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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
An Anne Arundel County councilman and a veteran trial lawyer have teamed up to create a political action committee to raise money to defeat far-right Republican nominee Michael Peroutka's bid for a council seat. County Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election, is listed as chairman of StopPeroutka.com PAC. Daniel Clements, a trial lawyer and Democratic activist, is treasurer. Clements said the committee had been registered with the state elections board but that the web site only became operational Friday.
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By Michael Dresser | September 22, 2014
The political action committee of Maryland's branch of the National Organization for Women gave Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown its unqualified endorsement Monday, bolstering Brown's efforts to make women's health a top issue in his race against Republican rival Larry Hogan. The decision by Maryland NOW PAC came as no surprise, but Hogan made the call easy for the group by declining to answer its questions on abortion rights and contraception, the group said. Libertarian candidate Shawn Quinn also declined to answer, according to the NOW PAC. Brown answers to the five questions the feminist group posed last week were entirely in line with NOW's political agenda.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's federal PAC, which will become an important fundraising vehicle should he decide to run for president in 2016, is beginning to show signs of life. In a report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday that covers the first half of 2013, the O' Say Can You See PAC reported raising $164,000, spending just over $143,000 and making a small number of political donations in the early presidential primary states of New Hampshire and Iowa for the first time.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The gubernatorial campaign of Republican Larry Hogan is demanding a criminal investigation of its charges that Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown's campaign illegally coordinated its activities with a legally independent political action committee. The call Tuesday night for an investigation by the State Prosecutor's Office or the Attorney General's Office folows a complaint the Hogan camp made last week to the State Board of Elections on the same topic. The Hogan campaign contends that the Brown campaign ilegally coordinated its activities with those of the lieutenant governor's "One State, One Future" PAC. The Hogan campaign asked that prosecutors look into whether Brown or his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, illegally solicited funds on behalf of the PAC. As evidence, the Hogan campaign pointed to the fact that the Brown campaign and the PAC had both reported using the same fund-raising consultants.
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March 16, 2005
Suddenly on March 12, 2005, KELLY EBRITE PAC; beloved mother of Lauren and Michael Pac; wife of Matthew Pac; special friend of Dave Fusting; devoted daughter of Maryl Ebrite and the late Wayne Ebrite; sister of Jason Ebrite and his wife Beth. Family will receive friends at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Road (beltway ext 26A), on Wednesday from 6 to 9 P.M., where a memorial service will be held on Thursday at 1 P.M. Interment private.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
Talk of Gov. Martin O'Malley's presidential ambitions for 2016 is plentiful. But, at this early stage, donors are not. With three years to go before the first primaries and uncertainty about whether outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, it's not surprising that O'Malley's relatively new federal PAC reported Thursday raising only $47,390 over the past month -- ending the year with just...
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By Michael Dresser and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
In a sign of lofty national ambitions, Gov.Martin O'Malleyhas created a federal political action committee that could become a financial vehicle for a presidential run in 2016. O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese confirmed Thursday that O'Malley has registered what is being called the O Say Can You See PAC with the Federal Election Commission. The PAC gives the governor a federal political vehicle for spending on races at both the national and state level. Creation of the PAC was first reported Wednesday in the Washington publication Roll Call.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | November 2, 1990
There's not that much in common between downtown Baltimore and Maryland's rural Eastern Shore. But when it comes to politics and a mutual admiration for Gov. William Donald Schaefer, the kinship between city and country folk can be downright chummy.For instance, when the dogged but cash-poor political action group Peoples Choice needs a transfusion of money to help candidates in the city and surrounding areas, who does it turn to for the biggest handout?None other than Citizens for Schaefer '90, a relatively well-heeled political action committee based in Chestertown that is set up ostensibly for the re-election of the governor.
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Dan Rodricks | January 11, 2012
Will Maryland voters see super PAC money spent here to influence the outcome of an election in 2012? If a certain congressional race gets close - say, the general election in the reshaped Sixth District - it's possible, even likely. Only two of the state's eight House seats are Republican. With the new Sixth in danger of slipping to the Democrats, some fat-cat super PAC might decide to throw money into advertising on behalf of the Republican candidate. Vice-versa if the Democrat needs an edge.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Evening Sun Staff | October 17, 1991
The state prosecutor is investigating charges of mismanagement in the Maryland Classified Employees Association's political action committee, which has dispensed tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions over several years.The investigation began this summer after disgruntled members the PAC, known as The Employees Action Movement, charged that money was being spent without proper authorization by the PAC's board, according to sources."There is an inquiry into the administration and operation of TEAM," said Lance Cornine, MCEA's executive director.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
An Anne Arundel County councilman and a veteran trial lawyer have teamed up to create a political action committee to raise money to defeat far-right Republican nominee Michael Peroutka's bid for a council seat. County Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election, is listed as chairman of StopPeroutka.com PAC. Daniel Clements, a trial lawyer and Democratic activist, is treasurer. Clements said the committee had been registered with the state elections board but that the web site only became operational Friday.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Del. Jon S. Cardin, a candidate for attorney general, has accused two Baltimore lawmakers of intimidating a campaign volunteer and an anti-Cardin committee of violating campaign finance rules. In a letter to State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt over the weekend, Cardin accused Del. Maggie McIntosh and Sen. Lisa A. Gladden of "formal voter intimidation" at a North Baltimore early voting site Thursday. Cardin wrote that the two lawmakers told his volunteer to leave a polling station on East Cold Spring Lane because they "did not like an opponent of theirs to have representation at early voting.
