Hogan Election Law Violation Insult to Voters

Nov 23, 2017

Annapolis, MD — No one is above the law, especially the Governor, says the head of Maryland Democratic Party, after Governor Larry Hogan’s reelection campaign was fined by the Maryland Board of Election for violating a state law prohibiting fundraising during the 90-day legislative session.

“Public service is a public trust, and the way in which Governor Hogan and Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer casually violated that trust by using their positions to boost their campaign is an insult to the Maryland taxpayers,” said Maryland Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Matthews.  “Hopefully they’ve learned their lesson and will be more careful as we head into the 2018 Legislative session and an election year.”

In April, the Maryland Democratic Party 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 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.

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

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.