- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan wants to replenish the public campaign finance fund that helped him win in November.

Hogan said in his State of the State speech Wednesday that he will submit legislation to reinstate the voluntary check-off which allows a taxpayer to make a donation to the state’s public campaign financing system.

Hogan, a Republican, became the first gubernatorial candidate to win the election in Maryland using public campaign finance funds. He received about $2.6 million for his campaign, and he was limited to spending that much.

Heather Mizeur also used public campaign finance funds in her unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for governor last year.

The fund has been drained down to under $1.5 million, which would not be enough to fund candidates at the levels it did.

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