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Currie Notes Shoppers Employment In New Ethics Form

On an annual form required to be filed with the State Ethics Commission today, Sen. Ulysses S. Currie (D-Prince George's) disclosed something he neglected to mention in previous years: his employment as a consultant for Shoppers Food and Pharmacy.

Currie's failure to disclose that information is at the center of a year-old FBI investigation.

Currie, chairman of the powerful Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, was paid more than $207,000 over five years by the grocery store chain, according to a court document unsealed in July. The document shows Currie was first paid by the company in February 2003 and received $30,000 from it that year. His compensation rose to more than $54,000 annually by 2007.

In recent years, Currie repeatedly intervened in matters of interest to Shoppers, including contacting state agencies about traffic lights at its stores and attending a Prince George's County liquor board hearing at which the chain's request for a license was considered.

Shoppers is listed on the form due yesterday in a section that asks for names of entities from which "you or a member of your immediate family had employment from which you earned income." The form, which covers calendar year 2008, does not require disclosure of how much income was earned.

On a separate ethics form filed earlier this year, Currie noted that his work with Shoppers had ended.

The FBI investigation has produced few public revelations in recent months, but there is no indication that it has concluded.

By John Wagner  |  April 30, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
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So what is the remedy? Shouldn't Currie go? His strong-arm tactics, not unlike Al Wynn, are well known and reviled in Prince George's.

Posted by: Towards_Light | May 1, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

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