Md. GOP accuses O'Malley of 'bullying' state employees for campaign contributions
Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Audrey Scott on Monday accused Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) of "attempting to bully" state employees into contributing money to his reelection campaign.
Scott's charge was accompanied by a copy of a fundraising solicitation apparently sent to the state e-mail account of a state worker late last month.
"It is entirely inappropriate for Governor O'Malley's campaign to solicit state employees for campaign cash on their government e-mail addresses," Scott said. "Such tactics border on workforce intimidation, since many of these employees serve at the pleasure of the governor and could fear for their jobs if they don't donate to the O'Malley campaign."
O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said the e-mail appeared to have been sent to someone who signed up on O'Malley's Web campaign site to receive updates on the campaign using their state e-mail address.
"The campaign's database is substantial," he said. "In most cases, individuals are added after signing up to receive updates or more information about certain issues. We are in the process of looking through the list to ensure that this does not happen again."
Abbruzzese noted that the e-mail sent by the campaign allows recipients to "unsubscribe" if they do not want to receive similar e-mail in the future.
The state GOP provided a single solicitation to reporters with a portion of the e-mail address blacked out. Party spokesman Ryan Mahoney said the party had heard other complaints from state workers claiming not to have signed up for e-mail from O'Malley.
May 17, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
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