Maryland's Republican party Monday said that a slew of Democratic elected officials, including President Barack Obama, Gov. Martin O'Malley and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, return thousands of dollars in campaign funds donated by Richard Stewart, a politically connected businessman who pleaded guilty last week to failing to pay $4 million in taxes.
UPDATE: Cummings will donate the funds he received to "a charity," said Vernon Simms, chief of staff to the Congressman.
UPDATE: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will "look into" the matter. Because of the holiday, there "hasn't been a discussion" on the issue, said Earl Adams, chief of staff to Brown.
Stewart, a Mitchellville businessman, was a member of the Stadium Authority and the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee, a group that recommended new Congressional and legislative political lines for the next ten years. O'Malley told The Sun that he had been unaware of Stewart's legal problems until they were made public last week. O'Malley said Stewart would be removed from both panels.