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Maryland GOP hires first finance director in 7 years

Energized by victories this fall, the Maryland Republican Party announced Friday it hired its first finance director since 2008.

Before Gov.-elect Larry Hogan's upset win this November and a wave of Republicans elected into office across the state, the Republican Party had spent years in debt and arguing over a way forward.

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Now, the party ended 2014 in black and expects to raise over $1 million next year. The party has actively been raising cash for Hogan's inauguration.

The turn of fortunes for the GOP allowed it to hire a full-time finance director, a job that had been done by a series of consultants when necessary.

The party hired Margot Crouch to create a strategy to attract new donors and convince existing ones to give even more.  Crouch has served as the deputy finance director for the Pennsylvania Republican Party.

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