THESE CANDIDATES FOR THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVE TAKEN THE “PLEDGE TO GET $$$ OUT”

They pledged to support a U. S. Constitutional Amendment to overturn CitizensUnited v. FEC and related decisions and to publicly and actively work for passage of the Democracy Amendment Resolution by the Maryland General Assembly.

Andrew J. Barnhart

District 02A

House of Delegates

Money does not equal speech. I support this initiative to get big money out of politics. Moreover, I would like Maryland to move to publicly funded elections across the state.

Ronald Nelson Young

District 03

State Senator

No explanation necessary. We need to stop big money from running our elections no matter the source including wealthy candidates self funding.

Karen Lewis Young

District 03A

House of Delegates

There is too much special interest influence on critical issues that affect the health and welfare of our constituents. We must put the best interests of our constituents first and that won't happen until we eliminate the financial influence on policy decisions.

Jessica Douglass

District 04

State Senator

A candidate's "viability" should never be an assessment of her ability to raise money. A candidate's focus should not be raising money. Certainly no politician should be influenced by donors - unfortunately, those who are not are few and far between. Politicians work for the people and their actions in their roles as representatives should be influenced by voters. I pledge to represent voters, not corporations.

Darrin Ryan Smith

District 04

House of Delegates

Citizens United v. FEC was a bad decision that really has derailed the concept of democracy and how it's now beholden to special interest. This amendment will trigger and establish dialogues to be able to look at the role of big business and how it can proactively be involved in the political process.

Lois Jarman

District 04

House of Delegates

Special interests have too much power and too much say in our government.

Ysela Bravo

District 04

House of Delegates

Donna Hines

District 07

State Senator

I wholeheartedly agree. I am financing my campaign. I havne't actively asked or solicit money from anyone. I have requested endorsements. Money buys influence. Public office holders should not leave office as millionaires when the source of the money is given to influence.

Allison Berkowitz

District 07

House of Delegates

We need to end the outsized role of big money and large donors in our democracy. We must reform the current system to even the playing field in our elections.

Gordon Koerner

District 07

House of Delegates

I have already made state funding of Maryland elections for all candidates part of my platform for election. Others want to add $14 to real estate taxes in the state to fund. I believe a $1 hotel tax with fund state funding of elections will not put more of a burdon on lower income citizens..

Eric Bromwell

District 08

House of Delegates

I already voted yes to all of these.

Joe Norman

District 08

House of Delegates

I believe that removing big money from elections is one step that we can take to return our government to the people it is supposed to serve. That said, I can not commit to making passage of the Democracy Amendment Resolution by the Maryland General Assembly my focus (i.e., working publicly and actively for its passage)

Steven M. Bolen

District 09A

House of Delegates

We need to protect our democratic processes and ensure that a broad spectrum of people can participate in running for elected office and lead our country - not just those who have access to large amounts of funding. We need to create a larger pool of qualified candidates that can bring a diversity of thought to shape public policies and draft legislation and bring greater political and socio-economic equality to our citizenry.

Natalie Ziegler

District 09A

House of Delegates

The corrupting influence of money in politics gets worse every year and seriously undermines our democracy. It was extraordinary to watch the Republicans attempts at tax reform- not that I agree with most of it- get thwarted absolutely publicly by lobbying groups such as the National Assoc of Home Builders, whom we did not elect!

Delores G. Kelley

District 10

State Senator

I have been a co-sponsor in the past, and the need is now greater than ever

Stephanie Boston

District 10

State Senator

Dana Stein

District 11

House of Delegates

Since the Citizens United case, money has become such a corrosive influence on our politics that we must enact a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Jon S. Cardin

District 11

House of Delegates

Corporations should not be treated like people for election purposes

Clarence K. Lam

District 12

State Senator

I strongly disagree with the Citizens United ruling, and I am committed to working to fix this problem.

Eric Ebersole

District 12

House of Delegates

I think my voting record is clear on these matters or those related to them. I am in full support

Guy Guzzone

District 13

State Senator

Vanessa Atterbeary

District 13

House of Delegates

I was a co-sponsor of this legislation in 2018 & I have co-sponsored similar legislation in prior years.

Jen Terrasa

District 13

House of Delegates

I was a lead sponsor on campaign finance reform legislation in Howard County. This was a step in the right direction but we need to do more to stop the corrupting influence of big money in politics. It�s my hope that eventually this will pass on a federal level, and also that Citizens United will be overturned. As a state delegate, I will support efforts to take money out of politics, including supporting efforts to overturn Citizens United by Constitutional Amendment.

Pamela Queen

District 14

House of Delegates

I am one of the co-sponsors of the Maryland Democracy Amendment Resolution.

David Fraser-Hidalgo

District 15

House of Delegates

There is way too much money in politics!

Kathleen Dumais

District 15

House of Delegates

The ill effects of big money in politics are evident at all levels of government. We need to work toward public financing to ensure that government is truly by the people -- and not big business and special interests.

Lily Qi

District 15

House of Delegates

In this election, I have seen how Montgomery County's new public financing law is helping to level the playing field for several candidates who would otherwise never had the opportunity to be viable candidates for Council. This is exactly what we should do for the State legislative candidates too.

