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.