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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
Maryland's highest paid lobbyist of 2012 earned $1.3 million during a busy legislative year that included two special sessions and millions spent by gambling interests. Timothy Perry, who last year ranked No. 2, tops the 2012 annual lobbyist compensation rankings recently released by the State Ethics Commission. Last year's top earner, Gerry Evans, dropped to the fifth spot on the list. While the order may have been shuffled, the same 10 lobbyists populated top-10 list. Lawmakers this year held two special sessions, one in May to pass a state budget and another in August to put gambling expansion on the state ballot.
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Thomas F. Schaller | July 22, 2014
Is there a way to actually unite economic populists on the liberal left and libertarian right? Maybe not. But one promising possibility is the prioritization of American small businesses over powerful, multinational corporate dominance. The events of September 29, 2008, certainly provided a brief glimmer of hope that a hybrid ideological alliance might push back against big business. That day, the U.S. House of Representatives stunned Washington and Wall Street by rejecting the Bush Administration's $700 billion bank bailout, 228 to 205. The Dow Jones Industrial index fell 778 points in a single afternoon, a 7 percent drop.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2012
When a reporter gets an exclusive, it's called a scoop. But what do you call it when a lobbyist gets to a key  opportunity to influence legislators that all of his colleagues have missed? Whatever you call it, that's what W. Minor Carter got late Easter Sunday when he was the only lobbyist who managed to get into a locked House office building for the opportunity to talk with members of House leadership about the most heavily lobbied legislation of the year: casino gambling. Carter represents the National Harbor development in Prince George's County, where Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller wants to locate a new luxury casino.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Maryland health care lobbyists have launched a negative radio ad against East Baltimore Democrat Julius Henson, who is challenging State Sen. Nathaniel McFadden in this month's primary election. The ad, paid for by Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Inc., praises the public health record of McFadden and criticizes Henson, a long-time campaign operative who does not support a plan to increase the tobacco tax. The group wants Maryland lawmakers to raise the tax on each pack of cigarettes from $2 to $3 to disincentivize smoking.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley this week announced his longtime aide Jeanne Hitchcock will lead his lobbying efforts during his final year in office. Hitchcock, who will also keep her role as secretary of appointments, will take over as chief legislative officer. She began working for O'Malley in 2000 as a deputy mayor in Baltimore, a role that included lobbying state and local lawmakers. O'Malley said in a statement that "I know that her wealth of experience, wisdom, and commitment to forward progress for our State will serve the people of Maryland well.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun and By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
Kim Washington, Baltimore's chief lobbyist, will leave her post early in the coming General Assembly session, city officials announced Monday. Washington, a lifelong friend of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, will take a post in the city's housing department, where she had worked previously. Del. Curt Anderson, head of the city's House delegation in Annapolis, said Washington informed him over the weekend that she would be leaving in early February. Washington had worked closely with legislators over the past month to craft the city's priorities in the session that begins Wednesday, he said.
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By Julie Bykowicz | julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | April 4, 2010
Democrats in Maryland, worried about a punishing election-year climate, want voters thinking of something more damning than "incumbent" when they go to the polls. Their preferred enemy: the lobbyist. The strategy became clear last week when former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. confirmed that he wants to unseat Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. The message from O'Malley's campaign: Voters will have a choice between a sitting governor who made tough decisions in a down economy and an ousted opponent turned high-priced lobbyist for corporate interests.
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June 13, 2013
Based on what we know so far, there does not appear to be anything illegal about the way Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has carried on her friendship with City Hall's top lobbyist, Lisa Harris Jones. Strictly speaking, there may not be anything unethical about it either. But it is certainly unwise. Both parties may have good motives, but the situation does damage to the public's trust in government, and it is up to the mayor to find a way to rectify it. This week, Ms. Rawlings-Blake acknowledged that she and her family spent Memorial Day weekend with Ms. Harris Jones and her family at the lobbyist's beach house.
