Agenda Item 5D
February 4,2014
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
January 31, 2014
TO:
County Council
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Robert H. Drummer. Senior Legislative Attorney
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Introduction:
Bill 16-14, Elections - Public Campaign Financing
Bill 16-14, Elections - Public Campaign Financing, sponsored by Councilmembers
Andrews, EIrich, Berliner, Riemer, and Council Vice President Leventhal is scheduled to be
introduced on February 4. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Bill 16-14 would:
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establish a Public Election Fund to provide public campaign financing for a
candidate for a County elective office;
regulate campaign [mance activity of a candidate for County elective office who
voluntarily accepts public campaign financing;
authorize the Maryland State Board of Elections to administer and enforce the
public campaign financing system; and
provide for penalties for violations of the public campaign financing system.
Background
One of the provisions in the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2013 (Chapter 419 of the
2013 Laws of Maryland), enacted by the General Assembly in its 2013 Session, authorizes the
governing body of a county to establish, by law, a public campaign finance system for the
election of County Executive and County Council. A copy of this part of Chapter 419 is at ©13.
Bill 16-14 would implement this authority by establishing a public campaign finance
system for the election of County Executive and County Council. The goal of this Bill is to
encourage greater voter participation in County elections, increase opportunities for more
residents to run for office, and reduce the influence of large contributions from businesses,
political action groups, and other large organizations. Councilmember Andrews explained the
purpose of the Bill in his January 29 memorandum at ©15 and summarized the components of
the Bill at ©16.
The Bill would designate the Maryland State Board of Elections to certify candidates and
generally administer the public campaign financing system. The Director of Finance would be
responsible for establishing the Public Election Fund and distributing the public contributions to
certified candidates. The Council would have to appropriate funds for the Public Election Fund.
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This packet contains:
Bill 16-14
Legislative Request Report
House Bill 1499 (excerpt)
Councilmember Andrews Memorandum
Summary of Bill
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Bill No. _ _ _
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Concerning: Elections
Public
Campaign Financing
Revised: January 31! 2014 Draft No. 15
Introduced:
February 4, 2014
Expires:
August 4,2015
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective:
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Sunset Date: -!..:.N.l::lon..!.lle<--_ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _ Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Andrews, EIrich, Berliner, Riemer, and Council Vice President Leventhal
AN
ACT to:
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establish a Public Election Fund to provide public camprugn financing for a
candidate for a County elective office;
regulate certain campaign finance activity of a candidate for County elective office
who voluntarily accepts public campaign financing;
authorize the Maryland State Board of Elections to administer and enforce the public
campaign financing system;
provide for penalties for violations of the public campaign financing system; and
generally amend the law governing elections for County elective offices.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 16, Elections
Section 16-17
By adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 16, Elections
Article IV, Public Campaign Financing
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Heading or defined term,
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill,
Added by amendment,
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment,
Existing law unaffected by bill
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL No. 16-14
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Sec.
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Section 16-17 is amended as follows:
16-17. Council vacancy - election required.
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Except as otherwise provided in this Section, and to the extent
applicable: .
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The special election must be conducted in a manner consistent
with provisions of state law that govern special elections to fill
vacancies in the office of representative in Congress.
The
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deadlines and time periods required under those provisions of
state law apply to a special Council election unless the Council,
acting under subsection (d) or subsection (e), expressly modifies
them.
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Except as provided in paragraph (1), the general provisions of
state and County law that govern quadrennial elections for
Councilmembers apply to the special election conducted under
this Section.
(d)
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Within 30 days after a Council vacancy occurs, the Council must
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adopt a resolution that:
(A) sets the dates of the special prImary election and the
special general election;
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sets the timeline for certification of
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candidate for public
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campaign financing for the special primary election and
the special general election; and
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takes any other action authorized by this Section or
state law.
If a Councilmember submits a resignation with a later effective date, the
vacancy occurs when the Council receives the resignation.
