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Balto. Co. zoning referendum fight puts spotlight on hired petition companies
Balto. Co. zoning referendum fight puts spotlight on hired petition companies

Men and women armed with clipboards and pens have been common sights at grocery stores, libraries, farmers' markets and shopping centers in Baltimore County, seeking signatures on petitions to overturn zoning decisions through a voter referendum. But many were not passionate local activists — they were paid by petition companies based in other states, hired by firms with ties to developers with interests in the zoning decisions. Some were accused by residents of lying to gain a petition signature. In one case, petition workers had a physical altercation outside the Cockeysville Library. "It was sort of the Wild West out there," said Tim Maloney, a lawyer who...

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