Ex-aide sues Carter's mayoral campaign for unpaid expenses

The Baltimore Sun

A former aide to Del. Jill P. Carter's mayoral campaign sued the campaign this week for $236 in unpaid expenses, the latest political finance dispute faced by a candidate running for office in Baltimore this year.

Ellen Townsend, a Carroll County resident, said she performed secretarial duties for Carter's campaign this year and incurred the expenses - mostly cell phone charges - during late April and early May. She filed a small-claims lawsuit for the money in Maryland District Court on Tuesday.

"In the course of my job, I incurred a lot of expenses, which I was told numerous times ... would be reimbursed," Townsend said.

Asked to confirm that Townsend had worked for Carter's campaign, a spokesman said he thought she might have. He said the campaign will figure out what happened with the expenses after the Sept. 11 primary election.

"We're not that concerned about the amount, and we'll have a conversation with her in the coming days once the primary is over and we can sit down and look at all the bills," said Alex Krughoff, the spokesman.

Carter, who represents the 41st District in the House of Delegates, formally announced her candidacy for mayor July 2. She has raised about $29,000 since mid-January. Her most recent finance report, filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections on Aug. 31, said she had $7,827 in the bank.

Townsend's suit also lists Wayne Clarke, a Carter campaign official, as a defendant. Townsend provided several e-mails between Clarke and herself, including one in June, regarding the money.

Questions have been raised about the campaign finances of several candidates in this year's primary season, including one of Carter's opponents, City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., and City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, who is running to retain her position.


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