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Sec. 2. Article IV of Chapter 16 is added as follows:
Article IV. Public Campaign Financing
16-18. Definitions.
In this Article, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
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Applicant candidate
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person who is running for
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covered office and
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certified candidate in
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primary or general election.
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Board
means the Maryland State Board ofElections.
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candidate running for
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covered office who is
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certified as eligible for public campaign fmancing from the Fund.
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Consumer Price Index
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Consumers: All items in Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (CMSA),
as published
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the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor
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successor index.
Contested election
means an election in which there are more candidates for an
office than the number who can be elected to that office. Contested election
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special election held to fill
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vacancy in
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covered office under
Section 16-17.
County Board
means the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
Covered o{fice
means the office of County Executive or County
Council member.
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Director
means the Director of the Department of Finance or the Director's
designee.
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Election cycle
means the primary and general election for the same term of
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means the Public Election Fund.
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Noncertified candidate
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Non-participating candidate
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office who is either
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noncertified candidate or
certified candidate who
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declines to accept
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certified candidate who has received
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primary or general election.
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means money disbursed from the Fund to
candidate.
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Publicly funded campaign account
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campaIgn finance account
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established for the exclusive purpose of receiving qualifying contributions and
spending funds in accordance with this Article.
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donation of at least $5.00 but no more than
$150.00 in support of an applicant candidate that is:
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registered voter of the County;
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receipt that identifies the contributor's name
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and residential address and signed
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the contributor.
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primary election for the office the candidate seeks and ending 45 days before
the date of the primary election. The qualifying period for
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special election
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16-19. Public Election Fund established.
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The Director must create
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Public Election Fund.
continuing and non-lapsing.
The Fund consists of:
This Fund
IS
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all funds appropriated to it
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the County Council;
any unspent money remaining in
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certified candidate's publicly
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funded campaign account after the candidate is no longer
candidate for
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any public contribution plus interest returned to the Fund
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participating candidate who withdraws from participation;
all interest earned on money in the Fund; and
voluntary donations made directly to the Fund.
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16-20. Collectin2 Qualifying Contributions.
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Before raising any contribution governed
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this Article, an applicant
candidate must:
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file notice of intent with the Board on or before April
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year of the election on
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form prescribed
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establish
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publicly funded campaign account for the candidate
for the purpose of receiving contributions and spending funds in
accordance
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Article.
with this
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contribution from an applicant candidate or the candidate's
spouse, an applicant candidate must not accept
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qualifying contribution
from an individual greater than $150.
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applicant candidate or the
candidate's spouse must not contribute more than $6000 each to the
candidate's publicly funded campaign account.
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Annual adjustment.
The Chief Administrative Officer must adjust the
contribution limit established in Subsections
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effective July
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and July
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the annual average increase, if
any, in the Consumer Price Index for the previous calendar year. The
Chief Administrative Officer must calculate the adjustment to the
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cents, and must publish the amount of this
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adjustment not later than March
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of each year.
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certified candidate:
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candidate for Executive must collect at least:
500 qualifying contributions; and
an aggregate total of$40,000;
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candidate for At-Large Councilmember must collect at least:
250 qualifying contributions; and
an aggregate total of $20,000; and
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candidate for District Councilmember must collect at least:
125 qualifying contributions; and
an aggregate total of$10,000.
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An applicant candidate must deposit all qualifying contributions
received into the candidate's publicly funded campaign account.
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applicant candidate must deliver to the Board
each qualifying contribution.
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of
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receipt for
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qualifying period.
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to the Board for certification during the
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The Executive, after consulting with the Board, must adopt regulations
under Method
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that specify:
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how and when receipts for qualifying contributions from
contributors must be submitted to the Board;
the documents that must be filed with the Board for certification;
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the allowable uses of money in
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publicly funded campaign
account; and
other policies necessary to implement this Article.
