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Lollar campaign finance report raises questions

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charles Lollar's supporters often say that he is "the only candidate that can win," but his campaign finance report raises more questions than answers.

(Disclosure: Red Maryland's editors have unanimously endorsed Larry Hogan for governor.)

Lollar's gubernatorial campaign raised a paltry $65,329.67 during the last year, and he has only $5,731.35 available cash-on-hand according to the filings due to the Board of Elections yesterday.

That's not the interesting part.

Since September Charles Lollar has been directly paid $10,117.20 by the campaign in reimbursements. The reimbursements are often described in the filings as "meeting expenses," one every month from September through December.

Lollar's curious reimbursements harken back to his 2010 Congressional campaign, when it turns out that he was paid over $65,000 in funds from his federal account, of which $47,000 was described as salary.

Salaries paid to federal candidates are legal under federal campaign finance law, but state campaign finance law prohibits them. Just what is Lollar being reimbursed for?

--Brian Griffiths is a co-founder and contributing editor for Red Maryland, which has strived to be the premier blog and radio network of conservative and Republican politics and ideas in the free state since 2007. He is chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans. and has worked on and advised numerous local, state and federal campaigns. His Red Maryland posts appear here regularly.

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