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Franchot To Propose Campaign Finance Reform

The proposed changes will be part of a speech given Tuesday at Goucher College.

Comptroller Peter Franchot is expected today to propose campaign finance reform measures during a Tuesday afternoon speech at Goucher College.

Sources close to the comptroller said the proposed changes could place the state on the cutting edge of public transparency.

Details of the speech were not immediately available.

The speech is part of Constitution Day activities at the Towson college.

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Daniel Ewald September 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Could be good, just have to await and see.
Bryan P. Sears September 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Good is subjective. What if I could reasonably promise "interesting" or "noteworthy?"
Buck Harmon September 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Campaign finance reform is long overdue in my opinion, but there are powerful forces to recon with in this greed driven arena. Until this type of reform can be accomplished we will continue to get screwed by purchased politicians with pre planned agenda..
Buck Harmon September 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Can't wait to see the details...
Diane Whitaker Beezley September 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Was this canceled due to the weather?
Penelope Patch September 19, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I give Franchot a lot of credit for having the guts to introduce such a thing, especially in Maryland, which is a tremendously overpopulated "crookdom."
Tim September 19, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Powerful forces, including our so called impartial Supreme Court. The problem ultimately, is that until the Supreme Court changes tack, nothing will change. This past Court year a Montana bill limiting campaign contributions was overruled based on the Citizens Bank ruling of 2010.
Calm down September 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Penelope, I'm sure you want to say nice things about your boss. How come he doesn't put his money where his mouth is and voluntarily disclose on line his contributions now? Or is he just the grandstander that we all know he is?
Mike September 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Campaign finance reform is hopelessly unConstitutional, and nearly always merely a tool of the establishment to further entrench their power. How is it that if you think a candidate is finally the savior to our problems, you are only allowed to give about $2500 to his campaign? And yet, you hear of forty-thousand-a-plate celebrity fundraisers? The answer is that the corrupt major parties have seen to it that THEY are the ones who get real power. Giving to the parties is not limited nearly like it is to individual candidates. And thus the citizen's power to support someone worthy is clipped. Only the party machine can do that, and thus it can make it nearly impossible for a good candidate to challenge the establishment.
Bryan P. Sears September 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
http://towson.patch.com/blog_posts/franchot-calls-for-real-time-campaign-contribution-reporting
Joe September 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
""I'm calling on the governor and the General Assembly to marshal forces to establish a real-time campaign finance system because I believe we need to make it clear to citizens where and how money is flowing in our political system," said Franchot, " This is what I posted last week. Open free contributions all on line with donor name, company name and amount. Mr Franchot, ADD to your bill TAXING all contributions to the recipient at the highest going personal tax rate as income to the recipient JUST AS WE are all taxed on every dime we receive form any source. That would be hundreds of millions of dollars nationally.
Buzz Beeler September 19, 2012 at 03:27 PM
It shows strength in character to fight the system. This man could be our next Governor. A lot of big names are being bantered about and at least he's got the guts to take on he issue.
Steve September 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
LOl "Strength in character"??? It's called "grandstanding".
Penelope Patch September 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM
He's no boss of mine...don't choose to feed at the local state or federal trough. He's also not immune from the need to be transparent.
Penelope Patch September 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I'd rather see him as next Governor than some of the people that have been making some noise, like David Craig. What a joke.
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