Campaign Giving Guidelines

General (Non-PAC) Contributions

A person, organization, business or corporation can contribute no more than $4,000 to one campaign finance entity, and a total of $10,000 to all campaign finance entities, during the four-year cycle.

Four-Year Cycle

For example, Sidney Giver contributes $4,000 to the Committee to Elect Bob D. Candidate on April 3, 2012. Sidney Giver cannot make any more contributions to the Committee to Elect Bob D. Candidate until the next four-year cycle begins (in this case January 1, 2015). Sidney Giver next contributes $3,000 to the ABC PAC and $3,000 to the committee, Friends of Joe Incumbent, on March 3, 2012. Since Sidney has now contributed $10,000, he cannot make any more contributions until the next four-year cycle begins.

PAC Transfers - General Limitations

Generally, a PAC may give, or "transfer" no more than $6,000 to another campaign finance entity during the four-year cycle. There is no aggregate limit.

For example, the ABC PAC transfers $4,000 to the Committee to Elect Bob D. Candidate on February 16, 2013. ABC PAC then transfers another $2,000 to the Committee to Elect Bob D. Candidate on January 31, 2014. The ABC PAC cannot make any more transfers to the Committee to Elect Bob D. Candidate until the next four-year cycle begins (in this case January 1, 2015). However, the ABC PAC can still make transfers to any other campaign finance entity not associated with Bob D. candidate, since there is no aggregate limit on transfers.

Source: The Summary Guide to Maryland Candidacy and Campaign Finance Laws

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