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Duncan and the Money from Saipan

Seven years ago on a single day in July, Doug Duncan's campaign recorded five, $4,000 checks from donors in Saipan. That's in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific. Another contribution came in December 1999 from a company in nearby Guam.

You might wonder why contributors in these far-flung territories would give to Duncan, who was just starting his second term as Montgomery County executive. It might help to know that lobbyiist Jack Abramoff was representing the Mariana government at the time. And that Abramoff was involved with the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, which was working with Duncan to lease and possibly buy a shuttered public school in Wheaton.

When contacted Thursday by Post reporter Cameron Barr, Duncan said he was unaware of these Abramoff-related donations and pledged to return them.

The Saipan contributions came a month before Duncan signed a lease -- over community and school system opposition -- that gave the Yeshiva an option to buy Belt Junior High, an unused and largely dilapidated school, Barr reported. Then-Superintendent Paul L. Vance said before the lease was approved that the school system wanted to modernize and reopen the facility and keep it public. The County Council backed Duncan and authorized the transaction.

Superintendent Jerry Weast reclaimed the school in 2001, and the Yeshiva moved to another empty school building in Silver Spring.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 26, 2006; 3:33 AM ET
 
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Wow.

That was my reaction this morning, when I read this article about what could end up as the final nail in the coffin of Duncan's campaign and probably his political career.

Before we get to the specifics of this problem, it is worth noting that in spite of aggressive community action and outrage about the sale of the school, it took The Washington Post over 6 years to expose these contributions to Mr. Duncan's campaign.

In other words, while I think today the Post did some fairly good investigative journalism to expose this death-blow to Duncan's reputation, the fact remains that the Post allowed Duncan a free ride on this story by not exposing it 6 years ago.

Now, to the story and what it means for the Duncan campaign:

#1. This story exposes Duncan for the creep that he is -- and when the residents of Montgomery County decide whether to vote for Duncan for Governor in September, many voters will vote against this chump.

#2. While the Abramoff link to this story is what makes it blockbuster news, the fact remains that this is how Dunan has always done business as county executive -- he takes a big fat contribution from a developer and then rubber stamps a new housing development, no matter the implications on traffic, crowded schools, etc.

#3. Duncan's remarks to the Post reporter showed that he is a liar -- it is interesting how this completely caught the Duncan campaign off-guard and unprepared -- three hours after the fact, the Duncan campaign crafted a sleazy response, but I've got news for the Duncan campaign, this story has legs and it symbolizes what many have been saying about Duncan on these message boards -- he's a sleazy politician who is always on the take by greedy real estate developers and now, apparently, a felon like Jack Abramoff.

Way to go Duncan!

Posted by: Duncan is a sleazy politician who loves greedy developers and felons like Jack Abramoff. | May 26, 2006 8:44 AM | Report abuse

It's striking, to me, all the coincidences that just seem to keep piling up. And that these politicians seem to think that giving the money back now, years later and after the money already had the desired effect of helping elect that person, is an adequate response.

How long can the drumbeat of "coincidences", in both parties and up/down the political spectrum, continue to splash into the news before even slow people start making the proper connections?

It seems to me that, in the interim before real financing reform happens, that the punishment for "coincidences" should be overwhelmingly disporportionate to the original payment. Then you might see politicians pro-actively vetting their patrons rather than later expressing "amazement" at the coincidences.

Posted by: Gary Goldberg | May 26, 2006 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Well, let's take a look at O'Malley's contributions. And Erlich's for that matter. I'm sure they're clean.

Posted by: MD4BUSH | May 26, 2006 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Yep, you're right, O'Malley's clean as a whistle. This is the final blow to Duncan, although O'Malley really didn't need it.

Posted by: ron | May 26, 2006 9:07 AM | Report abuse

No, seriously, this Jackabramoff ain't the only clown running around cutting checks. Has O'Malley taken out of state checks? Has Erlich?

Posted by: MD4BUSH | May 26, 2006 9:14 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley has his own fundraising issues. This is taken from the Baltimore Sun:

He has a healthy flair for theatrics and rarely shies from a camera, but Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley was in Los Angeles yesterday in search of something else Hollywood is known for: campaign cash.

O'Malley, whose whereabouts have been something of a mystery lately, turned up at two Southern California fundraising events held for his gubernatorial bid, including one co-hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa at a posh hotel on the Avenue of the Stars.

