BALTIMORE (AP) — Ben Jealous says it was an “error” when he requested a meeting about support for his campaign for governor with a Maryland lobbyist who was convicted of mail fraud 18 years ago.

Jealous, a Democrat, was asked about several calls he made to lobbyist Gerry Evans, as Jealous rolled out an ethics reform plan Wednesday. At a news conference, Jealous said he would not meet with lobbyists convicted of fraud or corruption charges.

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Evans released audio of one voicemail left by Jealous to The Daily Record, which first reported the calls.

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When asked about it, Jealous said “we requested a meeting in error.” Jealous told the newspaper he didn’t know the Evans he called was the lobbyist. He also says his campaign would have returned a check from him.

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