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Maryland Democratic Party Demands Probe into Team Hogan’s Fundraising

Apr 13, 2017

Annapolis, Md. – The Maryland Democratic Party has requested that the State Board of Elections launch an immediate investigation into potential campaign finance violations committed by a top official in Governor Hogan’s administration, Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer.

The party has turned over to the elections board a document sent by Redmer during the General Assembly session soliciting fundraising on behalf of Governor Hogan – which is banned by campaign finance laws.

“Marylanders want Hogan to be focused on governing, not his re-election, especially during the legislative session,” said Maryland Democratic Party spokesperson Bryan Lesswing.

“That’s why it sends a troubling message that Governor Hogan and his team have no problem with one of their top administration officials soliciting funds during the session, which blurs the lines between public service and political campaigning.”

Hogan’s aides refused to address the substance of the complaint.

“Hogan and his aides can dodge this issue like they artfully dodge Donald Trump’s dangerous policies on health care, jobs and education, but Marylanders still deserve to know why Hogan doesn’t think the rules apply to him.”

This isn’t the first time Redmer has been at the center of controversy. He previously came under fire for headlining a fundraiser for a candidate while simultaneously serving as an insurance commissioner under former Governor Bob Ehrlich.

A copy of the complaint is available here.