MD Board Proposes Restricting Campaign Fund Uses

Baltimore Sun: “New rules proposed by the State Board of Elections would forbid candidates from dipping into their political funds to pay for such things as foreign travel, tuition or mounting a legal defense to charges unrelated to the campaign.”

“The new election rules address questions such as how campaign contributions may be raised and spent. DeMarinis said many of them reflect long-standing “guidance” letters from the attorney general’s office. He said the Office of the State Prosecutor advised him that converting that advice into regulations would make it easier to enforce election laws.

“In addition to the ban on some uses of campaign funds, the board is proposing explicit rules on what actions violate the state’s longtime ban on legislators and statewide elected officials raising money during the General Assembly session.”

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