February 6 was the last day a political committee could submit a campaign finance report using ELECTrack EFS. ELECTrack EFS was discontinued and is no longer a method to file reports. The political committee will have to "Reconnect to Your Committee" on MD CRIS and file using the new system. If you have any questions, lease contact the Division of Candidacy and Campaign Finance at 410-269-2880.
- Search the Campaign Finance Database
(MDCRIS provide by the State Board of Elections)
Search the database to find information about contributions to candidates and campaigns in Maryland, and expenditures made by candidates and campaigns.
: The State Board of Elections (SBE
) guarantees that the information on this website reflects exactly what has been filed by the campaign committee treasurers. However, SBE
makes no warranty as to the accuracy or correctness of the information reported. In other words, if a campaign committee reports information inaccurately, those inaccuracies will be a part of this database.
Important notations: Some contributors may have one of the following notations after their name:
- Administrative: Indicates that the contribution was given to the recipient to cover the cost of administrative expenses. An administrative contribution does not count towards the contributor's contribution limits.
- Returned: Indicates that the contribution was returned to the contributor. The amount of a returned contribution is deducted from the contributor's aggregate contribution total.
Report data electronically filed will be posted on this website weekly.
A campaign committee is one of several different types of committees that may be filed with either the State Board of Elections or a county board of elections. The different types of campaign committees include:
- Candidate Committees
- Political Action Committees
- Party Central Committees
- Ballot Issue Committees
All campaign committees that file their Campaign Finance Reports with the State Board of Elections are part of the campaign finance database. The following committees file with the State Board of Elections:
- All candidate committees for State candidates including, Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, State Senator, House of Delegates, and Judicial candidates (except Judge of the Orphans' Court).
- All PACs that support or oppose State candidates.
- Ballot Issue Committees that support or oppose a statewide ballot question.
- All party central committees (both State and local).
- Candidate committees for local candidates and PACs that support or oppose local candidates (candidates for all county offices and Judge of the Orphans' Court) if the candidate committee is a continuing committee.
Campaign committees that file with the State Board of Elections are generally required to file their reports in an electronic format using software provided by SBE or by a private vendor. The information is sent by the filers to SBE either on a diskette or via the Internet. Once received by SBE, the data is uploaded to a master database.
Certain campaign accounts that have minimal financial activity are exempt from the electronic filing requirement. However, their data is manually entered into the database by the SBE staff.
The database begins with data from the 11/23/1999 Baltimore City Post General Report. For the many of the campaign committees, the 11/23/1999 report covers all transaction in 1999. However, certain campaign accounts that were participating in the Baltimore City election filed reports earlier in the year and therefore their 11/23/1999 report only includes transactions beginning on 10/18/1999. It should also be noted that several campaign committees who were participating in the Baltimore City election did file some of their earlier reports electronically.
Campaign committees must report all money received, all money spent, and all unpaid loans and debt. Specifically the information must include:
- The name and address of each contributor, the amount contributed, and the aggregate amount of all contributions by that contributor. In addition, contributors must be classified as either an individual, business entity, federal committee, political club, candidate account, central committee or PAC.
- The name and address of each individual who receives money from the campaign committee and the amount of money received. In addition, each expenditure must be classified by one of 13 different purposes such as salaries, rent, field expenses, post or printing.
- The name and address of each person to whom the committee owes money. If the money owed was from a loan, the amount of interest charged and paid must also be reported along with the terms of the loan.
Reports are filed in conjunction with an election. Accordingly whenever there is a primary election, a campaign committee must file two pre-primary reports. When there is a general election, the committee must file a pre-general report and a post general report. For example, in 2004 the following reports were filed:
Reporting Schedule for 2004
||3rd Wednesday in January of each year
|Pre Primary 1
||4th Tuesday Preceding the Primary Election
|Pre Primary 2
||2nd Friday Preceding the Election
||2nd Preceding the Election
||3rd Tuesday following the General Election
This year, campaign finance reports will be filed according to this Reporting Schedule.
A committee can file an Affidavit stating that they are not planning on participating in the current election If such an affidavit is filed on or before the first pre-primary report deadline, then the committee only owes the post general report.
In addition, non-continuing committees only file the entire series of reports in the year that they designate as their year of activity. After that they are expected to close their account. However, if they have outstanding obligations, they must continue to report until all of the outstanding obligations are satisfied. In such cases, they are required to file a report six months and then one year after the General Election in which they were active and then annually after that until they close their campaign account.
For more information on this subject, please see Chapter 10 of the Summary Guide.
The amount of money given by a donor is subject to the limits specified under Maryland law (see Chapter 8 of the Summary Guide). In certain instances, the amount of money that is listed may seem to exceed the these limits. However, in most instances one of the following reasons explains the apparent over-contribution:
- Campaign committees are allowed to report contributions under $51.00 as a lump sum. For example, Committee to Elect John Jones holds a fundraiser in which $20 tickets are sold. If the committee sells 500 tickets, it can lump sum report the $10,000 received from ticket sales.
- Slates and the committees for the candidates associated with the slate are allowed to transfer unlimited sums of money between one another.
- Pursuant to 1975 and 1978 Opinions of the Attorney General, 60 OAG 259 (1975) and 63 OAG 263 (1978), political parties are allowed to receive administrative contributions that do not count towards the contributors' contribution limits, provided the money is used for the regular and ongoing administrative activities of the party. The same exception is applicable to corporations that make contribution to their corporate PAC.
If you have questions about a contribution or its legality, please feel free to contact this office for more information.