Comment: At the same time that Democratic leaders in Annapolis are criticizing the governor for wanting to spend too much money, their troops are trying to spend even more beyond the governor's proposals. As a way of avoiding real campaign finance reform, Sen. Pinsky [Sen.Pinsky] supports a complicated scheme that would divert money away from the state's critical needs and spend it on politicians.
- Public campaign financing urged.
- Annapolis Capital, 4 Mar 2006 (by Nicholas Sohr, Capital News Service).
A Baltimore County lawmaker has introduced what he calls the "anti-Jack Abramoff bill" - legislation that would distance candidates vying for seats in the Maryland General Assembly from wealthy donors by creating a fund to publicly finance their campaigns.
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"You don't have to spend your time fund-raising, you can spend it on the issues," said Sen. Paul G. Pinsky [Sen.Pinsky], D-Prince George's, the sponsor of a similar legislation in the Senate.
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Mr. Pinsky said the program, with costs estimated at $25 million in an election year, would be funded by diverting $7.5 million per year from the sale of unclaimed property that has reverted to the state.
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- Who Pays for Elections?