Glitzy $1,000-per-plate fundraisers are nothing new in Los Angeles, where politics and entertainment increasingly intersect, but it is relatively unusual for Maryland candidates to tap into Tinseltown's largess, and critics pounced on the trip as an out-of-state bonanza for a candidate who is supposed to be focused on home.

"Martin O'Malley will be at home with liberals like Barbra Streisand, Michael Moore and Rob Reiner," said Audra Miller, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Republican Party. "Martin O'Malley will have to appeal to out-of-state contributors who are unfamiliar with his failed record."

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, had a more muted response. "This is an odd beginning to his campaign's new focus on Maryland," Duncan spokeswoman Jody Couser said.

O'Malley, fresh off a two-day Las Vegas trip to attend the International Council of Shopping Centers conference, appeared at the first event yesterday morning, a meet-and-greet at the office of billionaire Democratic fundraiser Ronald W. Burkle. Burkle, whose public relations firm did not return a phone call seeking comment, recently exposed an alleged extortion scheme by a part-time gossip columnist at the New York Post.

Then, O'Malley moved on to a lunch fundraiser at Breeze, a restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza organized by newly elected Mayor Villaraigosa and former Clinton White House aide John Emerson. About 20 people attended, said Emerson, who characterized the event more as a roundtable discussion on policy than a gathering of movie stars. In fact, he said, there were no stars.

"It was people who basically are attracted to talented, progressive candidates for office," said Emerson, who said he met O'Malley while the two worked together on Gary Hart's 1984 presidential campaign. "Martin O'Malley is a very charismatic, exciting individual and people want to help."

Posted by: stu | May 26, 2006 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Villaraigosa? Isn't he part of that MEChA movement that wants seize the southwest of the United States and join Mexico? O'Malleys using him to raise funds?

And building a religious school in Silver Spring is a "death penalty" crime?

BTW, lots of religious schools get sweet deals from Montgomery County with the blessing of the County Council.

Posted by: MD4BUSH | May 26, 2006 9:30 AM | Report abuse

This type of corruption isn't specific to Duncan. It's endemic. The system's flawed, and until we find a solution (like public financing) we'll continue having headlines like this.

In any case, the last line sort of leaves the specifics hanging. Belt is now reopened as a public middle school with a different name that I'm currently forgetting. So the money turned out to be wasted.

Posted by: MoCoProgressive | May 26, 2006 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The O'Malley people are kinda quiet.

What up with that?

Posted by: MDBUSH | May 26, 2006 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I just got finished smoking some opium and I just read this wonderful news for the Duncan campaign.

All I've got to say is YAY DUNCAN, YAY!

This really is wonderful news for the Duncan campaign -- many voters will now know what Doug really stands for, hee, hee, heee.

Posted by: Yay Duncan! | May 26, 2006 10:03 AM | Report abuse

What does O'Malley *really* stand for?

Posted by: MD4BUSH | May 26, 2006 10:15 AM | Report abuse

That must be some kind of a record.

After briefly appearing as a front page headline on the Washington Post website this morning, the story about Duncan receiving Abramoff tainted money has already been dropped completely off of the website's front page.

Not even a link under "more headlines" or listed under the "columns and blogs" second for this blog entry is left.

Good job WashPost...way to shill for your boy.

Posted by: That was quick | May 26, 2006 1:11 PM | Report abuse

An engine backfiring in the basement of the capitol is very important news.
(I'm guessing that's happened, anyway).

Posted by: yeah well | May 26, 2006 1:31 PM | Report abuse

C'mon guys,
The story is on the home page under "More Headlines."

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | May 26, 2006 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Geez Washington Post editors.

You take an extremely newsworthy story that rightfully portrays Duncan in a negative light and you run it on the Friday before one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year?

Turn your badges in immediately at the National Press club because with this latest stunt by the Post, you are no longer members of the press.

Posted by: New rule for The Washington Post: Don't run negative stories about your lover, Duncan, on Fridays! | May 26, 2006 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The O'Malley takes bribes story will run on the Friday before July 4th.

Cuz we all know O'Malley never done nothing like that.

Posted by: Dont Worry | May 26, 2006 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I am so ready for 100% publicly funded elections. When oh when will this common sense approach to democracy finally take form?

Posted by: Mr. K | May 26, 2006 3:20 PM | Report abuse

100% publicly funded elections?
Will never happen.
Do you think the powerful will let go of their stranglehold?
A more realistic tack might be making $20 donations into a "super times five" tax credit: Give up to $20 to a candidate and take $100 off your adjusted gross income.

