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Report: Campaign cash from bail industry surged as state considered reforms

from The Washington Post

The bail bond industry poured $87,000 into the campaign coffers of Maryland politicians in 2016, according to a report released Wednesday by Common Cause Maryland. The influx of donations came as the General Assembly prepared to consider whether to alter or eliminate cash bail for most poor defendants. From 2011 to 2014, donations from bail bondsmen, their affiliates and insurance surety company officials averaged about $38,425 a year, according to the report, less than half of what was given to lawmakers last year. more

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