The State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar is ineligible for public financing because he missed the legal deadline to apply.
The board voted unanimously to deny the waiver request by Lollar, a Charles County business executive. Jared Demarinis, executive director of candidacy and campaign finance, told the board that Lollar missed the Feb. 25 to apply because his campaign had forgotten that was the deadline for applying for public financing as well as for filing candidacy papers.
DeMarinis said Lollar's campaign did not make a formal request for a waiver until Monday — a full month after the deadline. The official said he agreed to present the waiver request before the board, but members decided they had no authority to extend the deadline. Lollar's GOP rivals — Anne Arundel County Del. Ron George, Harford County Executive David R. Craig and former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan — filed applications that were on time.
Lollar said Thursday that he can't blame the elections board. "We didn't do what we were supposed to do," he said.
Lollar said the lapse will not be a fatal blow to his so-far sparsely funded campaign. "We've managed to do a lot with a little," he said. "We know the money's going to be there."
In his campaign finance report on Jan. 15, Lollar reported $5,731 in cash on hand.