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Charles Lollar campaign loses in court over unpaid vendor bill

Charles Lollar

The Washington Post reports:

A political database software vendor in Northern Virginia wants the campaign of Charles Lollar, one of four Republican gubernatorial hopefuls in deeply blue Maryland, to pay its bills.

The Lollar campaign hired Rocketbase Solutions of Herndon in September to set up a voter database and tracking system using information from the Maryland Republican Party. The campaign paid a set-up fee of $2,850, but then tried to cancel the contract and asked for its money back, according to court documents.

The dispute landed in Fairfax County General District Court, where last month a judge sided with Rocketbase. Lollar’s campaign has been told to pay $20,425, along with 6 percent interest back to November and court costs.

The WaPo story goes on to remind readers that Lollar’s campaign had less than $6,000 on hand in January.

More from the story:

Paul A. Prados, an attorney for Rocketbase, said that two “senior campaign officials” testified at the trial and that Lollar attended. Since then, Prados said the campaign filed an appeal, but lost the opportunity because they did not pay a required bond within 30 days. Rocketbase has now filed paperwork to garnish funds from the Lollar campaign, Prados said.

Lollar told WaPo he didn’t know the details and couldn’t comment, despite the vendor’s attorney noting that Lollar attended the trial:

“Unfortunately, I don’t know much about it,” he said. “It involved someone on my campaign … Someone on my campaign fired them, and apparently they didn’t like that.”

[...]

When asked about the judgment against his campaign, Lollar responded: “I don’t know. I don’t know anything about that.”

When asked how much money his campaign now has, he said: “I’m not sure about that either. We’ll have to file a form in May. We’ll know then.”

When asked if he had attended the trial, the candidate said: “I can’t comment on that.”

Lollar then said he needed to consult with his campaign manager.

As I noted last year, you can’t spell Lollar without LOL.

UPDATE

Case details from the Virginia court records online:

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Does Anthony Brown really want every child to have a loving, caring home?

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If you watch television in Maryland, especially during the local news, you’ve probably gotten very tired of Anthony Brown’s current commercial about adoption that runs twice in the same newscast some evenings. It offers no real policy solutions and is just a fuzzy feel-good ad about adoption. After all, who is against adoptions?

Of course, Brown is talking up adoption and says “every child deserves a loving, caring home” while he received 100% ratings from Planned Parenthood as a legislator and he, along with Governor Martin O’Malley, were endorsed by NARAL. Brown also is a big supporter of Planned Parenthood in Maryland. Nationally, Planned Parenthood performs 149 abortions for every one adoption referral.

In 2006, Brown said he and O’Malley wouldn’t do anything to erode abortion rights. As a result of that kind of thinking, we have a situation in Maryland where minors have to get parental consent to use a tanning bed, but not to get an abortion. This kind of thinking leads to the O’Malley-Brown administration giving a license to perform abortions to someone like Leroy Carhart despite his track record and despite lies on his application to the medical board. In case you forgot, a 29-year old woman from out of state died after being a patient at Carhart’s clinic in Germantown, where she went for an abortion at 33 weeks.

This kind of thinking also leads to cases like that of Steven Brigham and Nicola Riley:

Brigham operated a secret late-term abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland, even though he had no license to practice in that state. He hired Riley to do late-term abortions there and at his abortion clinic in Baltimore. Brigham would start the late-term abortions at his office in New Jersey, then caravan the laboring women to Elkton where the abortions would be completed. The clandestine abortion scheme was discovered after a woman suffered a life-threatening botched abortion in August, 2010. When police raided the Elkton abortion clinic, they discovered the remains of 35 aborted babies, one of which was 33 weeks gestation.

Both of the above tragedies happened under the watch of the O’Malley-Brown administration’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which apparently stopped keeping track of abortion-related statistics after O’Malley and Brown took office (the last set of statistics was released in September 2006.) We don’t really know how many women come to Maryland for late term abortions because the laws are so permissive here, thanks to this administration.

