Elections

Baltimore City Council to consider public financing of city elections

Baltimore City Council to consider public financing of city elections

In an attempt to diminish the influence of wealthy political donors and force candidates to spend more time talking to voters, a Baltimore City Council member introduced legislation Monday to establish a system of public financing for city campaigns.

Councilman Kristerfer Burnett’s charter amendment bill is the first step toward creating a fund that would provide matching public funds for money individual donors contribute to candidates.

If the bill is approved by the council, voters would be asked in November whether to change the city charter to allow for public financing and to create an 11-member commission to oversee the public money available for...

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