Whom Do At-large Seats Serve
The history of the Council is that most of the District seats have been funded over the years by special interests: developers, labor unions, County contractors and utility companies. Council Term limits have created an opportunity for grass roots candidates to be able to compete for open seats. It’s tough to beat the special interest candidates, but it can happen.
HOWEVER, to win a County-wide election costs a LOT of money - hundreds of thousands of dollars. No grass roots candidate can compete.
Developers - previously the main source of campaign contributions - are now prohibited from giving directly to Council candidates. Good? Well, no. This was set up by County Senators to control who gets on the Council and what they do. Developers (and other special interests) give their contributions to Senators who can then transfer funds to Council candidates or spend money on their behalf. The “ethics reform” of 2011 was an illusion that merely created another layer putting certain political leaders in control of which candidates will be the best funded.
If we add the new At-Large Seats, the favored Council candidates will then be placed on political slates and campaign together with their political patrons. In the end, the 2 At-Large winners will be beholden to someone other than you.
What Will Really Happen?
At-Large Council members will nominally represent every person in the County, but their interests will lie with those that got them elected. This occurs now with District-based members, as we see special zoning laws passed, sprawl development that makes no sense for the public good while Metro stations sit undeveloped, congested roads and over-crowded schools that see more development, unfunded repairs for schools and neighborhood streets, and so on.
Here is what will really happen:
To raise $300,000 or more to run Countywide, Developers and Special Interests will fund At-Large candidates.
At-Large candidates will rely on Senator & Executive Slates, hurting grassroots candidates.
Winning candidates will be responsive to the demands of their funders, NOT the People that vote for them.
It will be very difficult for grassroots candidates to compete. If Prince George’s County voters approve Question D, we will get the government we deserve, and it won’t be a good thing.
|1||09/30/2014||Technology Investors, LLC||2560 Lord Baltimore Dr, Baltimore, MD 21244||$4,000|
|2||09/30/2014||Maryland Science and Technolog CTR, LLC||2560 Lord Baltimore Dr, Baltimore, MD 21244||$4,000|
|3||09/30/2014||Maryland Science and Technology, LLC||2560 Lord Baltimore Dr, Baltimore, MD 21244||$4,000|
|4||10/02/2014||Lanham LLLP||10100 Business Parkway, Lanham MD 20706||$25,000|
|5||10/02/2014||MLK Beltway, LLC||10100 Business Parkway, Lanham MD 20706||$25,000|
|6||10/03/2014||Whittingdon, LLC||2560 Lord Baltimore Dr, Baltimore, MD 21244||$3,000|
|7||10/03/2014||Patapsco Avenue, LLC||2560 Lord Baltimore Dr, Baltimore, MD 21244||$3,000|
|8||10/03/2014||St. John Escrow||2560 Lord Baltimore Dr, Baltimore, MD 21244||$4,000|
|9||10/03/2014||Hawkins, Calvin||1110 Merganser, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774||$50|
|10||10/03/2014||Knecht||2560 Lord Baltimore Dr, Baltimore, MD 21244||$3,000|
|11||10/14/2014||Community First Development Corp, LLC||4649 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave, NE, Washington D.C. 20019||$6,000|
|12||10/17/2014||Prince George's County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Assoc||16701 Melford Boulevard, Ste. 124 Bowie, MD 20715||$10,000|
|13||10/17/2014||Southern Management Corporation, Distribution Account||1950 Old Gallows, Vienna VA 22182||$5,000|
|14||10/21/2014||2 Research Place, LLC||2 Research Place, Ste. 100, Rockville, MD 20850||$1,000|
|15||10/21/2014||EBA Engineering Inc, Consulting Engineers||4813 Seton Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215||$2,500|
|16||10/22/2014||Gingles, LLC||11785 Beltsville Dr, Ste. 1350, Beltsville, MD 20705||$1,000|
|17||10/21/2014||Peterson, Jon||12500 Fair Lakes Circle, Ste. 400, Fairfax VA 22033||$5,000|
|18||10/21/2014||Peterson, Milton||12500 Fair Lakes Circle, Ste. 400, Fairfax VA 22033||$5,000|
|19||10/24/2014||Walton International Group (USA) Inc.||4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 400, Scottsdale AZ 85251||$20,000|
|20||10/30/2014||Milestone Tower Limited Partnership III||12110 Sunset Hills Road, Ste. 100, Reston, VA 20190||$5,000|
|21||10/31/2014||Comcast Coorporation & NBC Universal Political Action Committee||One Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103||$1,000|
|22||10/31/2014||Apartment and Office Building Association Maryland State PAC||1060 17th Street, N.W., Ste. 300, Washington D.C. 20036||$4,000|
|23||11/17/2014||Fraternal Order of Police, Prince George's County Lodge 89, Inc.||PO Box 510, Lothian MD 20711||$2,000|