Whalen scheduled for court date on charges of illegal campaign contributions

January 03, 2013

Catonsville-based developer Steve W. Whalen Jr. is scheduled to be in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Thursday morning to face charges that he channeled $7,500 in illegal contributions to a Baltimore County councilman, and also exceeded the total campaign contribution limit for individuals.

The allegations against Whalen, 62, owner of Whalen Properties, stem from contributions made to Catonsville-area Councilman Tom Quirk, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Towson-area Councilman David Marks.

Whalen has reportedly reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Last month he told The Baltimore Sun that giving money to others to contribute was a bad decision, and that he "can't run away from my responsibility for it."

"I knew that it was wrong, and I did it anyway," Whalen told The Sun. "The only person with any responsibility in this entire thing is Steve Whalen."

Prosecutors say Whalen broke election laws by funneling cash to three people to give to Quirk's campaign — an illegal practice known as "straw contributions." He’s also is charged with exceeding the $10,000 total contribution limit in a four-year election cycle through overall donations to Quirk, Marks and Kamenetz.

Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

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