About

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.

Community Meeting

Program Overview

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.

Commission Information
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Commission Timeline & History
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April 2013

  • The Maryland General Assembly passed the Campaign Reform Act, which authorized Maryland counties to establish a campaign finance system for County Executive and County Council races.

April 5th, 2016

  • The Howard County Council passed a resolution (4-1) to amend the County Charter to establish a Citizens’ Election Fund.

November 4th, 2016

  • Howard County residents voted to adopt the amendment with 52% voting in favor.

June 5th, 2017

  • The Howard County Council comprised of Jon Weinstein, Calvin Ball, Jen Terrasa, Mary Kay Sigaty, and Greg Fox at the time, passed a bill to create a public finance system for candidates who turn down large donations.

June 13th, 2017

  • Then-County Executive Allan Kittleman vetoed the bill.

July 3rd, 2017

  • The Howard County Council voted (4-1) to override then County Executive Kittleman’s veto, establishing the fund per the charter amendment and creating the Citizens Election Fund Commission to oversee the process.

January 2019

  • Donations to the fund became available to residents either online or through their quarterly water and sewer bills.

May 2019

  • The Citizens Election Fund was established, and they had their first meeting the following June.

May 2020

  • The County Council approved County Executive Calvin Ball’s proposal to allocate $750,000 to support the Citizens Election Fund.

May 2021

  • The County Council approved County Executive Calvin Ball’s proposal to allocate $500,000 to support the Citizens Election Fund.
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Commission Members
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  • Ms. Suzanne Geckle (Chair)
  • Mr. Douglas Miller (Vice-Chair)
  • Ms. Ginna Rodriguez-Panqueva
  • Ms. Jennifer Bevan-Dangel
  • Ms. Wendy Slaughter
  • Mr. David Loeffler
  • Vacancy
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Fund Donations
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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.

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Program Overview Presentation
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Program Overview

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund Frequently Asked Questions.

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Summary Guide
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Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund Summary Guide.

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Adopted Rules of Procedure
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Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund Adopted Rules of Procedure.

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2021-2022 Reporting Timeline
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Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund 2021-2022 Reporting Timeline.

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Qualifying Contribution Match Reference Guide
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Please use the link below to see the Citizens’ Election Fund Qualifying Contribution Match Reference Guide.

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Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System Help Desk (MDCRIS)
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Websitewww.elections.state.md.us 
Email[email protected]
Phone: 410-269-2880
Fax: 410-974-2019
Business Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00 PM, M – F

MDCRIS User Manual

Meeting Agendas & Minutes
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2021
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June

April

January

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2020
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November

October

August

June

January

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2019
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November

August

June

Next Schedule Meeting

Our next meeting has been rescheduled from Tuesday, September 7th to Tuesday October 12th. The meeting will be conducted as a virtual Webex meeting/conference call. To join, please call 1-650-479-3207. The meeting number (access code) is 172-591-1950.

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