Panel Recommends Campaign Finance Reform For Md.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A legislative panel is urging Maryland lawmakers to adopt sweeping reforms to the state’s campaign finance laws.

The Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law says the state should close loopholes that have allowed donors to contribute large amounts of money to campaigns through multiple limited-liability corporations.

The commission also recommended that the state raise limits on how much donors can contribute to keep pace with inflation. The limits have been in place since 1991.

Lawmakers who sat on the panel tell The Baltimore Sun that they expect most of the recommendations to be taken up during the upcoming 90-day legislative session. Delegate Jon Cardin says the House “is excited about making significant campaign finance reforms.”

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