Marc A. King

District 15

House of Delegates

I will support a Constitutional Amendment on the issue of "Big Money" in politics so long as the effort remains non-partisan and there is no possibility for a "run away" convention which might seize the opportunity to undo what the Founders put together. If this effort should veer off a non-partisen course and I am elected to the Maryland House of Delegates I would change my position on this matter.

Susan C. Lee

District 16

State Senator

I was cosponsor of SJ0007

Marc Korman

District 16

House of Delegates

I voted in favor of HJ 11 during the 2018 legislative session. That said, as I have shared with you previously, I am concerned about a constitutional convention and our ability to control the topics discussed. But if the options for expressing our concern with Citizens United is this or nothing, I will with some reluctance support this approach.

Julie Palakovich Carr

District 17

House of Delegates

Kumar P. Barve

District 17

House of Delegates

I voted, as a member of the House, to do this in the just concluded session of the Maryland General Assembly.

Linda Willard

District 18

House of Delegates

I fully agree with the sentiment of getting big money out of politics, from corporations, labor unions, and other large entities. I question whether our founding fathers intended the First Amendment to protect this sort of free speech.

Ben Kramer

District 19

State Senator

David Jeang

District 19

State Senator

Bold measures must be taken in order to direct populist support in the progressive direction, otherwise we will end up with more backlashes from a disenfranchised populace and wind up with more corporate demagogues worse than Trump that will continue to proliferate our corrupt system.

Vaughn Stewart

District 19

House of Delegates

Citizens United and its predecessor opinions represent an affront to democracy. Maryland should lead the fight in getting big money out of politics so that regular people, rather than large corporations and the wealthiest few, shape public policy.

Bonnie Cullison

District 19

House of Delegates

I believe that it is because of the influence of corporate wealth on policy making that the wealthy continue to get richer and the middle class is dying. The best way to change that is to make sure that all residents are actually represented in government, not just wealthy businesses and monopolies. I will continue to support ways for people's voices to be heard and government to serve the people by creating better regulations for campaign financing, including public financing.

Vardly E. St. Preux

District 20

State Senator

As a tax paying citizen, I am concern about the growing corruption due to the influence of money in our democracy. This is about "We The People", and most of us everyday folks need our government to protect us not sell us to the highest bidder. We need to stand together to fight for and exercise our right to use Article V of the U.S. Constitution. Thank you.

Will Smith

District 20

State Senator

I was the lead sponsor of legislation that called for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC when I was in the House of Delegates and I will continue to support that effort in the Senate.

David Moon

District 20

House of Delegates

I have sponsored this legislation in prior years & look forward to doing so again.

Jheanelle Wilkins

District 20

House of Delegates

I have worked on the passage of the Democracy Amendment and pledge to do even more!

Lorig Charkoudian

District 20

House of Delegates

Ben Barnes

District 21

House of Delegates

Was cosponsor last year

Joseline Pena-Melnyk

District 21

House of Delegates

My voting record reflects the above.

Mary A. Lehman

District 21

House of Delegates

We must use every tool at our disposal to eliminate the corrupting influence of money in politics. I support the DAR.

Ray Ranker

District 21

House of Delegates

I strongly support this, as big money in politics is a big problem. But we need to actively change the system now, while also working for a constitutional amendment. That's why I am the only candidate who won't take corporate and PAC money, and I've even limited what I'll take from individuals. As candidates, we need to show people by our actions that we aren't willing to use a broken system to get elected.

Paul G. Pinsky

District 22

State Senator

Alonzo T. Washington

District 22

House of Delegates

I have strongly supported the efforts of GMOM as an elected official to promote the passage of the Democracy Amendment Resolution. I pledge to continue to support their efforts in the future!

Tawanna P. Gaines

District 22

House of Delegates

Special interest has too much influence in government decisions.

Erek L. Barron

District 24

House of Delegates

Campaign finance permeates every important policy issue.

Diedra Henry-Spires

District 26

House of Delegates

Down to the local level elections, the political process has too long been corrupted by big money tactics. Changing this is long overdue.

Kris Valderrama

District 26

House of Delegates

I am a supporter as evidenced by being a co-sponsor of the legislation.

Jason T. Fowler

District 27C

House of Delegates

We need to limit the influences that our politicians have in any campaign from corporate interests. Although quid pro quo is not completely present in the fundraising form, one could argue that it is dangerously close to it. I believe in people powered campaigns and believe we need to return to that as the model and not the exception.

Thomas Brewer

District 29

State Senator

If money speaks in politics, then the minority of individuals with the most can drown out the voices of the majority. This has destroyed representative democracy and ruined our political landscape.

Orlando Proctor

District 29A

House of Delegates

I have volunteered on this issue and it is central to my candidacy.

Sarah K. Elfreth

District 30

State Senator

Money has a tremendous influence over our political system - and we need to stay vigilant here in Maryland to ensure fair and free elections. I also pledge to support a public finance system for General Assembly elections to help get big money out of politics.

Alice Cain

District 30A

House of Delegates

Citizens United is threatening our democracy and it is essential to our future that we address this problem ASAP.

