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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Ehrlich paid $14,000 to Henson in days before election

By John Wagner

Henson.jpgThe campaign of former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) reported paying $14,000 in the final days of the race to the political consultant who has taken responsibility for ordering anonymous election-night robocalls suggesting Democrats "relax" and stay home.

The payments, included in a finance report made public Tuesday, bring the total Ehrlich spent on the services of Julius Henson to $111,150 this year. Payments were made to two firms run by Henson, Universal Elections and Politics Today. The two most recent payments are dated Oct. 21 and Oct. 29 to Universal Elections.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) has filed a civil complaint in federal court, alleging the more than 112,000 calls -- placed while the polls were still open on Nov. 2 -- were intended to suppress voter turnout and violated federal law.

The Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor and the U.S. Justice Department have also made inquiries regarding the episode.

Henson, who usually works for Democrats in Baltimore and Prince George's County, has said the calls were "counterintuitive" and meant to inspire voters inclined to vote to Ehrlich to go to the polls.

While appearing in the studios of WBAL radio on Saturday as a guest on his wife's radio show, Ehrlich declined comment on the robocalls. He previously said Henson was hired to help with outreach in the African-American community.

By John Wagner  | November 23, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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Ehrlich will never learn until he starts spending time in jail for his violations of campaign law. Book him Danno.

Posted by: MarilynManson | November 24, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Phone solicitation is the technology of the desperate.

We are sick of our lives being interrupted at the most inopportune times for a political message we don't want, especially so when it's a freakin' recording.

If we have never called you, don't call us!

Posted by: gpsman | November 24, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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