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The Board must certify an applicant candidate if the Board finds that the
candidate has received the required number of qualifying contributions
and the required aggregate total dollars for the office no later than 10
business days after receiving:
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declaration from the candidate agreemg to follow the
regulations governing the use of
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public contribution; and
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campaign finance report that includes:
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list of each qualifying contribution received;
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list of each expenditure made
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the candidate during the
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qualifying period; and
the receipt associated with each contribution and
expenditure.
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the Board whether to certify
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candidate is final.
A candidate may submit only one application for certification for any
election.
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candidate, the Board must authorize the Director
to disburse
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public contribution to the candidate's publicly funded
campaign account.
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public contribution from the Fund to each
certified candidate
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contested election
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follows:
in a
as
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for
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certified candidate for County Executive, the matching
dollars must equal:
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$6 for each dollar of
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qualifying contribution received for
the first $50 of each qualifying contribution;
$4 for each dollar of
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qualifying contribution received for
the second $50 of each qualifying contribution; and
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$2 for each dollar of
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qualifying contribution received for
the third $50 of each qualifying contribution.
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certified candidate for County Council, the matching dollars
must equal:
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qualifying contribution received for
the first $50 of each qualifying contribution
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$3 for each dollar of
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qualifying contribution received for
the second $50 of each qualifying contribution; and
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qualifying contribution received for
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certified candidate for
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general election must not exceed:
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$750,000 for
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candidate for At Large Councilmember;
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$125,000 for
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candidate for District Councilmember.
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certified candidate for
candidate's spouse.
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contribution from the candidate or the
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A certified candidate may continue to collect qualifying contributions
and receive
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matching public contribution
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to
general election.
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days before
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A qualifying contribution must not
exceed $150 from any individual during an election cycle.
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If the total amount available for distribution in the Fund is insufficient to
meet the allocations required by this Section, the Director must reduce
each public contribution to !! certified candidate by the same percentage
of the total public contribution.
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business days after the County Board certifies the results of the
primary election, the Board must authorize the Director to continue to
disburse the appropriate public contribution for the general election to
each certified candidate who is certified to be on the ballot for the
general election.
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days after the County Board certifies the results of the
primary election, !! participating candidate who is not certified to be on
the ballot for the general election must return any unspent money in the
candidate's publicly funded campaign account to the Fund. Within
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days after the County Board certifies the results of the general election,
!! participating candidate must return any unspent money in the
candidate's publicly funded campaign account to the Fund.
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A certified candidate nominated by petition may receive a public
contribution for the general election if:
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the candidate's nomination is certified by the County Board; and
the candidate did not participate in!! primary election.
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A participating candidate must submit !! receipt for each qualifying
contribution to the Board to receive !! public contribution. The Director
must deposit the appropriate public contribution into !! participating
candidate's publicly funded campaign account within
after the Board authorizes the public contribution.
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business days
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Annual adjustment.
The Chief Administrative Officer must adjust the
public contribution limits established in Subsection (a)(3) and the
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qualifying contribution limit established in Subsection
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effective July
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2016, and July
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of each subsequent year, by the annual average
increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for the previous calendar
year. The Chief Administrative Officer must calculate the adjustment to
the nearest multiple of
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cents, and must publish the amount of this
adjustment not later than March
1
of each year.
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Use
of Public Contribution.
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A participating candidate may only use the qualifying contributions and
the matching public contribution for !! primary or general election for
expenses incurred for the election.
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Within
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days after the County Board certifies the results of the
general election, !! participating candidate must return to the Fund any
unspent money in the candidate's publicly funded campaign account.
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A certified candidate may withdraw an application for !! public
contribution any time before the public contribution is received by the
candidate's publicly funded campaign account.
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A participating candidate may withdraw from participation if the
candidate:
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files!! statement of withdrawal with the Board on a form
prescribed by the Board; and
repays to the Fund the full amount of the public contribution
received, together with the applicable interest established by
regulation.
