COMMISSION TO STUDY CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW

Bruce L. Marcus, Esq., Chair (chosen jointly by Senate President & House Speaker)

Appointed by Governor: Carl H. Francioli; Larry S. Gibson, Esq.; William D. Missouri. Terms expire 2013.

Appointed by Senate President: Joanne C. Benson; Jamel R. (Mel) Franklin; Bill Ferguson; J. B. Jennings; Martin G. Madden; Bruce L. Marcus, Esq.

Appointed by House Speaker: Jon S. Cardin; Ronald A. George; Bruce L. Robinson; Joseph E. Sandler, Esq.; Diana K. Saquella; Michael G. Summers.

Ex officio: Linda H. Lamone, Esq., State Administrator of Elections; Michael W. Lord, Esq.; Executive Director, State Ethics Commission.

Staff: Scott D. Kennedy; Theodore E. King; Stanford D. Ward.

c/o Dept. of Legislative Services
Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 946-5530, (301) 970-5530

Staff: Jared DeMarinis

c/o State Board of Elections
P. O. Box 6486
151 West St., Suite 200, Annapolis, MD 21401 - 0486
(410) 269-2853
e-mail: jared.demarinis@maryland.gov

The Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law was authorized in May 2011 (Joint Resolution no. 1, Acts of 2011). The Commission examined those parts of the State election code that relate to campaign financing, and also collected information about similar laws, including federal laws, and similar practices in other jurisdictions. The source of, role, and current limits of campaign contributions was considered by the Commission. Further, issues concerning the feasibility of a voluntary system of public financing were examined, as well as the role of candidate slates. Also, responsibility for enforcing election laws was scrutinized by the Commission.

On December 31, 2012, the Commission submitted its final report to the Governor and General Assembly. Authorization for the Commission ended June 30, 2013.

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