New MDP Chair Presses BOE, Says Public Records Show Hogan Must Return Nearly $150K in Prohibited Donations

Jan 28, 2020

For Immediate Release 1/28/2020

Annapolis, MD–  Newly elected Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis sent a letter to the Maryland State Board of Elections requesting an update on two complaints submitted by the Party in 2019 regarding Hogan’s gubernatorial campaign contributions. In her letter, she asserts that “there are still verifiable excess contributions totaling $145,387 that have not been refunded.”

Chair Lewis’s letter comes more than six months after the Board of Elections received complaints from the Party requesting an investigation into individual donors and businesses that donated more than $6,000 to Hogan– as well as suspicious LLCs that appeared to have contributed to Hogan’s campaign in violation of campaign finance laws.

At the time of the 2019 complaints, Hogan’s attorney Chris Ashby dismissed the allegations as a “shoddy political hit job.” Mr. Ashby and his team then promptly returned nearly $63,000 in donations a few days after the story was reported in the Washington Post.

“Governor Hogan took in roughly a quarter-million dollars in prohibited contributions to get himself re-elected. Hogan should be held accountable for his ethical shortcomings. It is disingenuous and a failure of leadership to tell the public he’s done nothing wrong while being forced to return more than $60,000 in campaign contributions,” Chair Lewis said.

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For a copy of the letter submitted to the Board of Elections please contact Arinze Ifekauche via email at [email protected]