Government watchdog groups cheered in 2013 when the General Assembly closed the so-called LLC loophole, passing a law preventing business owners from having outsized influence in Maryland elections by donating to political campaigns through small corporations.
But donations in this year's mayoral race — the first test of the new law — show the reform is having little effect, a review by The Baltimore Sun found.
Donors and the companies they own are giving to mayoral candidates through businesses located at the same address. Examples include:
•Developer Armando Cignarale — who tried unsuccessfully to build a 23-story tower along Canton's waterfront...