Campaign funding by large donors can reflect enthusiastic support of the donor for the candidate. But it sometimes also reflects efforts by donors to gain increased access to or influence over the candidate. It is important that campaign funding sources be transparent so that the public can review the possible complexities of campaign support for every candidate,
The State of Maryland requires every candidate to report campaign funding sources and expenditures, and the results are summarized at its Campaign Information Reporting website. The results summarized below were gathered from this source.