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HOWARD COUNTY COUNCIL OVERRIDES COUNTY EXECUTIVE ALLAN KITTLEMAN’S VETO OF CB30 WITH 4-1 VOTE

HOWARD COUNTY COUNCIL OVERRIDES COUNTY EXECUTIVE ALLAN KITTLEMAN’S VETO OF CB30 WITH 4-1 VOTE

Despite roadblock from County Executive, Howard County Voters and Council establish small donor public financing for local elections Ellicott City, MD – The Howard County Council voted 4-1 on Monday night to override a veto from County Executive Allan Kittleman of Council Bill 30 (CB30) to establish the Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund. Howard County is the 2nd county in the state, after Montgomery, to establish a voluntary program for small donor financing of County Council and County Executive races. The Council originally passed the bill at their meeting on June 6th. County Executive Kittleman could have signed the bill into law or allowed it go into law without his signature, but instead vetoed the bill, sending a message to the Council and the voters that he would not support…
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ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Statement from the Fair Elections Howard Coalition on County Executive Allan H. Kittleman’s intent to veto CB30

We are deeply disappointed that County Executive Allan H. Kittleman has vetoed CB30. In November, the citizens of Howard County voted to pass Question A, an amendment to the County Charter creating the Citizens’ Election Fund and directing the County Council to finalize the program. We applaud the Council for responding with Council Bill 30 to finalize the program.. The new program will be in effect for the 2022 election cycle. To qualify for the program candidates for County Council and County Executive must turn down contributions over $250, all contributions from corporations, unions and PACs, and meet thresholds for small donations to demonstrate viability. Once they qualify they can receive limited matching funds for small contributions from Howard County residents. Marylanders from all political  parties and backgrounds agree that…
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Howard County Council Listens to Voters, Establishes Citizens’ Election Fund Program

After public authorization and Council vote, Howard County becomes 2nd county in Maryland to enact reform   Ellicott City, MD  – The Howard County Council voted 4-1 on Monday night to pass Council Bill 30 (CB30) to establish the Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund. Howard County is the 2nd county in the state, after Montgomery, to establish a voluntary program for small donor financing of County Council and County Executive races.   The move comes after voters approved a Charter Amendment, Question A, on November’s ballot. The Charter Amendment authorized the Fund and directed the County Council to finalize the program. County Executive Allan Kittleman campaigned against Question A in the fall. He has not said if he intends to veto the bill, but with 4 votes, the Council has…
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Support for publicly funded campaign system surges at Howard hearing

Support for publicly funded campaign system surges at Howard hearing

Check out this great piece from the Baltimore Sun! The Howard County Citizens' Election Fund will be a "game-changer for local politics by elevating the voice of everyday people, expanding opportunities for candidates seeking a run for office and encouraging candidates to spend more time with constituents instead of building up their campaign war chest."
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SUPPORTERS OF NEW CAMPAIGN FINANCE SYSTEM DOMINATE HOWARD COUNTY COUNCIL HEARING ON CITIZEN FUNDED ELECTIONS

Council Bill 30 would finalize new campaign finance system initiated by Ballot Question A For Immediate Release THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017 Columbia, MD – On Wednesday, nearly 75 supporters of  the Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund program turned out for a rally and public hearing to support Council Bill 30 (CB30). In November, Howard County voters approved Question A, directing the Howard County Council to establish a new way to fund County Council and County Executive elections through a small donor matching program to limit large and corporate campaign contributions. Supporters gathered before the hearing to listen to speeches from Congressman John Sarbanes, Council sponsors Jon Weinstein and Jen Terrasa, community organizations and activists, environmental groups, and good government groups. At the hearing itself, all but one of the 20…
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Howard County Council Introduces Program for Citizen Funded Elections

In November, Howard County Voters Passed Question A, Establishing the Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund Columbia, MD – On Thursday, Howard County Councilmembers Jon Weinstein and Jen Terrasa filed a bill, Council Bill 30, to create a new way to fund County Council and County Executive races with a small donor matching program. This move comes after voters approved a charter amendment in November to establish the Citizens’ Election Fund. The program will provide matching funds for small donor contributions to candidates who don’t accept large or corporate contributions. Montgomery County, MD passed a similar program in 2014, and the candidates are now filing to use the system for the 2018 elections. Congressman John Sarbanes, who endorsed Question A and represents much of Howard County, has also authored similar legislation,…
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Howard County Voters Vote for Fair Elections by Passing Ballot Question A

Fair Elections ballot initiative passes in Howard County. Columbia, MD – On Tuesday night, Howard County voters approved a charter amendment to bring balance to our democracy and make local government more representative and accountable to everyday people. The win lays the groundwork for a citizen-funded elections program for county council and county executive races. The new program will provide matching funds for small donor contributions to candidates who don’t accept large or corporate contributions. Montgomery County, MD passed a similar program in 2014, and the candidates are now filing to use the system for the 2018 elections. Congressman John Sarbanes, who endorsed Question A and represents much of Howard County, has also authored similar legislation at the national level, The Government By the People Act. The Fair Elections Howard…
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As Early Voting Begins in Maryland, Howard County Voters Have Chance To Improve Democracy By Voting Yes On Question A

With the growing public concern over big money in politics, Howard County voters will have a chance to institute an innovative citizen funded election program to help bring balance to local government and the democratic process. If approved, Question A will amend the Howard County Charter and enable the County Council to establish the Citizens’ Election Fund, a small donor campaign finance system for County Council and County Executive races. As early voting begins Thursday in Maryland, supporters of Question A plan to deploy dozens of volunteers to drive up support for the initiative and educate voters across Howard County. “The outreach we are doing to voters during early voting and on Election Day is an example of what this campaign and reform is really about: ensuring everyone can participate…
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