event and establishing a confidential mental health hotline for officers.
• Implementing best practices for community policing, increasing state funding for community policing programs, and providing incentives for officers to live and work in their own communities.
Take a stand along with other Maryland residents to demand the General Assembly pass meaningful police accountability legislation.