ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint against Republican Larry Hogan’s campaign for governor, but the campaign says it’s groundless.

The complaint filed Thursday with the state elections board alleges the campaign violated election law through a grassroots group called Change Maryland that Hogan formed. Hogan later bought the group to use for his campaign.

The complaint alleges the group conducted a September poll for $10,000, but it was not mentioned on a list of assets purchased by the campaign. Democrats are complaining about social media used by the group.

Two of Hogan’s Republican primary opponents also filed complaints about Change Maryland, but the board dismissed them.

Hogan campaign spokesman Adam Dubitsky says the Democratic complaint is nearly identical to the ones filed by Hogan’s primary opponents.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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