The other realistic reform is having algorithmicly determined Congressional redistricting. The idelogical divide in Congress is scary.

Posted by: Never | May 26, 2006 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I was heavily involved in this issue on behalf of the North Woodside Montgomery Hills Civic Association (the second school site). I echo the earlier comment about the Post's failure to follow this story when it was unfolding, despite our direct contacts with the Post. We were flabbergasted when the Council agreed with the executive to totally turn their back on a new law designed to prevent a repeat of the Belt debacle and insure that public use of surplas sites was considered first, followed by a general solicitation and reivew of proposed private use. We know what drove Duncan, but we still don't know why the County Council overturned their own law to give the former Montgomery Hills Junior High School site to teh Yeshiva of Greater Washington. The school system played a role as well. They wanted to reclaim Belt, so they fabricated a statement about not needing the Silver Spring site for the next 20 years - despite the lack of any data. The Council latched onto this fabrication to rationalize their actions. So far, the Yeshiva School is a good neighbor, but we will never know if there was a public need for the site, including future schooling needs, or if there was a more appropriate private use for the site.

Posted by: Ed Ferrigno | May 26, 2006 4:00 PM | Report abuse

This is MOCO, not Baltimore. The only thing you can do with and old school is turn it into a new school or wait to turn it into a new school by turning into a community center in the meanwhile. Nobody's going to let them do anything else.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2006 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Duncan clearly needs to go. He is the wrong man to be county executive let alone governor. Selling public assets to private individuals is really part the republican creed and not in the interests of the people of Montgomery County.

The republicans have these many years stated they do not like or want government or its functions and they have indeed actively worked against all forms of government. THe republicans wanted to do away with department of education on the national and state level and this school debacle is just another elected official doing what he is being "paid" to do.

Posted by: Ben Franklin | May 26, 2006 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Ben, you are big silly if you don't think Democrats "grease the wheel". Duncan didn't sell the school to private assets, the county (including the council) sold it to a religious school. The probem is O'Malley is worse. O'Malley's going to get the same scrutiny and both candiates will be labeled "wheel greasers" or whatever. The Republicans wanting to get rid of the Education Department is a not a big deal: parents and local official are responsible for the schools.

Posted by: Tom Jefferson | May 26, 2006 4:24 PM | Report abuse

More important than public funding of elections is the removal of the voting machines before the November election.

If we All stand up and stick together in this common cause, the machines will go.

Posted by: Ben Franklin | May 26, 2006 4:24 PM | Report abuse

There are so many instances during the last 12 years when Duncan has run rough-shod over communities in Montgomery County in favor of greedy developers . . .

And, it doesn't surprise me, at all, that your group didn't receive a fair hearing from The Washington Post or its ugly step-sister, The Gazette.

The 12-year honeymoon between the Post, the Gazette and Doug Duncan will end in September, so make sure you tell your neighbors to vote against Doug.

Posted by: My heart goes out to Ed Ferrigno | May 26, 2006 4:29 PM | Report abuse

So, to recap, in the last couple days we've seen Duncan play up his "endorsement" by a non-existent corrections-officers' association (how does an organization without any members vote to endorse a candidate anyway?), while meanwhile desperately trying to downplay his sunstantial financial endorsement by a VERY existent felon, Jack Abramoff. Oh well, at least the Post didn't sit on this story till after the elections the way the NYT did with the Bush wiretapping one.

C'mon, November. I can't wait to see my county finally roll this butterball of corruption out the door once and for all.

Posted by: KR20852 | May 26, 2006 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey Rockville20852,
What about the council that rubberstamped it?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2006 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I used to like DD, but he is proving very disappointing. He is running a very negative campaign, to the point of being childish. He has an inability to raise money to be competitive, but bashes the Dem's only chance to take back Annapolis. Now after all the mudslinging, it appears he not only lacks charisma, but character. Be best when he ends this vanity run he is on bc at this point he is Ehrlich's best chance.

Posted by: voter | May 27, 2006 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Way to go Doug, that's one hell of a campaign you guys are running.

Posted by: Duncan receives the endorsement of Abramoff! | May 27, 2006 7:59 AM | Report abuse

At the bare minimum, will we see a story dealing with O'Malley's shady land deals? I have a little list going here on the Baltimore Sun's forums:
http://www.baltimoresun2.com/talk/showthread.php?t=62363

Posted by: Bryan | May 27, 2006 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Bryan, thanks for the link. Erlich, O'Malley and Duncan all do the same thing. So we're back to square one. Is there enough time for an honest politician to enter the race? When is the filing deadline? Absent someone new entering the race, Duncan looks like the least guilty party.

