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  • In The News: A manifesto to mend our politics

    David Ignatius,  The Washington Post

    It has become a truism that the American political system is suffering from dysfunction. But weirdly, even the insurgent candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, don’t talk much about how they would fix it. This is a populist insurgency without a clear manifesto.

    So it’s refreshing to hear Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) present a detailed action plan to try to repair what’s broken. This proposal isn’t a cure-all. It wouldn’t fix the immigration problem or fund Social Security or fight terrorism. But by changing the way we fund elections, this proposal could make it easier to elect the politicians who would make the U.S. government work again for its citizens.

    Sarbanes presents his proposal in the current issue of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. It’s a simple idea: Congress should free itself from big-money, special-interest domination by encouraging an alternative system of small contributions that would be matched with public funds. This isn’t a new idea — Teddy Roosevelt proposed a version back in 1907 — but it’s a good one, and a way to start curing what ails us.

    Continue reading here.

  • Light City's Neighborhood Lights- Hampden

    Last night I was able to stop by the Light City Neighborhood Lights installation in Hampden, which is located in the Third District. Below is my interview with MICA faculty member Diana Reichenbach who put together an amazing interactive community art piece.

     

  • Light City Baltimore 2016

    Light City is kicking off this week in Baltimore and I am very excited for all of the various parts of the third district (the Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Little Italy, Fells Point, & Hampden) that will be participating! 

    Baltimore was the 1st city in America to light our streets with gas lanterns proving that we’ve always been a city of innovators! I am excited to see an event come together that will show the rest of the country why so many young people and start ups are starting to call Baltimore home.

    If you'd like more information on Light City click here to see their full list of events!

  • Sarbanes Endorsed by MD/DC AFL-CIO

    Thank you to the Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO for endorsing my bid for re-election. I am proud to be part of the labor team. We need to make sure that the issues which affect working people are front and center during this election cycle.

  • 2016 Annoucement

    I am happy to announce that I will be running for re-election in Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. 

     

    Click here to read the entire annoucement. 

  • In The News: Around Pasadena- Fed grant to benefit Fort Smallwood Park, Hancock's Resolution

    "This will launch an educational partnership around the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail," Sarbanes said. TTEC aims to educate students about the state's role in the War of 1812 by getting them out of the classroom and onto historic sites.

    Continue reading here. 

  • In The News: Towson Park Receives Grant from National Park Service

    “The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is an important connection to the outdoors and a vital link to our local history,” Sarbanes said in a statement. “With the support of the National Park Service, more Maryland teachers will be able to provide students with rich, hands-on learning experiences about our local history and about protecting our local trails and public lands.”

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  • In The News: New documentary takes a look at prescription drug abuse epidemic

    Now, our nation's leaders are calling it a public health crisis that has reached epidemic proportions. It is getting so bad that it is getting attention from Hollywood to the halls of Congress. Even the president is getting aggressive in the fight.

    Read the entire story here.

  • In The News: Howard County Council members propose 'citizen funded campaign system

    Two Howard County Council members proposed a new publicly funded campaign system Monday that matches small campaign donations using public funds.

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  • In The News: Diluting the power of big money

    THOSE OF US who cherish the First Amendment often argue that the best antidote to offensive speech is not a ban or regulation, but simply more speech. A similar logic supports a bill in Congress that would rebalance the grotesque influence of big money in political campaigns by giving a louder voice to small donors. “We’re not restricting anyone’s speech,” said US Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland, sponsor of the bill. ‘‘We’re adding speech.”

    Continue reading here.

  • Happy Anniversary AFL-CIO

    Please join me in celebrating everything the AFL-CIO has done and continues to do for working families. You can sign their 65th Anniversary card today by clicking here: www.JohnSarbanes.com/AFLCIO65

  • We Need Praisner

    Click here to read my statemnet on why I am strongly opposed the decision by the Montgomery County Board of Elections to close the Marilyn J. Praisner early voting location. 

  • Secretary Clinton’s Proposal to Fight Big Money in Politics

    Eariler this week Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton released a Proposal to Restore Integrity to American ElectionsSecretary Clinton’s effort to fight big money in politics is a robust and comprehensive policy proposal that will put our democracy back into the hands of everyday Americans. By amplifying the power of small donations and enabling every American to have a voice in our government, we can curb the undue influence of big money in politics and return to a government of, by and for the people. I applaud the Secretary’s commitment to this issue and believe there’s no better candidate to advance reforms that strengthen our democracy.

  • The Sarbanes Signal Episode 1

    Listen to the first episode of The Sarbanes Signal. To learn more about the show and sign up for alerts click here

  • The Intercept's Series On HR 20

    Recently The Intercept's Jon Schwarz did a series of articles focusing on The Government By People Act. 

     
     
  • HuffPost Live Interview with Alyona Minkovski

    I was recently on HuffPost Live's Political Junkies dicussing money in politics and the Government By the People Act (HR 20).

    Click below to watch the interview. 

  • We the Podcast: Money in Politics

    I recently got a chance to talk about money in politics on Rep Keith Ellison's We the Podcast. Be sure to give it a listen (just 10 mins long) and let me know what you think!

  • John Sarbanes Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

    Throughout her career in public life, Hillary Clinton has focused on the struggle of working families, with a special commitment to issues affecting women and children.  I believe that she will fight for everyday citizens when it comes to education, health care, the environment and civil rights, that she will lift up small businesses struggling on main street and that she will bring forceful leadership to the international stage.  There is no one more qualified to serve as our 45th President and I am pleased to endorse her candidacy. 

     

     

  • Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling

    Today the Supreme Court made history by ruling that same-sex couples will now have their marriages recognized in every state. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made as a nation on this important issue. Our founders wrote that all people are created equal and now every American is able to marry the person they love.

  • What's the PAC footprint in DC?

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    That's right I was the only member in the whole country who took no money from PACs. The problem is I still have to raise dollars for my campaign.  So if I’m giving up the PAC money, I need your help!

     
    Please make a donation of $20 today to help me stay PAC-free and be part of something new.

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