The State Ethics Commission has fined Annapolis lobbyist...

REGIONAL DIGEST

November 11, 1998|By From staff reports

ANNAPOLIS — The State Ethics Commission has fined Annapolis lobbyist Joel D. Rozner $500 for failing to disclose more than $200,000 spent on behalf of a client.

According to the reprimand, Rozner reported in a May 1997 disclosure report receiving $34,500 in fees from Charity Gaming Association. After the commission questioned no listing of expenditures by his client, Rozner filed an amended report showing that more than $202,000 was spent trying unsuccessfully to continue charity gaming in Prince George's County.

"This was the result of my former firm making an unfortunate mistake in reporting," Rozner said, referring to the firm then known as Evans, Rozner & Steirhoff, which he left in May. "Because I was the registered lobbyist, the ultimate responsibility fell to me. It was simply an oversight."

United Way $9 million short of its fund-raising goal

The United Way of Central Maryland Inc. has collected almost $30 million in pledges and cash in its 1998 drive, compared with $25 million at this time last year, Donald P. Hutchinson, campaign chairman, announced yesterday.

Hutchinson said more than $9 million must be collected in the next two months to reach the drive's goal of $39.4 million. This is $1.6 million more than was raised last year, the fourth straight year of increased donations.

Eighty-seven companies are running campaigns for the first time. United Way expects to announce the final results of its campaign in mid-January.

ANNAPOLIS -- The Board of Public Works decided yesterday to submit a plan to erect a statue of the late Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein in Annapolis to the General Assembly for approval.

Last week, Comptroller Robert L. Swann said he planned to move forward with his plan to spend $100,000 to design the statue and an undetermined amount to erect it without waiting for Assembly authorization. That plan drew objections from some legislators.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening said that while the comptroller had acted out of "the best of motives," the proper procedure must be followed. Swann said that he agreed with the decision by his fellow board members, Glendening and Treasurer Richard N. Dixon.

Pub Date: 11/11/98

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