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Watchdog Responds to O’Malley’s Decision to Accept Public Funds

November 19, 2015 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C.—Money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice released the following statement on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s decision to participate in the out-dated presidential public financing program:

“It really is throwback Thursday with Governor O’Malley’s deciding to participate in a presidential system that unfortunately hasn’t been updated or modernized in two generations,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “The real test of a candidate’s support for fighting big money isn’t participating in this out-of-date program—it is what they will do to bring it into the 21st century. And on that score, O’Malley’s positions on making every voice matter in politics are strong.”

Passed after Watergate, the presidential public financing system worked well for years, helping candidates from Ronald Reagan to Al Gore get their message out. The system, however, has not been updated to reflect modern presidential campaigns.

Earlier this summer, more than a dozen democracy reform organizations released the Fighting Big Money, Empowering People Agenda that offers a comprehensive plan to give everyday people a bigger voice in the political process. Every Democratic candidate, including O’Malley, has released plans in line with the agenda, including proposals that give small donors a bigger voice in the political process.

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Every Voice is a national nonpartisan organization fighting for a democracy that works for everyone. Learn more at everyvoice.org.