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Hogan Files Complaint Against Brown

September 8th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

In a complaint filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections, the Hogan for Governor campaign alleges illegal fundraising coordination between the political campaigns of Anthony Brown, Ken Ulman and a secretive state Super PAC supporting their gubernatorial bids. 

State regulations expressly prohibit political campaigns from coordinating their fundraising activities and strategy with outside super PACs. Yet official filings by Friends of Anthony Brown (Brown’s campaign for governor), running mate Ken Ulman’s political committee, and “One State, One Future PAC,” a Super PAC supporting Brown’s bid for governor all share the same fundraising consultants, Colleen Martin-Lauer and Susan Smith-Bauk. 

“There couldn’t be a more blatant example of illegal coordination,” said Hogan campaign manager Steve Crim.  “With immediate and full knowledge of all donor activities, it is simply impossible for Martin-Lauer and Smith-Bauk to not coordinate the fundraising efforts of their three clients,” Crim said.

In their complaint to the State Board of Elections, the Hogan campaign outlined clear evidence that proves these entities engaged in "inappropriate coordination and cooperation of campaign activities in contravention of Maryland Election Law."

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