Mizeur to seek public financing in governor’s race

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur said she plans to participate in the state’s public-financing system in next year’s race for governor, part of a broader effort to limit the influence of corporate money in politics.

By accepting matching funds from the state, Mizeur, a Montgomery County delegate, would need to agree to limit overall spending.

“We should be restoring the public trust in our system … We should make sure the voters’ voices are the ones that get heard in this process,” Mizeur said in an interview with The Washington Post.

Mizeur badly trails her Democratic rivals, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, in fundraising. Participating in the state’s public financing system means Mizeur could qualify for $1 million in state funds if she agrees not to spend more than about $2.5 million in the primary. She had about $380,000 in her campaign account the last time candidates were required to disclose their finances, which was nearly a year ago.

Mizeur is also proposing a ban on corporate contributions as well as donations from those who bid for state contracts, and she wants the state to continue to provide matching funds for contributions of $250 or less.

No gubernatorial candidate in Maryland has accepted public money since Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey in 1994. She lost to Democrat Parris Glendening.

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