ANNAPOLIS- The Gansler-Ivey campaign calls a recent complaint by the Brown-Ulman campaign a phony campaign trick and a stunt to distract voters from Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown’s failure with the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.
On April 3, lawyers for Lt. Gov. Brown filed the complaint alleging two separate e-mails for two fundraising events, one to be held on April 25 at a privately owned Silver Spring home and the other with the Frederick Business Community on April 29 in Frederick, violated the election guidelines set in December by the MSBE. The complaint called for an investigation and sanctions against the Gansler-Ivey campaign.
A candidate who is found in contempt of the mandate may be given a $1,000 penalty and any funds the campaign raised must be refunded along with an additional fine in the same amount.
"Attorney General (Doug) Gansler is once again failing to respect and follow the very laws he's charged with upholding,” said Brown-Ulman campaign manager Justin Schall. “We hope that the Board of Elections will expedite this complaint because it could fundamentally impact the outcome of an election that is 82 days away. People shouldn’t be able to pull the wool over voters’ eyes by breaking the rules close to an election.”
Jared DeMarinis, campaign finance and candidacy director for the Maryland State Board of Elections, said the “save the dates” the Gansler-Ivey campaign sent out during the Maryland General Assembly were not in violation of the state’s no fundraising during the legislation laws.
DeMarinis also said the preliminary investigation into the “save the dates” did not find a violation because neither of the links gave any fundraising information.
Katie Hill, spokeswoman for the Gansler-Ivey campaign, called the complaint a
phony campaign trick and a stunt from the Brown-Ulman campaign.
“We relied completely on advice from the State Board of Elections saying that campaigns can send "save the date" notices,” said Hill. “This is complete nonsense. This is clearly a campaign stunt intended to distract from the fact that Lt. Governor Anthony Brown took more than $300,000 from health care special interests while overseeing the failed health exchange, and lied about his intent to flout the fundraising ban during session."
The primary elections are on June 24.