Opponents call for investigation into Hogan’s campaign finances


LATEST UPDATE: The Hogan campaign purchased the assets of Change Maryland for $18,614.05.


The Change Maryland IRS filings are below.

Click here for the 2011 filing.

Click here for the 2014 filing

UPDATE: Click here to see that Change Maryland, LLC is not in good standing with the state of Maryland.

The campaigns of David Craig and Ron George have called for an investigation into Change Maryland and the Hogan campaign’s finances.

I would suggest that the Craig and George campaigns also talk to the IRS. Change Maryland LLC filed paperwork organizing itself as a political organization with the IRS in 2011. Since that time, they have not filed electronically with the IRS, which indicated they didn’t spend or raise $50K in a year. However, Change Maryland would have to file the paper copies of reports and provide them to anyone who requests them. The IRS would do the same. I would suggest the George or Craig campaigns to ask Change Maryland the IRS for that documentation.

Additionally, IRS records indicate that the name of the political organization was changed from Change Maryland LLC to CHANGE MARYLAND in February 2014. Maryland business records show that Change Maryland, LLC is no longer in good standing with the State of Maryland, but unlike other businesses related to Hogan’s campaign manager, the business was not forfeited.

I’ll go ahead and publicly call on Change Maryland to release any and all required paperwork disclosing their finances that they filed with the IRS since their organization.

Here’s the Craig version of the press release:


(ANNAPOLIS, Md – May 12, 2014) Today, the Ron George & Shelley Aloi for Maryland campaign joined the Craig-Haddaway for Maryland campaign in filling a complaint with the Maryland Board of Elections alleging illegal coordination between between Change Maryland, LLC and Larry Hogan’s various campaign committees.

“These actions by Change Maryland, LLC and Larry’s campaign committees represent an egregious breach of the public trust and utter disrespect for the law. We expect can-didates for public office to hold themselves to a higher standard. These laws are de-signed to promote transparency,” said David Craig.

“The public should know where contributions are coming from and where they are go-ing; It’s a matter of public trust. Furthermore, they should expect those who want to make more laws follow the laws we already have,” said Delegate Ron George.

On January 31, 2014, Change Maryland, LLC filed its most recent contributions and expense report for the period of January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 listing total contributions received of $145,995 while expending $213,040.

“We believe that all current and prior activities of Change Maryland, LLC appear to be directed by Larry’s campaigns and those activities should be considered part of his gu-bernatorial campaign for reporting purposes. With this complaint, we are asking the State Board of Elections to investigate. If the Board of Elections doesn’t, we can expect organizations in the future to skirt campaign finance laws to hide where their money comes from and where it goes. I hope the Board of Election agrees with us that the pro-cess should be transparent and uphold the integrity of law,” said Paul Ellington, cam-paign manager for Craig-Haddaway for Maryland.

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