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Disclosure of Contributions

Maryland Law requires persons doing business with Maryland Government and person employing lobbyists to file a Disclosure of Contributions. Reports are due every six months on August 5th and February 5th (there is also an initial report that a person doing business with the State is required to file at the time the government contract is entered into).

You can download a Disclosure of Contributions form in PDF format. (What is PDF?).

The Attorney General's Office has provided answers to frequently asked questions about this filing requirement. This document is also in PDF format.

Who is required to file

  1. A person who does business with the State and makes campaign contributions in excess of $500 to a candidate.
    1. A person is doing business with the State if the person is conducting business with one or more government agencies (including the State, any county, municipal corporation, or other political subdivision of the State, and any agencies of the State or its political subdivisions), involving consideration of $100,000 or more.
    2. A person has made an applicable campaign contribution if, during the reporting period, the person has given one or a series of contributions in excess of $500 to a candidate. If the person is a business entity, a contribution by the following are attributable to the business entity:
      1. A subsidiary of the business entity;
      2. An officer, director, or partner of the business entity;
      3. An officer, director, or partner of the subsidiary;
      4. A Political Action Committee sponsored by the business entity; or
      5. An employee or agent of the business entity or of its subsidiary, if the employee or agent makes a contribution at the direction of the business entity or the subsidiary.
    3. Candidate includes any candidate for State or local office and an incumbent officeholder.
  2. A person who provides lobbyist compensation and makes campaign contributions in excess of $500 to a candidate.
    1. A person provides lobbyist compensation if the person spent at least $500 to provide compensation to one or more regulated lobbyists during the six month reporting period.
    2. A person has made an applicable campaign contribution if, during the reporting period, the person has given one or a series of contributions in excess of $500 to a candidate. If the person is a business entity, a contribution by the following are attributable to the business entity:
      1. A subsidiary of the business entity;
      2. An officer, director, or partner of the business entity;
      3. An officer, director, or partner of the subsidiary;
      4. A Political Action Committee sponsored by the business entity; or
      5. An employee or agent of the business entity or of its subsidiary, if the employee or agent makes a contribution at the direction of the business entity or the subsidiary.
    3. Candidate includes a candidate for, or an official holding, the office Governor; Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, or member of the General Assembly.

Special Rules for Not-for-Profit Organizations

  1. A contribution made by an individual who serves as a trustee or member of the board of directors of a not-for-profit organization is not attributable to the organization and does not need to be reported unless:
    1. The contribution is made at the recommendation of the organization; or
    2. The individual who made the contribution is paid by the organization.
  2. A contribution by an officer of a not-for-profit organization is attributable to the organization and must be reported unless the officer is not paid and the organization is filing this disclosure report only because it employs a lobbyist.