Friday, July 14, 2006

Mfume's Trips

Democrats have repeatedly pointed to Steele's ability to raise money from out-of-state to argue that he lacks the grassroots support needed in Maryland for a successful campaign.

But a Baltimore Examiner article reveals that the Democrat's frontrunner in the polls is dipping into the same fundraising technique.

Kweisi Mfume has raised over $100,000 in a recent series of fundraisers outside of Maryland. The Democrat, who boasted a 6-point lead over primary opponent Ben Cardin in a late June Post poll, has travelled Illinois and Georgia's big cities to round up some cash.

Most candidates with the ability to do so raise money from out-of-state sources. And it makes sense. All Americans will be influenced by whoever wins national elections, no matter which state that election is fought in.

But it also dilutes the ability of Marylanders to choose our own representatives based on our own interests.

from The League: Reassembled


Blogger Russ said...

You make an interesting point about campaign finances and "the ablilty of Marylanders to choose our own representatives."

I was once part of a conversation with Kumar Barve (I think it was at a DFA Meetup a year or so ago) where campaign finance reform came up. He threw out an idea that really intrigued me - what if campaign contributions had to come from the jurisdiction in which the candidate was running?

For example: Running for District 17 Delegate, you can only collect money from District 17 residents/businesses; running for Governor, the whole state is open; etc.

What do you think?

- Russ

7/14/2006 06:06:00 PM  
Blogger michaelraia said...

The only problem with that solution is if lower office candidates persue higher office, say a Congressman running for Senate. Surely a Congressman from MoCo or Baltimore who has been building a campaign chest in their more affluent or populous districts will have a significant financial edge over another candidate who represented District 1 on the Easter Shore.

I have no problem with out of state fundraising but I think the better fix would be that candidate cannot get more than 25 percent of their funding from outside the state and money collected from previous races cannot be used for future campaigns.

7/14/2006 07:46:00 PM  
Blogger OnBackground said...

Makes you wonder if the folks advocating public financing or at least systems that level the playing field might not have a good idea...

7/15/2006 09:31:00 AM  

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