Bill to limit fundraising is withdrawn

The Baltimore Sun

Legislation that would ban political fundraising during a special session of the General Assembly was withdrawn by its sponsor, Del. S. Saqib Ali, who said it didn't have the support to pass.

A January opinion from the legislature's ethics committee held that lawmakers should not receive contributions or conduct fundraising events during a special session but that "it would not be practical or prudent to force the cancellation of a previously-scheduled event that may coincide with a special session."

Ali, a Montgomery County Democrat, said the opinion doesn't go far enough and that he might re-introduce his bill next year.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and key lawmakers logged more than $500,000 in donations during November's special session. O'Malley and several of the lawmakers said the gifts were given before the special session began but not recorded until later.

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