Mike Busch

District 30A

House of Delegates

I voted for the resolution in 2018.

Harry E. Freeman

District 31B

House of Delegates

Citizens United is a direct threat to our democracy, and must be repealed.

Karen Simpson

District 31B

House of Delegates

Citizen's United has undermined our democracy and allowed big money to have nor influence the will of the people.

Mike Rogers

District 32

House of Delegates

We should keep big money out of politics

Eve Hurwitz

District 33

State Senator

One of the reasons I am running is to put people at the center of legislation. We do that by erasing the power of money in legislatures across the country and eventually federally. I believe that Maryland can be a beacon of progress and true representation, and I intend to provide that for District 33.

Liv Romano

District 33

House of Delegates

As public officials, it is our duty to promote the interests of our people and planet. The corruption caused by allowing organizations and companies to use large sums of money to influence elections is absolutely unacceptable. We need to put an end to this NOW.

Pam Luby

District 33

House of Delegates

Heather Bagnall

District 33

House of Delegates

I am continually concerned about the implications of Citizens United not only for the tremendous influence of special interest money but also because of the access of low to moderate income candidates in successfully running a race. Accessibility breeds equity but with the current system of campaign finance, special interests hold more sway in politics than citizens. In our current environment when there is a very real possibility of an expansion of Citizens United, it is all the more essential to reign in the system as every level possible.

Mary Ann Lisanti

District 34A

House of Delegates

I was a co-sponsor of HJ11 (2018 Session) and voted on the House floor

Jeff Dinger

District 34D

House of Delegates

When big money is allowed in politics the access and needs of the everyday citizen, worker, and business owner’s needs are lost to a louder big money message. This needs to stop and this measure will go a long way to helping solve the problem and out of control spending on political campaigns.

Jobeth Rocky Bowers

District 35A

House of Delegates

Ronnie Teitler Davis

District 35B

House of Delegates

This country was created by the people and for the people and not for large corporations and multi-millionaire individuals to buy elections. We, as candidates need to either all have grassroots campaigns by the people or have the government give each candidate a specific amount to spend depending upon the position of which they are running.

Crystal Woodward

District 36

House of Delegates

Policy should be influenced by constituents - not big money special interests. My campaign is 100% dependent upon grassroots contributors. I am not accepting any special interest donations.

Keirien Taylor

District 36

House of Delegates

Holly Wright

District 37

State Senator

I support this effort to rectify the distorting effects of the Citizen's United decision on our electoral process . Corporations and other entities now use their economic advantage to fund communications campaigns that inundate voters and drown out other points of view. The election process is so costly it is difficult for worthwhile candidates to participate effectively and discourages participation by others.

Dan O'Hare

District 37B

House of Delegates

Money and politics shouldn't mix.

Kirkland J. Sr. Hall

District 38A

House of Delegates

I firmly believe that big donors have no place in politics. Legislation should be for all people and not the wealthy.

Ed Tinus

District 38C

House of Delegates

Kirill Reznik

District 39

House of Delegates

I co-sponsored and voted for this Resolution in 2018, and co-sponsored in previous years as well.

Antonio Hayes

District 40

State Senator

We need to get money out of politics

Nick Mosby

District 40

House of Delegates

Jill P Carter

District 41

State Senate

Drew A. Pate

District 41

House of Delegates

I believe that the narrowing of our democracy and our political system's growing disconnection from our citizens is a direct result of the stranglehold that big money has on our political system. In order to re-democratize our democracy we must eliminate to damaging influence of big money and allow all voices to be heard equally.

Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg

District 41

House of Delegates

Big money has a corrosive effect on the political and legislative process at all levels. That is why we must undo Citizens United.

Robbie Leonard

District 42

State Senator

Michele Guyton

District 42B

House of Delegates

I believe that Supreme Court rulings have diluted the value of each individual citizen's vote by promoting the concept that a corporation or PAC has the same constitutional right to political involvement as a citizen. In addition, wealthier Americans and special interest groups sway the democratic process away from representation of the people towards plutocracy. I am in full support of an Article V Convention to uphold the basic principle of "one person, one vote".

Mary Washington

District 43

State Senator

I support overturning Citizens United and support grassroots and public financing of elections. The flow of lobbyist and special-interest money into politics is corrupting our democracy.

Bonnie "Raven" Lane

District 43

House of Delegates

It's needed to get the money out of politics to allow real people to become involved, not just those bought and sold by corporations.

Regina T. Boyce

District 43

House of Delegates

I support efforts that allow every citizen the fair and equal opportunity to serve their town, city, or state.

Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

District 44

State Senator

Pat Young

District 44B

House of Delegates

I have supported this measure in the Maryland General Assembly and will continue to work with advocates in their efforts to fix the damaging effects that the Citizens United v. FEC decision has had on our democracy.

Steven Andy Ellis

District 45

House of Delegates

As a Green I fundamentally believe that big money in politics has a corrupting influence that puts profit and power over people. As a resident and candidate in the 45th district I have seen the way that corporate and lobbyist donations can influence or at least appear to influence the decisions of elected leaders.