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Doug Miller

Switchbacks on the road to campaign finance reform [Commentary]

Our state legislature this year again had an opportunity to strike a blow against the culture of corruption that is rapidly eroding American democracy. But in spite of the entreaties of roughly 1,800 constituents who signed petitions and made phone calls to legislators during the 2016 session, the Maryland General Assembly did even less with that opportunity than it did in 2015.

We hear a lot about the deep political divisions in our society. But regardless of party affiliation or ideological bent, just about everyone agrees that money has too much influence on our political system.

Nonetheless, Supreme Court decisions of the past 40 years — most infamously, Citizens...