Prominent Dems set up PAC and website

Prominent Dems set up PAC and website

Anne Arundel County Council member Jamie Benoit and a prominent Democratic lawyer have launched a political action committee and website called “dedicated to educating voters on the theocratic policies and bigoted national network of Michael Peroutka,” a Republican running for Anne Arundel County Council in District 5.

Benoit is term-limited and this is not his district.

Dan Clements, an Annapolis resident who is former president of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association and active in many Democratic political campaigns, is the treasurer of, which filed its paperwork 10 days ago.

Clements said the website was launched Friday. It was first reported on Saturday by Paul Rosenberg of Rosenberg’s long piece is an example of the wide attention the Peroutka nomination has received from liberal commentators on national news websites such as Huffington Post and Daily Kos.

Most of the website, in fact, is devoted to compiling all the Maryland and national stories that have been done about Peroutka since he won the GOP nomination by just 38 votes.

Clements said one of the primary purposes of the website is to display “Peroutka in his own words” and the reporting of others on his alliance with the secessionist group League of the South. On Sunday night, there were already 43 articles in’s reading list, less than a third from Maryland media.

Clements said, “We fully anticipate we’ll get sued” by the litigious Peroutka, an attorney with a Pasadena law practice.

In its own words, the site’s homepage does say that Peroutka, “the 2004 presidential candidate of the far-right Constitution Party – flies the Confederate battle flag over his multi-million dollar estate. He calls it “the American flag.” His allegiance is not to the United States or to the values for which our actual American flag stands. His allegiance is to a militant, national network of theocratic white supremacists who detest the Republican and Democratic Parties alike and want to break up the Union.”

–Len Lazarick


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Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.


  1. InGodWeTrust

    Mr. Lazarik: Your ignorance and disrespect for the Constitution is truly alarming. If you are going to opine so strongly against Mr. Peroutka, please at least get yourself an education on the Constitution – so you don’t continue to make a fool of yourself. I am certain the IOTC would truly welcome you at their upcoming Fall class to close the gaping hole in your Constitutional knowledge.

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