Critics charge Ball violated ethic’s law by hiring his sister-in-law as his Public Information officer while she worked as his campaign consultant
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball paid four county employees more than $101,000 to do consulting work for his re-election campaign and also hired his sister-in-law in a position that some say violated the county law.Read More
The former Maryland Environmental Service Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships invoked his right against self-incrimination more than 100 times, disappointing legislators during Thursday’s joint committee investigation of a severance payout to the agency’s former director, who was also briefly Gov. Larry Hogan’s, R, chief of staff.Read More
The Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board members were given an extensive presentation about the financial disclosure requirements they must make as part of their service. Disclosure exemptions may be requested. However, Van Mitchell, chair of the board, said members voted prior to the meeting not to ask for exemptions.Read More
Comptroller Franchot tells crowd he’s running for governor in 2022; with the General Assembly session opening today, the Statehouse will see new House and Senate leaders: Speaker Adrienne Jones brings a quiet style to her post while incoming Senate President Bill Ferguson seeks stability during the transition; pay attention to the up and comers within the House and Senate; who are the six new members of the House and Senate?; as Gov. Hogan sets his top priorities as crime and corruption, he brushes off questions about his real estate business deals following Washington Monthly report; proposed I-270 monorail between Frederick and Montgomery counties gains traction; and with Amazon blooming in Arlington County, Va., the economic split between it and Montgomery County, Md., grows.Read More
In hopes of slowing the political revolving door out of government to influence government as a lobbyist, House Minority Leader O’Donnell testified Tuesday for a package of four ethics measures he’s introduced.
The package seeks to renew and in some cases tighten up the ethics code, particularly as it relates to former government officials becoming lobbyists to advocate for issues they worked on and where their influence remains.Read More
Calls for an ethics probe into Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola’s campaign contributions from State House lobbyists by 6th District primary challenger John Delaney will likely go unanswered unless a formal complaint is filed, according to Legislative Ethics Committee Counsel William Somerville.Read More
Senate President Mike Miller told reporters Monday that the Joint Committee on Ethics has decided on action to take on Sen. Ulysses Currie, D- Prince George’s, who failed to report $250,000 in consulting income from Shoppers Food Warehouse.Read More
A high-ranking Ehrlich administration official and former Republican candidate for Howard County Council has filed an ethics complaint against Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and County Council Chairman Calvin Ball.
Diane Wilson says Ulman and Ball used their offices to get her fired as the lobbyist for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce after serving just a week in January.Read More
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