In a complaint filed Wednesday, Craig and George allege Hogan's campaign failed to disclose donations to Change Maryland and expenditures by the nonprofit used for Hogan's campaign.
Including donations to Change Maryland, Craig and George say Hogan's campaign may have accepted more than allowed under state law from some individuals.
At a press conference Wednesday in
Hogan's campaign claims it did not violate any campaign finance rules because Change Maryland has been owned by Hogan's campaign since the campaign started, said
Hogan's campaign in its April campaign finance report did report purchasing assets from Change Maryland.
Dubitsky said "Paid For by Hogan-Rutherford" is clearly stated on Change Maryland's website and on the "about" page of Change Maryland's Facebook page.
"The entire premise of these allegations by two desperate campaigns is utterly absurd and patently false," Dubitsky said. "Our campaign has worked closely with the
In 2011, Hogan started Change Maryland, a 527 nonprofit that has labeled itself as "a grassroots movement fighting to bring fiscal responsibility and common sense to
In 2013, according to
But Craig and George said it was assumed Hogan was running long before he filed.
Craig's and George's complaint calls Change Maryland a "media outlet" and says its Facebook page feed has been "dominated by the Hogan Campaign."
A Change Maryland post on
DeMarinis said the elections board would look into whether "coordination and cooperation" laws to see if any violations occurred.
Craig and George said they hoped for a quick response.
"We will review the complaint and make a determination quickly as we can on the matter," DeMarinis said.
Craig and George's press conference came less than two hours after Hogan's campaign announced it had cleared the threshold of
By clearing that barrier, Hogan would become the first candidate on the Republican side to qualify for public matching funds in the
Hogan said if he wins the primary, the accomplishment will guarantee his campaign
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