In November, Howard County residents voted to establish the Citizens’ Election Fund directing the County Council to establish a new program to strengthen our democracy and curb the influence of large and corporate donors.
We’re calling on the County Council to move quickly to pass a final program that will:
- Only be available to candidates who reject large donations and donations from corporations, unions, and PACs.
- Encourage candidates to fundraise from Howard County residents by providing limited matching funds for small donations from County residents.
- Establish an independent commission to make funding and policy recommendations to the Council.
We are calling on the Howard County Council to finalize the Citizens’ Election Fund program this spring and bring Fair Elections home to Howard.
Anthony Meoni signed Tell Hogan to Hold a Townhall Meeting with His Constituents 2017-02-22 11:04:10 -0500
The letter below written by Nienke Grossman was sent to Governor Larry Hogan on February 3rd, and posted in the Baltimore Sun. Since then, hundreds of Marylanders have signed on, demanding that Governor Hogan tell us where he stands on policies of the Trump administration as they relate to our state and its people. Read it, then sign on below.2,384 signatures
Dear Governor Hogan:
We are Maryland voters who care deeply about the present and future of our state. We hail from all over Maryland, and we have made thousands of phone calls to your office in the last several weeks seeking your views on a wide range of issues. We are still waiting for your answers.
As you know, hundreds of thousands of Marylanders may lose their health care and many more risk the loss of important benefits, such as the elimination of lifetime maximums, as a result of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. We are unable to support refugees fleeing death and destruction as a result of the president’s action, and the federal government is threatening to deputize our local law enforcement for the purposes of enforcing immigration law rather than our own criminal laws and to take away funding from sanctuary cities. Our Jewish Community Centers, mosques, churches and public schools have become targets of hateful speech and acts. Also, recent news reports suggest that the new administration may reduce funds for women’s health care and domestic violence shelters, which provide care and refuge to the most vulnerable among us.
You are our governor. We voted you into office, yet we feel our concerns are being ignored. We deserve to know how you propose to address these issues. What are you going to do about the impending health care crisis in Maryland? What are you doing to help ensure that Maryland continues to be a welcoming place for immigrants and people fleeing from violence and persecution? What do you propose to keep our houses of worship and our schools safe from hate? What do you propose to ensure access to basic women’s health care services and to minimize the harm to victims of domestic violence in the wake of reduced federal funding to shelters?
Because our phone calls have gone unheeded and many of our Facebook posts have been deleted and blocked, we request that you announce and hold an open town hall meeting to share with us your concrete policy proposals on health care coverage, your views on immigration, and how you will show leadership in response to the uptick in hateful acts in our state and the potential defunding of domestic violence shelters and resources.
We want to work with you to make Maryland the best state that it can possibly be and to help Maryland rise to the challenges that it will face in the years to come. We need to know where you stand, and we want you to know that we are motivated, we are concerned, and we are not going away.
Anthony Meoni pledged support 2016-10-21 17:51:25 -040018 votes
Question A is an Amendment to the Howard County Charter. The Amendment enables the County Council to establish the Citizens’ Election Fund and small donor campaign finance system for County Council and County Executive races.
By voting YES on A in November to establish the Citizens’ Election Fund, Howard County can join communities across the country who are moving to a new way to fund elections.
Here’s how small donor empowerment programs work:
- Encourage participation: Provide matching funds for small contributions from constituents.
- Elevate the voices of everyday people: Match small contributions on a scale (between 6-to-1 and 1-to-1) with the smallest donations matched at the highest rate. For example, a $25 contribution matched 4-to-1 is worth $100 to the candidate.
- Expand opportunities to run for office: People qualify by building support in their community. This allows people from all backgrounds to run for office on the strength of their ideas, not access to money, and will help build a diverse and representative government.
- Keep big money out: Participating candidates cannot accept large contributions (over $150) or corporate contributions.