Posted by: MD4BUSH | May 27, 2006 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I was heartened this morning to see that the Post isn't dropping their investigation into Duncan's sleazy dealings just yet. I honestly expected Friday's story to be a one-hit wonder, but with today's revelations about Duncan aide/fundraiser/Yeshiva deal negotiator Jerry Pasternak, it looks like WaPo just may be taking their Fourth Estate duties seriously. Those of us who have lived in Montgomery for decades aren't surprised at the news; the surprise is that we didn't expect the folks at King Farm and all the other post-Potter housing developments to get a long-overdue education on the Duncan years. Hopefully they'll realize why we older County residents are terrified at the prospect of seeing him and his cronies in the governor's mansion before it's too late. Go WaPo!

Posted by: KR20852 | May 27, 2006 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Yah KR, I really wasn't surprised by the news. I mean the parking and planning commission is stacked with people (by Duncan) whom belong to a private management group that coinicidentally buys properties they rule on (rule on zoning wise and other NCPP jurisdiction).

Meanwhile, we've got Martin O'Malley up in Baltimore selling a building for 75% off to a campaign contributor claiming that the city needs to offer great discounts to attract business. Yet at the same time he'll claim how many businesses have come to the city (w/o that special help). Then there was Sapperstein and his boilermaker money that he defrauded the city schools of--speaking of which, did MOM ever return those dirty dollars?

Posted by: Bryan | May 27, 2006 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The good news for Mr. K above is that we're closer than ever to passing public financing of state legislative elections in Maryland.

Progressive Maryland and our allies this year managed to get HB 1054 through the full House of Delegates with a vote of 79-56 and through the Senate's EHEA committee. They hope to pass the bill through the full Senate next year. Public financing currently exists for the gubernatorial race but the amounts are so low candidates don't opt in to the system; the system needs to be updated to make it attractive at the cost of today's campaigns. We'll need the support of Mr. K and thousands of others to continue to make progress toward publicly funded campaigns.

Posted by: Tom Hucker | May 27, 2006 3:55 PM | Report abuse

That is very good news indeed Tom. I would one day like to see all elections be well funded with public dollars and private funding to be a thing of the past to be a thing of the past. To respond to "Never," he's wrong, it can happen if people get their butts in gear. I have a feeling that one day people are going to be severely disgusted with the behavior of Republicans and Democrats in their deference to corporations and special interests because of campaign contributions. When that happens and some momentum gets underway the way we vote will change. This seems to me like the best solution to put the government back in the hands of the people

Posted by: Mr. K | May 27, 2006 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I understand Duncan's attempt at mitigation:

"Duncan to Return Abramoff-Tied Funds" Post
"Duncan returning Abramoff donation" Gazette
"Duncan sends back Abramoff funds" Baltimore Sun

But let's get real... return the money to who?

It appears that some of the six contributing companies in Saipan and Guam are confirmed to no longer exist. Some may not have existed in the first place. At least one of the contributions came from a company that was reimbursed by Abramoff's Saipan mobster, William Tan (it's likely that all were reimbursed). Does Duncan send the money back to those companies? By the way, reimbursing contributors is a federal crime.

Does Duncan send the money back to reputed ganster, William Tan? To Abramoff's jail cell?

The math: five Saipan checks for $4,000 each were received by Duncan in July '99, one was reported to have bounced. The remaining $4,000 check from Guam was received by Duncan in December '99. A total of $20,000 traceable Abramoff dollars.

Due to William Tan's (Tan Holdings) corrupt grip on Saipan, Doug's $20,000 from Abramoff was money laundered in a cesspool. William Tan ran a multitude of oppressive child-labor sweat shops, prostitution rings, extortion operations and may have even murdered some of his competition.

If Duncan ever does disgorge the tainted money, he needs to give it to relief efforts in Saipan, which assist children, that in a small way, Duncan helped to enslave.

Posted by: A Concerned Voter | May 28, 2006 4:21 AM | Report abuse

With the lid blown off of this Abramoff/Duncan story, those 15 second ads that Duncan has been running in Baltimore have now been rendered a complete waste of money.

The Duncan campaign took a gamble on these ads and now they have failed.

There's no money left in the Duncan campaign bank account -- All that is left is Duncan's hot air.

Then again, this story has clearly left Duncan speechless.

