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.
Case details from the Virginia court records online: