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Holton pleads no contest to campaign finance charges

Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton pleaded no contest to violating campaign finance laws, charges that grew out of the prosecution of former Mayor Sheila Dixon.

The Sun's Julie Scharper reports that Holton had been accused of "exceeding campaign finance limits by asking bakery magnate John Paterakis Sr. and developer Ronald Lipscomb to pay $12,500 to fund a poll during her election campaign."

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Julie reports that Holton received probation before judgment, was fined $2,500 and must serve one year of unsupervised probation. The offense is classified as a misdemeanor.

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