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by Annie Linskey | February 3, 2012
The Baltimore Sun today published a story outlining a handful of companies that have given big bucks to Gov. Martin O'Malley's Democratic Governors Association , and also have strong interests before the state . As we point out in our story, there's nothing improper about the gifts, though government ethics types don't like the practice. The donations haven't guaranteed success, in some cases companies opened their wallets but didn't get anything in return. (It reminds us of the famous quote by Jesse Unruh, the longtime speaker of the California House: “If you can't drink a lobbyist's whiskey, take his money, sleep with his women and still vote against him in the morning, you don't belong in politics.”)
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Republican Larry Hogan urged state and federal investigators Thursday to probe the possible connection between large political donations to the Democratic Governors Association and the award of Maryland state contracts to donors. Hogan, the GOP nominee for governor, also called on federal investigators to widen their audit of Maryland's health exchange to examine whether state tax dollars were misspent on the faulty online insurance marketplace. He convened a news conference Thursday to allege what he called a pattern of "suspicious" donations and suggest that his opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, might be the beneficiary.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| July 12, 2013
Maryland is experiencing a serious shortage of canine blood to help sick or injured dogs, and the Baltimore Humane Society and Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank are asking for your help. Dogs who suffer from immune issues require multiple transfusions during their lives, blood bank officials say, and dogs hit by cars or in other accidents, puppies exposed to parvo virus, and other canines need blood. Hundreds of hospitals around the country rely on the blood bank's supplies, and it is the largest facility that relies solely on volunteer donors and ships nationally; others keep donor animals in cages.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
President Barack Obama laid out a sobering view of the international crises that have beset his administration this year - and tried to make the case for returning Democrats to the Senate majority - at a small gathering of political donors in Baltimore on Friday. Speaking at the home of a hedge fund manager who is among the country's foremost advocates for Israel, Obama said the Islamic State fighters who have taken over portions of Iraq and Syria have displayed "the kind of brutality that even by the standards of terrorists is extraordinary.
NEWS
October 23, 2012
The article entitled "Outside money cements place on Capitol Hill" (Oct. 21) really disgusted me. I realize that the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for corporations supporting candidates and that is a separate issue, but the net concept is the same. Why would corporations and individuals blow so much money on campaigns if they truly got nothing in return? In an economy where thousands are barely surviving and corporations have cut jobs, why is dumping millions of dollars to support a candidate a good idea?
NEWS
December 28, 2009
Relatives of an 11-year-old girl who died after police say she was abducted by a registered sex offender will not have to pay for her funeral or burial. John Holloway of Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury told WBOC-TV that local donors have paid for the funeral of Sarah Haley Foxwell. Holloway says the donors want to remain anonymous. No date has been set for the memorial service. Sarah was abducted from her home Tuesday night. Her body was found on Christmas Day after a search that included more than 3,000 volunteers.
NEWS
January 16, 1992
Sixty-three percent of SUNDIAL respondents, representing 195 of 308 callers, say they do not donate blood, while 113 callers, or 36 percent, say they do.Of 190 non-donors who explained their position, 26 (13.6 percent) said they fear "contracting AIDS, etc." Twenty callers (10.5 percent) said they do not feel a compelling reason to give blood. Seven callers (3.6 percent) said they object on religious grounds, and 137 callers (72.1 percent) said they have other reasons."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.
NEWS
February 29, 2012
Why don't you tell your readers the truth for a change? According to The Sun, evil GOP candidates are using super PACs to "raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash on their behalf" ("In the presidential campaign, money talks," Feb. 23). Why don't you inform your readers as to how our Dear Leader raised hundreds of millions for his re-election campaign? Did this money come from the poverty-stricken and the middle class - or from "a handful of wealthy donors"? I didn't notice any coverage by The Sun about George Kaiser for example.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2011
A loophole in state campaign finance laws allowed contributors to Maryland candidates and political groups to pump $4.3 million into the 2010 election cycle while remaining anonymous — denying citizens a thorough look at the money that flows into politics. The State Board of Elections discourages candidates from using the "lump sum" label on campaign finance reports, and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has taken issue with the practice. But it remains legal and has been used by Democrats and Republicans alike, enabling some local candidates to finance their races without disclosing large numbers of donors.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Republican Larry Hogan urged state and federal investigators Thursday to probe the possible connection between large political donations to the Democratic Governors Association and the award of Maryland state contracts to donors. Hogan, the GOP nominee for governor, also called on federal investigators to widen their audit of Maryland's health exchange to examine whether state tax dollars were misspent on the faulty online insurance marketplace. He convened a news conference Thursday to allege what he called a pattern of "suspicious" donations and suggest that his opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, might be the beneficiary.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Maryland's heated primary race for governor could get another twist if Wednesday's Supreme Court decision also strikes down the state's cap on how much residents can donate to state political campaigns. Minutes after the Supreme Court struck down aggregate contribution limits in federal races, Jared DeMarinis' phone at the Maryland Board of Elections began ringing off the hook. “Everyone wants to know: What does this mean?” said DeMarinis, director of campaign finance and candidacy.
