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Lt. Gov. Returns Campaign Donations From Stewart

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A spokesman for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says the lieutenant governor has returned political donations he received from Richard Stewart, who pleaded guilty to federal authorities this month for failing to pay about $4 million in employment taxes.

Marc Goldberg, the spokesman, said Wednesday the donations had been returned.

Stewart, of Mitchellville, donated $4,750 to Brown’s campaign. Paul Kincaid, a spokesman for Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, says $1,500 in donations have been given to charity.

Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, says he has not had a chance to talk to the governor about what will be done with $7,000 in donations he received from Stewart.

The Maryland Republican Party has called on candidates to return donations from Stewart.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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