Company Cited Over $268K In Unlawful Campaign Contributions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s state prosecutor says a Montgomery County company has received 12 citations for making $268,000 in over-contributions to political campaigns.

Emmet Davitt announced Friday that Retail Services and Systems Inc. has been fined $60,000 because of contributions made by wholly-owned subsidiaries in the 2010 to 2014 election cycle.

Prosecutors say then-Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s campaign for governor received $124,000 in over-contributions. The office says the campaign of his running mate, Ken Ulman, received $82,000 in over-contributions. Comptroller Peter Franchot’s campaign received $62,000.

RSSI has made a charitable contribution of $90,000 to the Maryland Fair Campaign Financing Fund. Maryland law provides for civil penalties in cases where the contributor doesn’t know the act was illegal. Davitt says the state doesn’t have evidence the contributions were made with knowledge they were unlawful.


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