Md. GOP says Democrats use same lobbying tactics

January 11, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The state Republican Party accused Democrats yesterday of engaging in the same lobbying tactics that the Democratic Party is alleging are illegal.

The Democratic Party asked the state prosecutor's office to examine radio advertisements launched by the Republican Party last week.

The ads constitute an illegal lobbying effort because they seek to influence the outcome of legislative votes on veto overrides, Democrats say. The Republican Party is not registered as a lobbyist.

Democrats also filed a complaint yesterday with the Maryland State Ethics Commission, which regulates lobbyists.

State Republican Party Chairman John Kane said yesterday that Democrats have used the same lobbying technique by sending e-mails that ask supporters to contact Republicans.

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