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March 6, 2009

Miller's campaign finance about-face

The world eagerly awaits word on what on earth has changed Senate President Mike Miller's mind on public funding of State House campaigns. Gadi Dechter reported this morning that an increase in the contribution limits for private contributions may have been key, though the numbers they're talking about -- upping the individual limit from $4,000 to $4,400 per candidate per cycle and the total an individual can contribute to all candidates $10,000 to $15,000 -- don't seem like a huge increase, given how long the current limits have been in place.

And the reason Miller objected before -- the cost -- seems just as pressing now. Here's what he said in 2007, from an article I wrote at the time:

Miller said that even if the state could afford it, the symbolism would be poison with voters.

Said Miller: "How can we go to the public [next year] and ask for higher taxes and at the same time ask them to pay money to finance our campaigns?"

Posted by Andy Green at 10:00 AM | | Comments (2)


You corrupt people in the GA do not deserve one dime form my pocket to run again. USE YOUR OWN MONEY or is that just foreign to you?

God Bless Mike Miller
Someone has to.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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