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By Mark Newgent | January 23, 2014
Adam Sachs, a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in District 12 wants to implement a system of public financing for state campaigns, and ban corporate and political action committee contributions to state candidates. These are two bad ideas on many levels. First and foremost, they represent restrictions on speech.  Why should the first amendment rights of corporations or PACs - voluntary associations of people - be any less valued than that of individuals?  More money means more speech in our elections, why would we want to limit that?
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley raised $19,500 last year in a state political action committee he is using mostly to support Democratic candidates for state legislative office, a filing with the state Board of Elections shows. The state O' Say Can You See PAC spent just over $24,500, mostly on Democratic candidates for the General Assembly. The committee made $1,000 in contributions in early January to state Sen. Bobby Zirkin of Baltimore County as well as Baltimore lawmakers Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden and Del. Maggie McIntosh.
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By Michael Dresser | January 10, 2014
A fundraising email that went out under the name of a Cecil County delegate just hours after the General Assembly convened was sent out by mistake, the group's chairman said Friday. Patrick McGrady, chairman of The Maryland Liberty Political Action Committee, said Republican Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. had not given permission for the gun-rights group to send out the email Wednesday afternoon. He blamed the error on a technical glitch. "We screwed up," he said. The email, which provided a link for gun rights supporters to donate to the PAC, went out about five hours after the Assembly convened for its annual 90-day session.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
The lawyer who filed suit last week to prevent Democrat Anthony G. Brown's running mate from accepting campaign donations during the legislative session is no stranger to the world of political fundraising. Daniel M. Clements, an attorney with a Baltimore firm, has given tens of thousands of dollars to candidates in recent years and for 12 years chaired the political action committee of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association - one of the state's largest political donors. In that role, he oversaw the raising and spending of more than $1 million for Maryland political candidates.
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By Mike Burns | November 10, 1996
PAC-MAN, that popular hunter-prey computer game from the '80s, is making a comeback. This time, it's a virtual reality game that lets the player in headgear and controller glove become PAC-Man (or Ms. PAC-Man, as the popular sequel was named). "He never really went away," said a cyber-developer of the new version.Indeed, the games of PAC-Man and Ms. PAC-Man have seen an enormous growth over the past two decades. Only in political circles they are played with real money instead of energy cells.
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By John B. O'Donnell and John B. O'Donnell,Federal Election Commission Reports. BG&E PAC reports, and Florence Beck Kurdle, chairman of BG&E PAC. GR. PHOTO 1Washington Bureau | July 25, 1993
WASHINGTON -- When Western Maryland Democrats unseated Rep. Beverly B. Byron last year, the seven-term incumbent wasn't the only one left in shock.Her defeat also dealt a blow to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., which lost a friend in Congress. Mrs. Byron, who sat on a committee that oversees a range of energy issues, including nuclear energy, was a pro-industry vote that BG&E and other electric power interests had come to rely on.To make matters worse, from the utility's point of view, the man who upset Mrs. Byron in the March primary and the favorite to take her place, Del. Thomas Hattery, was regarded as an industry foe. His campaign manager was a lawyer on leave from the Maryland People's Counsel, an agency that often opposes rate increase requests by utilities and whose authority Mr. Hattery wanted to strengthen as a member of the state legislature.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
Men's Wearhouse suddenly likes the way Jos. A. Bank Clothiers looks. Under pressure from its shareholders after rejecting a takeover by Jos. A. Bank, Men's Wearhouse turned the tables Tuesday, proposing to buy its smaller rival for $1.2 billion. The offer to buy the Hampstead-based retailer for $55 a share came after Men's Wearhouse turned down a $2.3 billion acquisition bid from Bank and refused to negotiate even as some investors lobbied for a merger between the nation's two biggest men's specialty chains.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's federal political action committee accepted more than $73,000 in contributions during this year's General Assembly session — donations that would have been unlawful if they had been directed to a state campaign. Because the money was sent to a campaign account set up under federal law, the governor's O' Say Can You See PAC could accept the money. Nevertheless, the public might wonder whether the federal account was intended as a "runaround on the prohibition on raising funds during the session," said Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, Maryland executive director of the watchdog group Common Cause.
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