Frederick's law regarding how much business owners can donate to candidates in elections should mirror the state's law, the city's Board of Supervisors of Elections decided Wednesday.
The board will recommend to the mayor and Board of Aldermen that they pass an amendment to the city's election law that limits the amount a person who owns multiple business entities, such as limited liability corporations, is able to donate to each candidate.
Anne Leffler, the board's president, said the change is long overdue.
The business owner would be limited to the same amounts allowed to a resident or corporation — $2,500 to one mayoral candidate and $1,000 to one aldermanic candidate — no matter how many business entities that person owns or is making donations from.
The mayor and board may consider the proposal during a public hearing in October.
Residents raised concern about the issue after The Frederick News-Post published an article on the topic, said Saundra Nickols, the city's attorney.
The article outlined how, before the first filing campaign finance deadline, Delegate Galen Clagett received about half of his $60,000 in donations from businesses associated with two people. Alderwoman Karen Young, one of his rival mayoral candidates in the Democratic primary, received about 15 percent of her $49,000 in donations from businesses associated with one person.
Legislators voted in the General Assembly this year to change the law in the state to limit the business owners to the same rules as others. The change will take effect in 2015.
Alderwoman Carol Krimm suggested that the city take a look at an ordinance regarding the law.
If passed, the city's law will not change until the next election cycle.