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Independent Expenditure Requirements

Maryland Law requires registration and report filing with the State Board of elections (SBE) by any person who makes aggregate independent expenditures of $10,000 or more in an election cycle on campaign material.

How does a person register an Independent Expenditure Entity with SBE:

Register your Independent Expenditure entity.

When are the reports due:

If the campaign material relates to a candidate, the person shall file an independent expenditure report with the State Board on the next date that the candidate’s authorized candidate campaign committee is required to file a campaign finance report under § 13–309.

If the campaign material relates to a ballot issue, the person shall file an independent expenditure report with the State Board on the next date the ballot issue committee is required to file a campaign finance report under § 13–309.

Following the closing date of the person’s previous independent expenditure report, the person shall file additional independent expenditure reports on the next scheduled campaign finance report due if that person makes aggregate independent expenditures of $10,000 or more for campaign material.

See the Reporting Schedule for dates.

What information is required on the Independent Expenditure Report:

The report shall include a detailed accounting on every expenditure made; including the name of the candidate or ballot issue to which the independent expenditure relates and whether it supports or opposes that candidate or ballot issue.  Additionally, the report shall include the names and address of any donors associated with the independent expenditure. 

For more information see COMAR 33.13.08.03.