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Md. GOP accuses O'Malley of 'bullying' state employees for campaign contributions

John Wagner

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.

By John Wagner  |  May 17, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
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Bob Ehrlich's state party chair calls a handful of emails mistakenly sent to state employees "workforce intimidation," but she has no problem with Bob Ehrlich criss-crossing the state getting business owners to require their employees to listen as Mr. Erhlich lectures them on why they must vote for him.

Does Mr. Ehrlich ask his captive audience to "volunteer" to take bumper stickers and signs--under their supervisors' watchful eyes?

It looks like Bob Ehrlich figured out the only way regular people will listen to him is to intimidate them where they work.

- Steve Lebowitz, Annapolis

PS - True, Gov. O'Malley is scheduled to visit a business today, as Mr. Ehrlich did when he was governor, as countless elected officials have done while in office. That's not the same as Mr. Ehrlich's series of workplace campaign events, saying, in so many words, vote for me if you want to keep your job. - SL

Posted by: justdafactsSteveLebowitz | May 18, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Audrey on this one. Nice job, chairman!

Posted by: DANIELVOVAK | May 18, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I would like to see the POST publish an analytical piece on the respective policies and actions of the O'Malley and Ehrlich administrations (For example,actions taken in--and ultimate disposition of--cases opened by their respective Public Service Commissions, accomplishments in attracting businesses to locate in Maryland, or accomplishments made to restore the Chesapeake.). Piecemeal articles backed by no real substantiation are useless to the citizenry.

Posted by: Watersville | May 18, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

The Md GOP has finally gone off the deep end with this one. Regardless of the tit for tat emails, OMalley has furloughed, which means cut salaries, for thousands of state employees, why would they give him a dime?

Posted by: VikingRider | May 18, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing new, Julia Gouge a Carroll County Commissioner uses this tactic for every election. An employee was fired in 2000 by opposing commissioners and in 2006, he gave Julia Gouge over $1000 dollars to her campaign. She is a democrat that wears republican for the votes. And no MD politician elected wanted to change the law.

Posted by: gwjohns45 | May 21, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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