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Ethics Law Enforcement

Public Orders

Conflict of Interest
Financial Disclosure
Lobbying

Filing a Complaint

Anyone may file a complaint with the Commission alleging a violation of the Public Ethics Law by an employee, official or lobbyist. The Public Ethics law requires that a complaint be in writing and signed under oath. The Office of Attorney General has advised the oath requirement mandates that a complaint be notarized. In addition, a complaint should include the following:

  • The name, address and telephone number of the person making the complaint
  • The name, title and address of the employee, official or lobbyist the complaint is against
  • A concise description of the conduct or action which demonstrates that the employee, official or lobbyist violated the Public Ethics Law
  • Copies of any and all documents supporting the allegations. Please note: documents will not be returned, so please retain the originals and send copies to the Commission
  • A complaint may be mailed or hand-delivered. Complaints sent by e-mail or facsimile will not be accepted

If a complaint is accepted by the Commission, information related to the complaint, including the identity of the complainant and respondent, may not be disclosed by the Commission, its staff, the respondent or the complainant.

Other Units of Government Administering the Public Ethics Law

Complaints alleging violations of the Public Ethics Law by judges should be filed with the Commission on Judicial Disabilities.

Complaints alleging violations of the Public Ethics Law by members of the General Assembly, other than those related to financial disclosure statements, should be filed with the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. Dea Daly, Ethics Counsel 4109465200

Criminal violations of the Public Ethics Law should be referred to the Office of the State Prosecutor.

Local, County and Municipal Government

The Commission does not have jurisdiction over local, county or municipal officials and employees and cannot accept complaints against those individuals. Similarly, it does not act as an appellate body for matters heard before local ethics boards or commissions. Complaints against those individuals should be directed to the local, county or municipal ethics board or commission.

Anne Arundel County
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Frederick City
Frederick County
Prince George’s County
Montgomery County

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I file a complaint regarding housing or employment discrimination?
A. Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

Q. How do I file a complaint against an attorney?
A. Attorney Grievance Commission

Q. How do I file a consumer complaint?
A. Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division

Q. How do I file a complaint regarding a violation of the Maryland Open Meeting Act?
A. Office of the Attorney General, Open Meeting Compliance Board

Q. How do I contact the Governor?
A. Office of the Governor