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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Maryland Politics Watch: Rushern Baker on the Spot, Part Six

Maryland Politics Watch: Rushern Baker on the Spot, Part Six
By Adam Pagnucco, Maryland Politics Watch, 27 Feb 2010
... Baker’s acceptance of $206,000 in contributions from the “County 1 Now” slate triggered significant coverage from the Post and the Gazette as well as this investigative series. ... As of this writing, the County 1 Now slate has only one member: Rushern Baker. ... State law says that slates must be formed by more than one candidate. After all, if single candidates could form slates, they could easily get around contribution limits. ... At the time that the County 1 Now slate transferred $206,000 to Baker, it was not in compliance with state law. The State Board of Elections has a responsibility to compel Baker to return that payment. ... additional money from a one-person slate amounts to a deliberate strategy to circumvent the state’s campaign finance rules. ... [More]

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