Perhaps in the flurry of fundraising events that has brought Bob Ehrlich more than $10 million in campaign cash so far, he has forgotten about one or two. Like the one thrown by Wal-Mart in December 2004.
During an appearance on CNBC yesterday, the Republican governor was asked if he was in Wal-Mart's "pocket," because the giant retailer held a $1,000-per-person fundraiser for him.
"Wal-Mart hosted a $1,000 fundraiser for me?" he asked on the national broadcast. "That is absolutely incorrect. Wal-Mart has not hosted any fundraisers."
Ehrlich's press secretary, Greg Massoni, later said the governor "misspoke. Wal-Mart was not the host, just one of many hosts."
But the invitation to the December 2004 event came emblazoned with Wal-Mart's logo, and at the entrance to the function, held in a private room at the waterfront Marriott in Annapolis, a Wal-Mart sign welcomed those attending (including a Post reporter who stopped by). Massoni said he could not identify any other sponsors.
Ehrlich last spring vetoed a bill that would have forced Wal-Mart to pay more for employee health care. Lawmakers will vote as early as tomorrow, on whether to override that veto.
John Wagner and Matt Mosk
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