16-26. Applicant and Participating Candidate Restrictions!
An applicant candidate or !! participating candidate must not:
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accept
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private contribution from an individual greater than $150, or
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to the candidate's publicly funded campaign .account from any
other campaign finance entity established for the candidate; and
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from the candidate's publicly funded campaign account to any
other campaign finance entity.
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Sec. 2.
Effective Date.
This
Bill
takes effect on January.L 2015.
Approved:
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Craig
L.
Rice, President, County Council
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Approved:
Date
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 16-14
Elections
-
Public Campaign Financing
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 16-14 would establish a Public Election Fund to provide public
campaign financing for a candidate for County Executive and County
Council. The Bill would also regulate the campaign finance activity
of a candidate who voluntarily accepts public campaign finance.
State law recently authorized a County to enact a public campaign
finance law for the election of County Executive and County
CounciL Under current law, a candidate for County elective office,
who must raise significant amounts of private donations, will often
need large donations from businesses and other large organizations to
run a campaign.
The goal is to encourage candidates to seek out large numbers of
small donations from County residents and open opportunities for
more people to run for County elective offices.
State Board of Elections, Finance, County Attorney
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Robert H. Drummer, 240-777-7895
Not
applicable.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENAL TIES:
Class A civil violation.
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HOUSE BILL 1499
(excerpt)
13-505.
(A)
(1)
SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, THE
GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY MAY ESTABLISH, BY LAW, A
SYSTEM OF PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING FOR ELECTIVE
OFFICES IN THE EXECUTIVE OR LEGISLATIVE BRANCHES
OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT.
(2)
WHEN ESTABLISHING A SYSTEM OF PUBLIC CAMPAIGN
FINANCING FOR ELECTIVE OFFICES IN THE EXECUTIVE OR
LEGISLATIVE BRANCHES OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT, THE
GOVERNING BODY OF A COUNTY SHALL SPECIFY THE
CRITERIA THAT IS TO BE USED TO DETERMINE WHETHER AN
INDIVIDUAL IS ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC CAMPAIGN
FINANCING.
(B)
A
SYSTEM OF PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING ENACTED UNDER
SUBSECTION
(A)
OF THIS SECTION:
(1) SHALL PROVIDE FOR PARTICIPATION OF CANDIDATES IN
PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING ON A STRICTLY VOLUNTARY
BASIS;
(2)
MAY NOT REGULATE CANDIDATES WHO CHOOSE NOT TO
PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING;
(3)
SHALL PROHIBIT THE USE OF PUBLIC CAMPAIGN
FINANCING FOR ANY CAMPAIGN EXCEPT A CAMPAIGN FOR
COUNTY ELECTIVE OFFICE;
(4) SHALL REQUIRE A CANDIDATE WHO ACCEPTS PUBLIC
CAMPAIGN FINANCINGTO:
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ESTABLISH A CAMPAIGN FINANCE ENTITY SOLELY
FOR THE CAMPAIGN FOR COUNTY ELECTIVE OFFICE;
AND
(II) USE FUNDS FROM THAT CAMPAIGN FINANCE ENTITY
ONLY FOR THE CAMPAIGN FOR COUNTY ELECTIVE
OFFICE;
(5)
SHALL PROHIBIT A CANDIDATE WHO ACCEPTS PUBLIC
CAMPAIGN FINANCING FROM TRANSFERRING FUNDS:
(I)
TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE ENTITY ESTABLISHED TO
FINANCE THE CAMPAIGN FOR COUNTY ELECTIVE
OFFICE FROM ANY OTHER CAMPAIGN FINANCE
ENTITY ESTABLISHED FOR THE CANDIDATE; AND
(II) FROM THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE ENTITY ESTABLISHED
TO FINANCE THE CAMPAIGN FOR COUNTY ELECTIVE
OFFICE TO ANY OTHER CAMPAIGN FINANCE ENTITY;
(6)
SHALL PROVIDE FOR A PUBLIC ELECTION FUND FOR
COUNTY ELECTIVE OFFICES THAT IS ADMINISTERED BY THE
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF THE COUNTY; AND
(7)
SHALL BE SUBJECT TO REGULATION AND OVERSIGHT BY
THE STATE BOARD TO ENSURE CONFORMITY WITH STATE
LAW AND POLICY TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE.
