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Md. Developer Charged With Straw Contributions

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A Baltimore County developer has been charged with making straw contributions to a county councilman and exceeding contribution limits, and his attorney says he plans to plead guilty.

The Maryland State Prosecutor’s office announced charges Thursday against Stephen Whalen. He’s charged with giving $2,500 in cash to three different people who then contributed that money to Councilman Tom Quirk last year. Whalen is also charged with violating the $10,000 limit on contributions during a single Maryland election cycle through his donations to Quirk, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Councilman David Marks.

Whalen’s attorney, Andrew Jay Graham, says he has worked out a plea deal but declined to provide specifics. Graham says Whalen will “acknowledge that he made some mistakes.” He describes the violations as technical in nature.

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

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