A protest in front of the U.S. Capitol building in 2011.

A protest in front of the U.S. Capitol building in 2011.

From Montgomery County’s strict new limits to campaign funding to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s fines for illegal donations, campaign financing remains a major issue in the region. Advocates of campaign finance reform argue that it levels the electoral playing field and curbs corporate influence, while opponents say it limits free speech of donors. We discuss the impact of donations on D.C. and Maryland politics and the gap in fundraising between Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates.


  • Aquene Freechild Campaign Co-Director of Public Citizen's Democracy Is For People Campaign.
  • John Samples Vice President, Pulisher, Cato Institute; author, "The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History and the Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform."
  • Alan Suderman Virginia State House Reporter, The Associated Press; @AlanSuderman

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