Posted by: Those 15 second Duncan ads are a waste of money! | May 28, 2006 9:02 AM | Report abuse

To all the people complaining about development, get a clue. You were the same people avoiding and talking trash about downtown Silver Spring when it was in decline. Now that the place is full of life along with Discovery, AFI, retail, condos etc, you are all hailing it as a successful vibrant center and you all want to emulate it. And guess what made it into such a great place again...THAT'S RIGHT DEVELOPMENT!

I think we should all be VERY worried if there is no development at all and people stop coming to the county. It would probably mean the end to the affluent quality of life that you all love so much but don't want to admit to. Instead of complaining about traffic, you can complain about gunshots, take your pick. People are moving here whether you like it or not (I would be worried if educated people were not). Educated people continue to come to Montgomery County because it is a destination, unless you want to put a up fence and be selfish, you should channel the growth not try to stop it.

Anyone who doesn't want any economic development at all is selfish and doesn't have the county's best interest at heart, simple as that.

You really don't understand the impact of a no growth policy. No people coming, means no new development, which means no money for schools and other services, which means a county in decline. Is that what you want?

Now don't get me wrong, I don't think places like Clarksburg is an efficient use of land, it just causes people to drive everywhere and build more roads, water systems etc but you people would rather cry about a 20 story building in an urban core like Silver Spring that is a better use of land and revitalizes areas, less car dependent etc than complain about a huge subdivision in the middle of nowhere. Once again get a clue and know what to complain about.

To the people crying no more development, for the sake of argument lets just say that happens, then what? Do you ever think about what that means for the county. Do you think it will solve traffic problems, will give us better schools, a better quality of life? Let me just give you a peek as to what will happen. You will have to drive across the river to go to work and so will your children, your schools will go into decline because there is a lack of funding. Once the entire infrastructure is old (you all will probably be long gone by then so why would you care?) you will end up with an undesirable county and another Silver Spring mess. Enjoy your no growth policy!

Like I said the solution is to channel the growth to right areas (redevelop centers etc), not to try to completely stop it.

Posted by: ProgressiveResident | May 29, 2006 12:44 AM | Report abuse

It's shills like (non)ProgressiveResident who don't get it. The discussion is not about growth, but about a lack of process and corruption. Silver Spring might have been an even better revitalization project, had it not been for the more than $100,000 of campaign contributions from Silver Spring developers, Foulger-Prat and the Peter Companies, to Duncan.

Posted by: A Concerned Voter | May 29, 2006 7:54 AM | Report abuse

If the discussion is about lack of process and corruption, "A Concerned Voter" is certainly not been watching what's been going on up here in Charm City.

Our schools are a mess. The police department is a mess. Money "magically" appeared for the schools recently. The murder rate is still way up. The news here leads every day with 2-3 murders. Our mayor went to LA and Las Vegas for fundraisers at the same time he now wants to "focus his campaign on Maryland" ...'bout time.

Hizzoner hasn't kept a single promise for us and now want's to be the Guv. Which leaves us Sheila Dixon for his replacement. I don't want him as Mayor, but as Governor, he should be able to do the same thing for Maryland that he's done for us: play a couple of tunes and pay for a spiffy new slogan for Maryland.

How about this:
"Maryland...he made as big a mess in Annapolis as he did in Balmer' but at least he can sing!"

Posted by: Dave | May 29, 2006 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha, when will the O'Malley people discuss Sapperstein, Duane Taylor, Mildred Boyer, Jay Steinmetz, and other questionable contributors to the Mayor???????

Hello out there--Duncan did poorly in Clarksburg, agreed. But this Silver Spring whining is outrageous bull. I live there and it turned out great. I don't care for Duncan, but I'm not going to talk about how it'd be better (what could they plated fenton street in gold or something?cmon dont be ridiculous) when it turned ou well.

Good points though on returning the Abramoff money. He ought to just donate it to a viable cause.

Posted by: Bryan | May 29, 2006 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Duncan just like a fat sleazeball, that's what most Maryland voters will quickly dismiss him as, and this whole Abramoff story only confirms it. Duncan is done, stick a fork in him. After O'Malley has disposed of Duncan, he will be in for a tough battle with Ehrlich but should prevail with strong national support from Howard Dean and former President Clinton campaigning for him in heavily blue state Md.