(C)
A
SYSTEM OF PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING ENACTED UNDER
SUBSECTION (A) OF THIS SECTION MAY:
(1)
PROVIDE FOR MORE STRINGENT REGULATION OF
CAMPAIGN FINANCE ACTIVITY BY CANDIDATES WHO
CHOOSE TO ACCEPT PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING,
INCLUDING CONTRIBUTIONS, EXPENDITURES, REPORTING,
AND CAMPAIGN MATERIAL, THAN IS PROVIDED FOR BY
STATE LAW; AND
(2)
PROVIDE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES FOR
VIOLATIONS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE
25A,
§
5
OF
THE CODE.
(I)
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUI\JCIL
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
PHIL ANDREWS
COUNCILMEM8ER· DISTRICT 3
MEMORANDUM
January 29,2014
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Councilmembers
Phil Andrews, Councilmember
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Public financing option for County Council and Executive candidates
Since 2001, the County Council has urged the General Assembly to provide Montgomery
County with the authority to adopt campaign finance reforms. In 2013, the General
Assembly adopted a bill that enables counties to provide for the option of public
financing for county elections beginning with the 2015-18 election cycle. Participation by
candidates would be voluntary.
The goals of Bill 16-14, which is attached, are to reduce the influence of big money in
County elections, encourage more voters to participate in County elections, and to expand
opportunities for more candidates to run for County office who do not have access to big
contributions from interest groups or individuals. The bill provides strong incentives for
candidates to seek small, individual contributions from County voters.
A summary of the bill's major provisions is attached.
The bill is scheduled for introduction on February 4. Please let me know if you would
like to co-sponsor the bill or have any questions or suggestions. I look forward to
working with you on this measure.
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SUMMARY OF BILL16-14
Campaign Finance Reform
• Public Election Fund Established
Requirements for Qualifying
• Notice of Intent must be filed by a candidate prior to collecting qualifying money
• Publicly funded campaign account must be established
• Qualifying contribution - a donation of more than $5.00 but no more than $150 from a
registered voter in Montgomery County·
• Qualifying number of contributions - County Executive - 500; Council At-large - 250
Council - District - 125
Qualifying dollar threshold-$40,OOO County Executive; $20,000 Council At-Large; $10,000
Council District
• Qualifying timing - beginning 365 days before the primary election and ending 45 days before
the primary election
Public Matching Fund Ratios
• Matching dollars - County Executive - $6 for each dollar of a qualifying contribution received for
the first $50; $4 for each dollar for the second $50; $2 for each dollar for the third $50
• Matching dollars - County Council - $4 for each dollar for the first $50; $3 for each dollar for the
second $50; $2 for each dollar for the third $50
Maximum Limits on Public Funds to a Candidate
• County Executive - $750,000; Council At-Large - $250,000; Council District - $125,000 (matching
dollars are not distributed for self/spouse contributions)
Funding for system from general revenues
Allowable Contributions for Participating Candidates
• System is voluntary for candidates, but candidates who participate must limit their fundraising
to individual contributions of $150 or less except for contributions from the candidate or
spouse, which are limited to $6,000 each. No PAC money, labor organization, corporate money.
Application to Slates
• If a candidate is a member of a slate, all slate members must participate in public funding
system for anyone of them to qualify
Other Provisions
• Unspent money must be returned to the fund
• Spending and contribution limits would be adjusted for inflation
Effective Date
• System would be effective beginning for the 2015-18 election cycle