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June 17, 2013
Reporter Luke Broadwater's recent article about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Memorial Day weekend described her leisure activities yet suggested that she did nothing wrong by staying in the beach house of an old friend who is now a top lobbyist. The next day The Sun editorial page warned the mayor that she was on thin ice with her friendship with the lobbyist, Lisa Harris Jones. Yet neither of the articles accused Ms. Rawlings-Blake of any wrong doing. In fact, both pieces almost admired the mayor for her close friendship.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2013
Timothy A. Perry, last year's top-earning Annapolis lobbyist and a former top aide to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, has left the Baltimore law firm of Gordon Feinblatt to launch his own firm with three partners. Perry announced Monday that he is joining forces with lobbyist Josh White, former Del. Justin Ross and former state Deputy Secretary of the Environment Jonas Jacobson to launch a new Annapolis-based government affairs firm. Perry reported the highest compensation among Annapolis lobbyists for the year ended Oct. 31 with $1.3 million.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Once again this year, Maryland politicians and business people will travel to Las Vegas for the Global Retail Real Estate Convention - a three-day deal-making event beginning May 18. It's considered a "who's who" event, where the worlds of government and business mix among the glitz and glamour of casinos and parties. In all, 669 Marylanders will be in attendance, including 10 from Baltimore's government. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Council Vice President Edward Reisinger and Councilman Carl Stokes are all slated to make the trip.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
A major speed and red light camera company is lobbying city government to take over the city's once-lucrative traffic camera system, records show. Throughout 2013, Arizona-based speed camera firm American Traffic Solutions Inc. spent $25,000 lobbying city government in hopes of winning a new traffic camera contract after the city shut the system down in April amid accuracy concerns. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has said she intends to restart the system, which was once North America's largest, this year.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
The power couple of Lisa Harris Jones and Sean Malone once again topped lobbying totals in Baltimore last year, bringing in $285,000 for their work in the city — nearly double what businesses paid them a year before. Lobbying forms reviewed by The Baltimore Sun show Malone made $149,250 and Harris Jones $134,750 in 2013 representing their clients' interests on city legislation and contracts. The couple are close friends with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who officiated at their wedding in Las Vegas and vacationed at Harris Jones' Delaware beach house.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
The Republican lobbyist who was seemingly grandstanding all week about introducing legislation to ban out players from the NFL has released the text of the proposed bill. "The American Decency Act of 2014" - which has, let's be clear, almost zero chance of becoming law - would make it illegal for "self-declared homosexual football players" to be employed by NFL teams. Unless teams provide "separate and distinct" facilities for gay athletes. So good news, closeted wide receivers and bisexual linemen: You can keep on, keeping on. Sorry, Michael Sam. Despite lobbyist Jack Burkman's insistence he means business , it's tough (though not impossible)
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore | February 24, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed 23 people to fill judicial posts Monday, promoting a number of sitting judges and placing some prominent lawyers on the bench. Among the governor's five appointees to District Court in Baltimore are James Green, the head of government relations for Baltimore police, and David Brian Aldouby, a veteran public defender. He promoted three District Court judges to the city's Circuit Court, and also appointed two other lawyers to fill empty spots. The governor also named Julie Glass, a senior prosecutor in the city state's attorney's office, as one of three appointees to the Baltimore County Circuit Court.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has hosted politically influential guests in the state's skybox at the Washington Redskins' stadium — many of whom are also campaign contributors. In total, guests — and those associated with them, including corporate affiliates and relatives — have contributed about $20,000 to his campaign to become governor, according to the latest filings in that race. Brown, who is running for governor, recently surged into the lead in fundraising in the Democratic campaign as he built up his treasury to slightly more than $7 million.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
Former state Senate Majority Leader Robert Garagiola has joined the Annapolis lobbying firm Alexander & Cleaver and will take on clients in Montgomery County, the firm announced Monday morning. Garagiola, an attorney and prominent Democrat once considered destined for higher political office, announced in June he was retiring from public life to spend more time with his children. That retirement took effect a little more than two weeks ago, and state law bars him from lobbying in Annapolis for a year.  Instead, Garagiola will be leading Alexander & Cleaver's new office in Montgomery County, where he lives and had represented in the senate for 12 years.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
Former state Senate Majority Leader Robert Garagiola has joined the Annapolis lobbying firm Alexander & Cleaver and will take on clients in Montgomery County, the firm announced Monday morning. Garagiola, an attorney and prominent Democrat once considered destined for higher political office, announced in June he was retiring from public life to spend more time with his children. That retirement took effect a little more than two weeks ago, and state law bars him from lobbying in Annapolis for a year.  Instead, Garagiola will be leading Alexander & Cleaver's new office in Montgomery County, where he lives and had represented in the senate for 12 years.
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August 9, 2013
In the wake of a ridiculous and predictably futile 40th attempt by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare, I have become quite tired of all the misunderstanding and misrepresentation of attempts at health care reform perpetrated on both sides of the congressional aisle. Therefore, I believe it is time for someone to point out that the Affordable Care Act should be considered from a far different perspective. Is Obamacare a good law or a bad one? That debate is almost completely irrelevant.
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