Posted by: ron | May 29, 2006 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Bryan, u a professional poster? 5200plus posts in a year on the Sunlink, thats like 15 a day. Looks like they r mostly O'Malley bashing...as an Ehrlich supporter you r scared to death of him, huh? DD or O'M beat this Guv but O'Malley is just a better candidate. This is a bad story for DD...kills his credibility. DD's responses show a dishonesty, his tactics show desperation, almost like posting 5200plus times on the sunspot. No dates for young repubs, huh?

Posted by: Voter | May 29, 2006 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I moved to Maryland two years ago. I cannot believe that there is even a competition between O'Malley and Duncan. Duncan is the County Executive of a county that has the best school district in the country (more high schools in the top 100 than any other school district in the country!), one of the most educated populations, and amazing redevelopment projects like downtown Silver Spring.

What has O'Malley done for Baltimore? Baltimore is a cess-pool. The murder rate is out of control, the schools suck, and there are so many abandoned buildings, certain parts of the city look like a ghost town.

I was taking Amtrak back to DC from NYC yesterday and the woman who was sitting next to me looked out the window and said this while looking at all the urban plight in Baltimore, "Oh my god, I haven't seen a ghetto like that in a long while - I live in Spanish Harlem!" We talked about how sad it is, that people live like that.

People, seriously. O'Malley? What has he done?

I'm supporting Duncan and if he doesnt win the nom, I am supporting E.

Posted by: Silver Spring Resident | May 30, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Voter-- I enjoy commenting and I don't mind hiding my name as you seem to. I am scared of what this state would look like under MOM or DD. I got to experience DD's unique ability to increase taxes everywhere from my cell phone to property taxes. I've had enough of that.

With MOM--I recall him telling the Washington Post about how his answer in 2002 to the budget deficit was *drum roll* increase the sales tax and increase the income tax. MOM hasn't done anything for Baltimore and his fiscal plan is to tax, tax, tax--I am scared of that. I pay a small fortune in taxes already, I don't need more from MOM who has managed to get Baltimore City's taxes to all time highs.

What I would like to know is why is the Washington Post giving Martin O'Malley a free hand on those shady land deals? Why aren't they reporting on O'Malley taking and keeping (hasnt returned yet) money from Sapperstein--convicted of defrauding Baltimore City schools of $3 million?

So Voter, you're right--I'm concerned about the future of the state I grew up in and the state I love. I don't mind hiding my opinions behind aliases because I believe in what I believe and I'm going to say it without hiding behind an alias (I suspect many of those posting with aliases work for MOM or DD's campaigns).

Posted by: Bryan | May 30, 2006 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Let's here it for UTECH's President Mildred Boyer: $4,000 to MOM
Let's here it for Sapperstein: $6,000+ to MOM

Someone ought to review how many other indivuals indicted and/or prosecuted for fradulent activities have donated to Mayor O'Malley. Clearly the Washington Post could give a rats a** less.

Posted by: Bryan | May 30, 2006 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Btw, wasn't Epstein Political Director of the American Israeli Pac when they had their tumultous times with the whole spying incident? And didn't Jack Abramoff give them some money too? Is that why Epstein left the MOM campaign???

Posted by: Bryan | May 30, 2006 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Interesting story. Although it wasn't your intent, I think its good that you proved to doubters that the Post isn't just pro-Duncan, all the time. you follow the stories wherever they are.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2006 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Bryan, r u kidding me? You dismiss MOM and DD bc you feel u pay too much and therefore support BGEhrlich? The Guv created the flush tax, increased toll road taxes, increased the State property tax, has raised college tuition 42%, has a PSC that has utterly failed to regulate and now has us paying an unchallenged 72% to BGE...the Guv's spending exceeds all his predecessors, he has mispent your precious tax dollars on frivolus tourism commercials that air in Maryland, his juvenile justice reform has completely failed meaning u pay more for adult detention, he has failed the racing industry thru his overreach on a slots bill, he just gave his hometown fire department in Arbutus 750k from a business development fund that prohibits such a gift..he hasn't added one dime to better education above what was required by Glendening's Thornton law... but wants credit for complying w the law..all while he plays gof 45 times in 60 days during the early fall. He is a tax and spend Bush clone do nothing...you r a blind GOP activist.

Posted by: Rocket | June 3, 2006 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget the increased car registration tax! He is a BUSH like pol, no philosophy, just hold the power, any ROVE/STEFFAN means necessary. Stands for bigger gov't, more taxes, highest historical spending..his words fool only the blind followers like the uniposter Bryan...actions r what define him, and Bobby is a tax and spender!

Posted by: MC | June 4, 2006 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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