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Report: Garagiola Omitted Lobbying On Md. Forms

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland state senator running for Congress may have violated state ethics rules by failing to report for three years his employment by a Washington lobbying firm.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Montgomery County Democrat Robert Garagiola didn’t report more than $200,000 in earnings from Greenberg Traurig on ethics disclosure forms he filed from 2001 to 2003.

Garagiola is running for the 6th District House seat. He said Friday he thought he only had to report outside income from businesses he owned.

State ethics chief Michael Lord says that’s one possible interpretation of the form’s instructions, which have since been clarified.

Garagiola says he’ll refile amended forms if necessary. A spokesman for Garagiola’s Democratic primary opponent John Delaney says Garagiola lied to voters on the forms.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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