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by Annie Linskey | January 3, 2012
The $7,000 in campaign funds given to Gov. Martin O'Malley by a tax evader and former political appointee was sent today to Farmers and Hunters Helping the Hungry, said Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for the governor. The tainted political donation was given by Richard Stewart, a Prince George's County businessman who pleaded guilty last month to failing to pay nearly $4 million in social security and payroll taxes for his employees. Stewart also was one of O'Malley's appointees to the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee and on the board of the Stadium Authority.    Maryland's Republican Party noted between 2003 and 2008, the period in which Stewart was not paying taxes, the businessman donated nearly $75,000 to Democratic elected officials and called on the funds to be returned.
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June 16, 2014
Am I the only one that sees the irony in attorney general candidate Del. Jon Cardin attending a fundraiser hosted by a recently disbarred attorney? This speaks more to Mr. Cardin's character than his acceptance of a $100 campaign contribution from rapper Ski Money, a.k.a. Lawrence S. Christian ( "Jon Cardin rejects rapper's support after learning of criminal charges," June 5). One can see how Mr. Cardin might be unaware of Mr. Christian's past, but he surely cannot plead ignorance of lawyer Paul Gardner's past.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
The grandson of former State Del. Hattie Harrison, of Baltimore, has been indicted on charges of felony theft of campaign funds. Philip Harrison II, 35, of Salisbury, who was his grandmother's treasurer from 2006 to 2009, is accused of stealing $17,600 of campaign funds, according to the state prosecutor's office, which announced the charges Monday. Harrison wrote "numerous unauthorized checks from the campaign account to himself and his then girlfriend and now spouse Rehanna Singletary," prosecutors said.
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By Michael Dresser | June 11, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who has been relentless in his criticism of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, diverted his fire Wednesday to the third Democrat in the race for governor, Del. Heather R. Mizeur. Appearing on WBAL radio's C4 show with Clarence Mitchell IV, Gansler brought up Mizeur's lack of a college degree and her business activities. "People are starting to learn about all of us," Gansler said. "I literally ran into a woman at the subway this morning that didn't know that Delegate Mizeur didn't graduate from college or was a lobbyist for her living and was paying herself out of campaign funds to her lobbying company, which is she and her wife.
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March 7, 2013
The House of Delegates approved a bill Thursday that would allow political candidates to use campaign funds to pay for the cost of attending professional conferences. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Carolyn J.B. Howard, a Prince George's County Democrat, passed on a vote of 110-27. It now goes to the Senate. The bill would let incumbent officeholders and candidates use their campaign funds to pay for the travel, lodging, meal and registration costs of conferences focused on policy issues related to the office they hold or are seeking.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,Sun Reporter | July 1, 2008
The state attorney general's office has said that Sen. Ulysses Currie may not use campaign funds to pay for his legal defense in a federal investigation if the probe "relates to his conduct in office" - as it appears to do. Last month, the Prince George's County Democrat asked the State Board of Elections whether he could use campaign funds to pay his attorneys in connection with the federal investigation into his previously undisclosed consulting work...
