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This morning, we reported that out-going Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith has a nice chunk of political change to donate to other candidates, about $1.2 million, sources close to him report. And we explain a way he could circumvent the $6,000 candidate-to-candidate limit. He could transfer an unlimited amount to his Baltimore County Victory Slate, established for the 2006 gubernatorial election. The slate could then transfer virtually any amount to any other candidate on the slate. Right now, Smith is one of 21 members, though other candidates, even if they have nothing to do with Baltimore County, can be added at any time. Common Cause, a Maryland group that favors campaign finance reform, says such intra-slate transfers are tantamount to a "slush fund."

Here are the current Baltimore County Victory Slate members, all Democrats:

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Andrew Belt, sought Baltimore County delegate seat

Jon Cardin, Baltimore County delegate

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Patricia Foerster, former president of Maryland State Teachers Union

Linda Hart, Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee elected member

Delores Kelley, Baltimore County senator

Katherine Klausmeier, Baltimore County senator

Stephen Lafferty, Baltimore County delegate seat

Tracy Miller, sought Baltimore County delegate seat

Joseph Minnick, Baltimore County delegate

Dan Morhaim, Baltimore County delegate

Martin O'Malley, governor

Kenneth Oliver, Baltimore County councilman

John Olszewski, Baltimore County delegate (Johnny O's son)

John "Johnny O" Olszewski, Baltimore County councilman

Todd Schuler, Baltimore County delegate

* Scott Shellenberger, Baltimore County state's attorney

James T. Smith, Baltimore County executive

Norman Stone, Baltimore County senator

Jack Sturgill, sought Baltimore County delegate seat

Michael Weir, Baltimore County delegate

Bobby Zirkin, Baltimore County senator

Note that neither Kevin Kamenetz nor Joe Bartenfelder, considered the leading candidates to replace Smith as county executive, is on the list.

* Shellenberger, as we reported this morning, has already greatly benefited from this slate. In 2006, Smith transferred $585,000 to the slate, and Shellenberger, a first-time candidate in a tight race, received $435,000 from it.

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