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MARYLAND ELECTION BOARD RULES $10,000 AGGREGATE CONTRIBUTION LIMIT NOT ENFORCEABLE

April 14, 2014

In a memo dated April 11, 2014, and in response to a recent Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Maryland State Board of Elections ruled that the $10,000 aggregate contribution limit in Md Election Law Article 13-226(b)(2) is unconstitutional and may not be enforced.  Previously, the law limited a contributor (including an individual, corporation,  or other business entity) to a maximum $10,000 in aggregate contributions to all candidates over the four-year election cycle.

IMPORTANT:  While the aggregate contribution limit is no longer applicable, the limit of $4,000 to any single candidate or political committee still applies.  Therefore, over the four-year election cycle from 1/1/2011 through 12/31/2014, a contributor may not give more than $4,000 to any single candidate.  Further, the rule regarding aggregation among corporations and wholly owned subsidiaries still applies.

Finally, the rules and requirements governing Maryland Campaign Finance Law are extensive and complex.  Please seek legal consultation to address any specific questions or concerns, or to ensure your practices comply with the law.

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