3430 Court House Dr
Ellicott City, MD 21043
3430 Court House Dr
The Citizens’ Election Fund provides matching County funds to candidates for County Council and County Executive based on qualified contributions to participating candidates. The Fund was created to provide public campaign financing to a candidate in a County office in an effort to reduce the role of large private contributions during the election process and instead encourage small, private donations.
The attached presentation include a brief overview of the Citizens’ Election Fund program, available resources, the participation progress, types of contributions and the applicable requirements. The second part of the presentation covers how to file reports through MDCRIS and provide additional information on disbursements and other pertinent information. The attached PDF has built in hyperlinks to allow for easy navigation.
April 5th, 2016
November 4th, 2016
June 5th, 2017
June 13th, 2017
July 3rd, 2017
Donations made to the Citizens’ Election Fund go toward Maryland State Board of Elections certified candidates who opt to participate in the program. Citizens wishing to make donations to the Citizens’ Election Fund, via credit card, may do so with the link below.
Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund Frequently Asked Questions. Revised 9/6/2022.
Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund Summary Guide. Revised June 28, 2022.
Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund Adopted Rules of Procedure. Rules of Procedure were revised on 10/12/2021.
Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund 2021-2022 Reporting Timeline.
Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund Qualifying Contribution Match Reference Guide.
Any person may file a complaint alleging an impermissible receipt of or use of Citizens’ Election Fund monies.
(1) Complaints shall be in writing and made under oath, presented to the Commission, alleging a violation of the Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund law.
(2) The Commission shall notify the candidate within 10 business days that a complaint was filed and may require that the candidate provide the Commission with reasonable access to the financial records of the candidate’s Citizen Funded Campaign.
(3) If there is a reasonable basis for believing a violation has occurred, then the subject of the complaint shall be afforded an opportunity for a hearing conducted in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Commission.
(4) Should the Commission determine that there has been an impermissible receipt or use of funds by a participating candidate, the Commission shall notify the candidate in writing of such finding. The Commission shall take appropriate action which may include repayment of any funds by the candidate’s campaign or individually, a referral to the Office of Law, and/or referral to the Attorney General.
(5) Until a final determination by the Commission, all actions regarding a complaint shall be treated confidentially.
To file a complaint, email [email protected]
Our next meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be conducted at the George Howard Building, 1st Floor, Columbia-Ellicott City Conference Room, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043.