This was originally posted on another one of my blogs, Open Maryland.
Pollard Towing Company has been disliked by a number of people (since it tows cars in lots and charges high amounts), and I wanted to know what entities have given to them in recent years. Like last time with Kevin Kamenetz, I looked at the Campaign Finance section on the Maryland State Board of Elections website to find which contributions they gave out since 2007.
I found the following came from Pollard Towing Company (note that the italicized names are names of campaign committees and names of the candidates are bolded)
- In 2007, Friends For Joe Bartenfelder got two ticket purchasing checks, one for $100.00 and another for $250.00 in 2010 (collectively $450.00)
- From 2008 to 2010, Friends of Stephen G. “Sam” Moxley got three ticket purchasing checks of $250.00 and one of $300.00 (collectively $1,050.00)
- In 2009, Friends of Kathy Klausmeier got a $100.00 campaign contribution, and one of the same amount in 2010 (total: $200.00)
- In 2010, the Committee for (Kevin) Kamenetz got $350.00 of contributions and $600.00 of ticket purchasing checks (total: $950.00)
- In 2011, Friends for John Sr. Olszewski got a $300.00 ticket purchasing check (total: $300.00)
- In 2008 Andy Harris for Maryland committee got a $200.00 ticket purchasing check and a contribution of $250.00 and the next year he received another contribution of $250.00 (total: $700.00)
- Between 2007 and 2010, the Committee to elect Jim Brochin received five ticket purchases checks, totally collectively $3750.00
- In 2009, the Susan Aumann for Delegate committee got a $50.00 ticket purchasing check
- In 2008 and 2010-2011, Friends of Todd Hoff committee received collectively in campaign contributions and ticket purchases checks $3350.00
- In 2010, Friends for Greg Morgan received $500.00 of ticket purchases checks
- In 2010, Citizens for Ken Holt received $1000.00 in campaign contributions
These revelations show a very interesting pattern in campaign contributions to certain Baltimore County candidates. I made a chart of these numbers to make it even easier for people to understand. It is below:
*Note that a Ticket Purchasing Check is simply “purchasing a ticket to attend a campaign fundraiser,” which is considered a “contribution or a transfer to the political committee selling the tickets” according to the Maryland State Board of Elections