Today is the last day of the 2023 Legislative Session. There will be much more to come on that topic. Today I wanted to make you aware of the letter that several other conservative legislators sent to the Department of Justice, the Federal Election Committee, and the Special Prosecutor of the State of Maryland regarding the potential campaign violations of ACT Blue.
April 10, 2023
Contact: Louisa Baucom 443-386-5191
MARYLAND LEGISLATORS ASK FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLE CAMPAIGN FINANCE FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING
Today, Maryland Legislators have sent a letter to State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard, along with the Federal Election Commission, The Department of Justice, and the Maryland State Board of Elections, requesting an investigation into potential campaign finance irregularities. The allegations stem from a recent video released by James O’Keefe that appears to show massive contribution fraud by individuals in Annapolis.
The video shows individuals asked if they had donated thousands to Act Blue. It alleges that over $200,000 was contributed in the name of one Maryland resident.
The letter urges State Prosecutor Howard to investigate this potential misconduct and take appropriate action against those responsible for wrongdoing. In addition, the legislators emphasize the importance of oversight and accountability in the political process, so they call for a prompt investigation.
"Campaign finance irregularities are a serious matter that cannot be ignored. We must ensure that our political process remains fair and free of corruption, and any individuals responsible for such activities must be held accountable." - Delegate Matt Morgan said
Delegate Kathy Szeliga said, "It is essential that any potential misconduct be properly investigated and addressed. This reminds all elected officials of our obligation to ensure transparency and accountability in the democratic process."
"The data is alarming and needs to be thoroughly investigated to ensure confidence in our elections. Any wrongdoing must be exposed and addressed to the fullest extent of the law," said Delegate Nicholaus Kipke.
The public is encouraged to contact their local representatives with any questions or concerns.
April 10, 2023
Charlton T. Howard, III
Maryland State Prosecutor
300 East Joppa Road, Suite 21286
Towson, MD 21286
Office of Inspector General
Federal Election Commission
1050 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20463
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Maryland State Board of Elections
151 West Street,
Annapolis, MD 21401
Dear State Prosecutor Howard, et al,
We are writing today to request an investigation of campaign finance irregularities in Maryland.
We were shocked and concerned to see the recent video from James O’Keefe, which appears to expose massive campaign contribution fraud. The video can be viewed here:
The people being interviewed have allegedly been used for logging multiple campaign contributions to Act Blue, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet when asked- these people have said that while they have made some donations, they were sure it was not in the quantity and amount that is recorded on the books. The video shows individuals in Annapolis, Maryland, asked if they had made these donations. In one instance, $217,000.00 was made through twelve thousand separate donations over three years in the name of one Maryland resident.
If these allegations are true, this represents a serious issue that needs to be quickly resolved.
It is essential for proper oversight and accountability that this potential misconduct is thoroughly investigated and addressed. We have obtained data that supports the O'Keefe claims, which we will send in a separate and private email.
We urge you to immediately investigate these claims and any other potential campaign finance irregularities. The public has a right to know that the political process remains fair and free of corruption. Moreover, any person responsible for such activities must be held accountable to ensure this kind of misconduct does not happen again.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.