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Maryland Gov. Hogan’s campaign makes more refunds to donors

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has again refunded tens of thousands of dollars to campaign donors, according to his latest campaign finance report.

The governor returned more in donations than he received over the past 12 months, and has a small balance in his campaign account largely due to selling a campaign bus.

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The Republican governor returned $43,910.50 worth of donations to 18 individuals and businesses. All were listed on the report as “Refund Prior Period Contribution.”

Hogan’s campaign said the refunds were made after discovering errors, including individuals who donated in excess of the limit of $6,000 per donor.

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The campaign also filed amended reports for several prior years.

“In the process of winding down our campaign, we have amended old reports to correctly reflect the allocation of joint contributions between spouses, and refunded the excessive portions of other contributions,” campaign attorney Chris Ashby said in a statement.

Those refunds came days after the Maryland Democratic Party filed a complaint in July 2019, alleging that nearly 100 Hogan donors had violated campaign laws by donating too much. The Hogan campaign called the complaint “sloppy” at the time. But since then, the campaign has scrutinized its books for any errors.

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The campaign maintains that the refunded donations represent a small fraction of the $19 million raised over the years from some 50,000 donors.

For the most recent 12-month reporting period, covering mid-January 2020 through mid-January 2021, the Hogan campaign reported nearly $92,000 in income, including more than $29,000 in donations and $37,000 for selling a campaign bus.

The campaign’s expenses of more than $83,000 included the refunded donations, legal and consulting fees, insurance, cellphone service and software. The campaign has $4,707.30 in the bank and owes a bill for $10,646.10 worth of repairs to a bus and truck service company in Prince George’s County.

Hogan, who was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018, is barred from running for governor again due to term limits. He hasn’t announced his next political move, but is thought to be weighing a run for president or U.S. Senate.

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