Pr. Geo.'s candidate Rushern Baker pledges to disclose donors early
Rushern L. Baker III, a Democratic candidate for county executive in Prince George's, pledged Tuesday to voluntarily disclose all his campaign donors every 60 days, and challenged other candidates to do the same.
Baker has been facing questions from a rival over the source of $206,000 that came to his campaign via a slate--a group of candidates that raises money collectively. A slate formed in January, County 1 Now, transferred the money to Baker's campaign account, but it was not required to disclose its donors in the last campaign finance report that month. The next report is not due until August.
The list of the slate's donors did not accompany the announcement, made in an e-mail in which Baker pledged support for a bill proposed by Baker supporter Del. Justin Ross (D-Prince George's). The bill would require local and state candidates to disclose donors more often than currently required. Del. Gerron S. Levi (D-Prince George's), also running for executive, has also filed a bill to require increased disclosure by slates.
Both bills had hearings today in the General Assembly.
UPDATE: Del. Gerron S. Levi (D-Prince George's) says she will not respond to Baker's challenge to disclose all campaign donors every 60 days until Baker makes the "good faith gesture" of disclosing all of the donors to the slate County 1 Now.
"Before they demand more of us, do their part," Levi said. "Before you issue a challenge, complete the challenge. ...Until I see good faith on their part, I'm not going to respond to the challenge."
A call for comment to the Baker campaign was not immediately returned.
Baker's full announcement is below:
Team Baker today announced support for HR 1504, legislation in the House of Delegates that reforms campaign finance contributions, transfers, and reporting requirements.
Rushern Baker, Candidate for Prince Georges County Executive says "I have always supported disclosure of campaign finance information and I believe the citizens of Prince George's County deserve full disclosure. Every sixty days I will release the names of donors to my campaign as required by HR 1504. I will continue to release this information every sixty days and I challenge other candidates for County Executive in Prince George's County and Slates to do the same.''
Baker will also appear on the News Channel 8 program "News Talk" with Bruce DePuyt at 4pm today for a discussion of today's announcement and other campaign related news.
Team Baker 2010 will hold a formal public announcement of his candidacy at the Iverson Mall in Hillcrest Heights Maryland on Wednesday at 9am.
March 16, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo
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