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A vote for campaign finance reform [Letter]

I recently read the "Campaign reform in action" (Feb. 5) editorial endorsing public financing of political campaigns, and I could not agree more. As a young person and relatively new voter, contending with the post-Citizens United election system is disheartening.

I'm fresh out of college and work for a nonprofit, and with big elections coming up in Maryland and across the country, it's one of the first opportunities my peers and I will have to donate to candidates we support, albeit in a small way. Unfortunately, it feels like our contributions are meaningless pittance in comparison to multi-million dollar donations from special interests.

If we want to truly have a government that is "of the people, for the people and by the people," we need to ensure that large donors stop drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens.

The Government by the People Act (H.R. 20) recently introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes is a step in the right direction. It would encourage people to give small contributions, and the first $25 that people contribute would qualify for a refundable tax credit.

We need to encourage people, especially young Americans, to be involved in the political process even though our pockets aren't lined with hundred dollar bills. H.R. 20 makes me hopeful.

Joanna Guy, Baltimore

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