Why Oppose Clean Elections?
The Maryland Senate is due to vote any day now on the bill that would bring Clean Elections to state and do away with "business as usual" play-to-play politics in Annapolis. So why is Senate President Mike Miller (D) so opposed to Clean Elections and threatening to uphold its passage? Perhaps its the $2.1 million in special interest money he's pulled in since 1998. Read our release here on why Maryland must have Clean Elections -- over Miller's objections. From the release: "Senator Miller is trying to preserve a system in which his ability to raise money and give it to other Senators is more important than the voices of ordinary voters," said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Public Campaign. "Honorable public servants in the Senate must take a stand and free themselves from Sen. Miller's campaign cash that he's been dolling out for twenty something years." "With the recent revelations about Sen. Thomas Bromwell's wire tap confessions of selling off of policies to the highest bidder, the call for comprehensive campaign reform is a no brainer. It's time for lawmakers to stop the backroom deals and parliamentary maneuvers. It's time the State Senate get behind a bill that a poll conducted by Gonzalez research showed that 73% of the Maryland voting public knows will end politics as usual in Annapolis." The Senate vote is likely to happen as early as Monday. A majority in the state House already support Clean Elections.