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Craig's Campaign for Governor Fined for Violating Fundraising Law

GOP gubernatorial candidate David Craig of Harford County and his running mate, Jeannie Haddaway, were both fined $1,000 for violating a state law that prohibits fundraising during the legislative session.

Harford County Executive David Craig and his running mate, Jeannie Haddaway, were both fined $1,000 for violating a state law that prohibits fundraising during the legislative session. File|Patch
Harford County Executive David Craig and his running mate, Jeannie Haddaway, were both fined $1,000 for violating a state law that prohibits fundraising during the legislative session. File|Patch

Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate and Harford County Executive David R. Craig and his running mate, Jeannie Haddaway, have both been fined $1,000 for violating the state’s ban on fundraising during the legislative session, The Washington Post reports.

According to state election officials, the Craig-Haddaway campaigns sent out a fundraising request by e-mail within a few days after the Jan. 8 start of the session that included the names of both candidates. The campaign disagrees with the description of the email as a fundraising request.

Maryland law prohibits lawmakers and statewide officials from raising money during legislative sessions. Craig, the Harford County executive, is not covered by the law. But, as a delegate from Talbot County, Haddaway is subject to the restrictions and cannot be part of Craig’s fundraising solicitations during sessions.

Under a settlement with the State Board of Elections, Craig agreed to pay back money that was raised as a result of the solicitation featuring his lieutenant governor candidate.

Jim Pettit, a spokesman for Craig’s campaign told the newspaper the material in question was a newsletter that included a link for supporters to donate money and was “not a fundraising piece per se.”

“The matter is resolved, and the fines have been paid,” Pettit said.

A week ago, Craig and Haddaway notified election officials that the campaign intends to participate in the state’s public financing system this year. As a result, Haddaway now can raise money in increments of $250 or less from individuals during the session.

JoeEldersburg February 28, 2014 at 08:18 PM
1st rule of campaigning...know the rules of campaigning! Ignorance is not a good excuse. Certainly not a good sign of someone's fitness for office if they don't know the laws. So, let me understand this...if an email with a link for supporters to donate money is not a fundraising piece "per se"? Then what is it exactly?
Dave Root March 01, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Jeannie Haddaway (Riccio) an inept, deceptive, gullible Maryland politician who doesn't have the intelligence or integrity to run a political campaign or even worse be the Lt. Governor of Maryland . What a joke! Haddaway is nothing more than a pretty face deceptively cloaked in Republican attire with a history of pandering to radical liberal groups like the Polaris project who suckered her into being sponsoring (HB 65) a law that when originally introduced would have required Maryland citizens to be fingerprinted and background checked before communicating with foreigners on Facebook and other personal introduction sites. The fact that she drafted a law which grossly violates freedom of communication (or common sense) reveals a stunning incompetence/ ignorance of the constitution. Then in 2011 she tried to steer wasteful "pork projects" to her district which were disguised as bond bills, and after being caught she tried to deny her culpability while pointing fingers at the democrats.
Just Wondering March 01, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Well people you know what to do. GET OUT AND VOTE!! If you feel people are not qualified for the position then use your right to vote.

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