Anthony Brown is a Catholic according to everything I’ve read. I’ve quoted the below passage before when I wrote about Heather Mizeur’s problems with following church law while remaining a Catholic.

In 1998, The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops noted that:

“Catholics who are privileged to serve in public leadership positions have an obligation to place their faith at the heart of their public service, particularly on issues regarding the sanctity and dignity of human life.” (12) They then declared: “We urge those Catholic officials who choose to depart from the Church teaching on the inviolability of human life in their public life to consider the consequences for their own spiritual well-being, as well as the scandal they risk by leading others into serious sin. We call on them to reflect on the grave contradiction of assuming public office and presenting themselves as credible Catholics when their actions on fundamental issues of human life are not in agreement with Church teaching“. Concluding this passage they then solemnly proclaimed: “No public official, especially one claiming to be a faithful and serious Catholic, can reasonably advocate for or actively support direct attacks on innocent human life…. no appeal to policy, procedure, majority will or pluralism ever excuses a public official from defending life to the greatest extent possible”.  [emphasis added]

Maybe if Anthony Brown talked about encouraging women who were looking at abortion to put their babies up for adoption he could be taken more seriously on this issue. Instead he throws out platitudes about adoption just like he throws them out about “reproductive health” while glossing over the issues that lead to deaths and injuries to women at the hands of shoddy abortionists who have been allowed to thrive in Maryland due to politicians like Brown and O’Malley.

Here’s the commercial that started this whole discussion:

 

Hough email hits Brinkley for Obamacare website votes

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From an email sent by Mike Hough’s campaign earlier today:

According to a Washington Post article on Friday, Maryland spent $90 million on healthcare exchange technology, which included a barely functioning website. Maryland has spent $130 million in taxpayer money on the failed healthcare exchange, with at least another $50 million to come in order to switch to Connecticut’s exchange.

“My opponent Senator David Brinkley voted to fund the failed Obamacare Exchange[1]. Brinkley brags about his empty calls for a special investigation, however the fact is Brinkley voted to implement[2], fund, and bailout[3] Obamacare in Maryland.”

This last session, in addition to opposing Obamacare spending, Delegate Hough introduced legislation to get rid of Maryland’s Obamacare Exchange[4] and stop the implementation of Obamacare[5].

“The contrast is clear, Senator Brinkley voted numerous times to support Obamacare and I voted no and fought against it.”

The footnotes referenced in the message are:

[1] HB 100, 2013 & SB 170, 2014
[2] SB 96, 2014
[3] SB 134, 2014
[4] HB 1229, 2014
[5] HB 169, 2014

Watch Heather Mizeur’s Google Hangout

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Earlier tonight, Heather Mizeur participated in a Google Hangout that was streamed live.

Here’s what her campaign wrote about the event:

Join Delegate Heather Mizeur as she discusses her vision for Maryland in her campaign to be our next Governor. Then, find out how you can get involved in the campaign to bring true progressive change to our state.

You can watch the video below:

David Craig campaign’s puzzling Twitter activity

The following retweet was made today by the David Craig campaign:

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I asked a source close to the Craig campaign for comment on why the campaign might have made this retweet and the source had no clue. It seems odd that a candidate for governor would make a retweet of a tweet originally made two days ago regarding a federal issue in another state (the Bundy Ranch situation.)

Follower numbers are not the most important statistic on any social media platform. However, the Craig campaign does have 1233 followers on Twitter. That compares to 648 followers for Ron George, 1178 for Larry Hogan, and 3519 followers for Charles Lollar. Democratic gubernatorial follower counts on Twitter are: 10.4K followers for Anthony Brown, 4,824 for Doug Gansler, and 5393 for Heather Mizeur.

By comparison, congressional candidate Dan Bongino has almost 18,000 followers on Twitter. My personal twitter account has almost 5100 followers while The Quinton Report has over 8100 followers.

I’ll look more at the campaigns on social media in the coming weeks.