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Companies pour money into Baltimore mayor's race, despite new law

Companies pour money into Baltimore mayor's race, despite new law

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...

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