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By John Fritze and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
A divided Supreme Court has struck down aggregate limits on how much money wealthy donors may spend on elections, a decision that could pour vast sums of new cash into the nation's increasingly expensive system of campaign finance. The 5-4 ruling Wednesday, which drew a pointed response from the court's dissenting liberals, will have broad implications for federal elections but also could affect contests in Maryland - including this year's race for governor - by undermining similar contribution limits called for in state law. Writing for the court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said the caps on political donations did little to address corruption but limited donors' ability to exercise their free-speech right to contribute to candidates.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler opened a new line of attack Tuesday against fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown: campaign contributions from donors with links to the flubbed Maryland health exchange. Gansler's gubernatorial campaign said Tuesday that it had identified more than $33,000 in donations from companies, lobbyists and executives with ties to the exchange in recent campaign finance reports that Brown has filed in the race for governor. The Gansler campaign asked whether it was appropriate for Brown to accept those donations when he oversaw the exchange.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Johns Hopkins University won another legal victory Thursday in its attempt to build a research park on farmland previously owned by a woman whose family sued the school, saying she would have opposed the development. A three-judge panel of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed a Montgomery County Circuit Court's decision that Hopkins's plan to develop the 138-acre Belward Farm complied with the agreement made with Elizabeth Banks in 1989. Banks had sold the land, which had been in her family for more than 100 years, to Hopkins for $5 million, a fraction of its market value.
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Letter to The Aegis | November 14, 2013
Shorter daylight, fresh cooler breezes off the Bay and the comings of the fall and winter and a New Year bring me pause for reflection on our Maritime Museum. In the face of personnel loss, a recovering economy and tight money, your museum board, our volunteers, our funding governments, foundations, corporations, members, visitors and individual donors are helping us to realize many of the dreams and aspirations of the founders and first supporters of the museum. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you for your faith in our ability to inform the public about our maritime heritage, and to present innovative educational and entertainment programs.
NEWS
By Anne D. Neal | October 16, 2013
Donors give billions of dollars every year to higher education, and, in many ways, they are the lifeblood of our colleges and universities. When it comes to college giving, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's philanthropy to Johns Hopkins University leads the way. His $350 million gift to his alma mater is the largest collegiate donation in 2013. Indeed, with the value of many university endowments depressed and state appropriations cut, donors play an ever-more important role in supporting and sustaining our institutions of higher education.
NEWS
January 28, 1993
Carroll County General Hospital Foundation plans to honor donors who contributed to its 1989 capital campaign at a dedication ceremony today.A hospital wing that serves heart patients will be designated the Naganna Wing to recognize cardiologist Dr. Chitrachedu Naganna and his wife, family practitioner Dr. Vimala Naganna, who were major donors in the 1989 campaign.The couple declined to make public the amount they gave, hospital spokeswoman Gill Chamblin said. The wing to be named for the Nagannas includes an eight-bed critical care unit and a 32-bed bed progressive care unit for heart attack patients.
NEWS
January 15, 1992
Early stories of organ transplants told of brave pioneers who submitted to risky operations in the hope of earning a few more weeks or months of life while helping to expand the frontiers of medicine. Now, successful transplants are routine, and news reports are focusing on another kind of story -- the quiet tragedies of people in need of transplants.These people live each day hoping to hear that a heart or a lung or a liver is available to replace their own failing organ. They are waiting for the kind of miracle that happens when a death creates the possibility of new life.
FEATURES
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
An anonymous benefactor's $1.25 million gift is helping to get students from the Johns Hopkins University out of the classroom and into the community. The Community Impact Internships Program at the school's Center for Social Concern marked its third summer this year with 50 students working at local nonprofits and earning a stipend of $4,000 each. Vissagan Gopalakrishnan, 21, a rising senior at Hopkins, spent his eight-week internship at 901 Arts, which brings art and music to young people in Baltimore's Waverly community.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
As Fable, a 5-year-old Newfoundland, lies on a table at the Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown, she doesn't seem to notice the needle in her jugular vein. Instead, the pooch blissfully licks peanut butter from the hand of her owner, Lauren Schneider, while a handler cradles her with his whole body. Fable and her sister, Kenzie, are canine blood donors - and veterinarians and animal advocates say the world needs more of them. The dogs' blood was going to a major university and an emergency animal hospital in other states, where it's in high demand.
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