Montgomery Council Approves Public Campaign Finance Legislation

The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously this week on legislation to provide partial public campaign financing for candidates running for office in the county.  In doing so, the Council hopes to incentivize individual donors while limiting the influence of special interest money.

As reported by the Washington Post,

The measure will allow eligible candidates for county executive and council to leverage contributions of up to $150 through a system of matching public funds. Candidates opting to enter the financing program will be barred from taking corporate or PAC contributions.

A spokesman for County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said he was prepared to sign the bill, which would be in place for Montgomery’s 2018 election cycle.

Additional coverage of this issue can be found on Conduit Street.

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