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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/ 9/2010

Charges filed in illegal campaign flier case

By Miranda S. Spivack

Jerry J. Mathis, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Prince George's County Council, was charged Friday by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler with distributing campaign material without proper markings.

Mathis, 57, of Fort Washington, is charged with three misdemeanor counts of distributing campaign material without proper authority line. Each count is punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and a fine of $25,000.

Mathis is a real estate agent and a trustee of Prince George's Community College. He said Friday that the charges were unfounded and violated his free-speech rights and those of Charles Summers, who was listed on the fliers as treasurer of Citizens for Change.

The fliers offered recommendations for voters in the Democratic primary but were challenged by several candidates, including State. Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D) who said the fliers linked them with candidates they were not endorsing, and were misleading.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

For more details on this report, go to the Maryland Politics blog.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | October 9, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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