Attorney General Gansler's Advisory Committee on Campaign Finance Seeks Public Input
MD ( Nov. 9, 2010) -Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's Advisory Committee on Campaign Finance is seeking public input as the group studies a variety of issues concerning Maryland's campaign finance regulations and laws to examine whether change is needed. The Committee, an informal bipartisan group, consists of key legislators, counsel for the two major political parties, representatives of the State Board of Election, and deputy attorneys general. The Advisory Committee has identified the following issues for study and possible modification:
- Clarification of the definition and operation of slates;
- Disclosure requirements, including identification of entities subject to disclosure requirements, frequency of disclosure and triggering events, in light of the Citizens United decision;
- Revision of aggregate contribution limits;
- Permissibility and regulation of contributions made through electronic means;
- Regulation of use of new media in campaigns;
- Exploratory committees and the timing of candidacies;
- Treatment of party administrative expenses;
- Role of limited liability companies in campaign finance;
- Distinguishing permissible uses of campaign funds from prohibited uses;
- Administrative issues faced by campaign treasurers related to holding, investing, disbursing, and accounting for campaign funds, and;
- Loans to campaigns by candidates and third parties.
The Advisory Committee welcomes public comment and suggestions concerning these issues. Please send any comments no later than December 6, 2010 to Ru Belt at the Office of the Attorney General, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore MD 21202 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.