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff | October 3, 1991
Public disclosure of a quietly arranged loan ended former Baltimore County Councilman Gary Huddles' political career in 1985, and questions about another quiet loan he used to pay stock market losses continue to dog the 52-year-old lawyer.Huddles must stand trial in November on two counts of a three-count indictment that allege he stole $50,379 from his own leftover campaign funds in 1987. He paid back the money in 1989 and 1990, and all of the $90,000 fund was later returned to contributors or distributed to charities.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. used $168,000 of leftover campaign funds to pay for defense attorneys for Paul Schurick, his longtime aide who was convicted on charges of electoral fraud rising out of Ehrlich's failed run against Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2010. The payments were outlined in a campaign finance report filed last week by the Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Committee, which remains in operation. Ehrlich has said he intends to stay out of Maryland electoral politics. The money paid to four law firms that took part in Schurick's defense made up the bulk of. the committee's spending last year.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 16, 2005
WASHINGTON - Rep. Chris Van Hollen's campaign has raised $300,000 since he began exploring a run for the Senate next year, according to the congressman. Van Hollen raised a total of $338,000 in the first quarter of this year and has a total of $713,000 in his campaign account. Another Democrat considering the race, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, raised $60,000 during the same period and has $215,000 total. Kweisi Mfume, the former congressman and head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who has declared his candidacy, transferred $103,000 from his old campaign account into his new Senate fund.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff | December 12, 1991
If it's legal for former Baltimore County Councilman Gary Huddles to use $50,000 of his political campaign committee's money to salvage a personal stock market investment, then why is Anthony J. Cicoria, a former Prince George's councilman, serving five years in prison for taking $64,000 from his campaign?The legal reason is that Huddles only borrowed the money and repaid it before the state prosecutor got the case. Cicoria, on the other hand, didn't pay his committee back before trial, and the Court of Special Appeals recently upheld his conviction.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
The type of campaign account that Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is using to bolster candidates he favors is used widely in Maryland politics, but critics say it lacks transparency. Kamenetz transferred more than $100,000 of his campaign funds last year to A Better Baltimore County, a slate fund that will be able to transfer unlimited amounts of money to other slate members in this year's elections. Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, executive director of the watchdog group Common Cause Maryland, says slates in Maryland "tend to have a lot more ability to move money around" than those in other states.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
The grandson of former State Del. Hattie Harrison, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony theft of campaign funds. Philip Harrison II, 35, of Salisbury, who was his grandmother's treasurer from 2006 to 2009, admitted to stealing $17,600 of campaign funds, according to the state prosecutor's office.  Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner sentenced Harrison to 15 days in jail, plus three years of supervised probation....
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
In the race for Anne Arundel County executive, Republican Del. Steve Schuh has more than three times as much money in the bank as either of his rivals. In the latest campaign finance reports that were due Wednesday, Schuh reported having nearly $865,000 cash on hand. His opponent in the Republican primary, current County Executive Laura Neuman, reported having nearly $228,000 available. The only declared Democratic candidate, Joanna Conti, reported a balance of nearly $253,000.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein has more than $340,000 cash on hand in his bid for a second term, while one of his challengers said she has raised more than $100,000 in six months. The early six-figure totals came in a race that has not seen significant fundraising from candidates in previous years. Bernstein's campaign committee had a prior balance of $149,300, and he raised $250,400 in the past year, records show. After expenditures, he has $342,000 on hand. “I am grateful to those who have shown their support and confidence in me, and I look forward to sharing our accomplishments …and my plans for the second term,” Bernstein wrote in an email.
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December 3, 2013
Some of the biggest political contributors in recent elections don't appear on any list of the usual suspects; they are neither corporations, unions nor extremely wealthy individuals. Instead, they are new nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service because of the ostensible "social welfare" activities they engage in. In truth, however, these groups have morphed into some of the nation's most powerful backstage political actors, shelling out millions of dollars to support candidates for office without ever having to disclose where their money is coming from or who is trying to influence the outcome on an election.
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By Michael Dresser | November 22, 2013
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is countering Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's proposed pledge to forgo third-party advertising in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial race with a suggested promise of his own: Let's be nice. Brown, who has been under pressure from Gansler for more than a week to agree to discourage groups that support the lieutenant governor from running ads on his behalf, challenged the attorney general and Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County Thursday night to sign on to a "positive campaign pledge" under which each would agree not to attack the other two. Brown contended that Gansler's proposed pledge "missed the mark.
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By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Washington Bureau | May 3, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Republican Senate candidate Alan L. Keyes of Maryland is paying himself a salary of $8,500 a month from campaign funds, according to campaign officials and finance reports.Although it is an unusual practice, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) cannot decide whether or not it is legal.Keyes campaign officials said that their attorney had advised them that the practice is legal."He's not independently wealthy," said campaign spokesman Sean Paige, adding that Mr. Keyes, 41, needed the money to pay his mortgage and feed his family.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
Marilyn J. Mosby, a former assistant state's attorney in Baltimore and the wife of City Councilman Nick Mosby, announced Monday she plans to challenge State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein by running to become the city's top prosecutor. In announcing her run outside the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse, Mosby spoke of violence in Baltimore that has grown out of control. She said Bernstein has proved ineffectual at making significant change. "We are angered and frustrated by what we see," said Mosby, 33, a resident of Reservoir Hill.
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