Lt. Gov. Brown Takes More than $20K from Felon and His Associates, Then Offloads Money Illegally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lt. Gov. Brown Takes More than $20K from Felon and His Associates, Then Offloads Money Illegally

 Brown Still Holding Thousands Donated by Cronies of Jeffrey Thompson, Architect of “Shadow Campaign” for DC Mayor Vincent Grey

Silver Spring, MARYLAND – On a single day in 2006, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown received $20,500 in contributions from the architect of the Vincent Gray shadow campaign, Jeffrey E. Thompson, and his cronies. Between that day in 2006 and 2011, Brown received $23,200 from Thompson, his business, and his associates. In March 2014, Thompson pled guilty to illegally funneling more than $2 million to political campaigns.

In 2012, facing public scrutiny over contributions from Thompson and his cabal, Brown made two illegal donations to charities in Maryland in an attempt to offload the money. Of the $23,200 he ultimately received, however, he only donated $17,000 – so Brown is still sitting on the remaining $6,200 in dirty money.

The following chart reflects the contributions Brown accepted from Thompson.

Date

Donor

Amount

Relationship

12/08/11

Chris Lawson

$200

President of Insuraty, which has contracted with Chartered Health

12/03/11

Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates, P.C.

$1,000

Thompson Business

1/12/11

Christopher D. Lawson

$1,000

President of Insuraty, which has contracted with Chartered Health

10/26/06

Francis S. Smith

$500

SVP at Chartered Health Plan

10/25/06

Jeffrey E. Thompson

$4,000

Self

10/25/06

RapidTrans, Inc.

$4,000

Thompson Business

10/25/06

Chartered Family Health Center

$4,000

Thompson Business

10/25/06

Lee. N. Calhoun

$1,000

Principal at Thompson, Cobb

10/25/06

David W. Wilmot

$1,000

Lobbyist who represented Thompson’s companies

10/25/06

Francis S. Smith

$500

SVP at Chartered Health Plan

10/25/06

Christopher D. Lawson

$1,000

President of Insuraty, which has contracted with Chartered Health

10/25/06

Michelle D. Haywood

$1,000

Spokeswoman for Insuraty

10/25/06

Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates, P.C.

$4,000

Thompson Business

           [Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System; Washington Times, 4/02/12]

On July 28, 2012, the Brown campaign gave $8,500 to Prince George’s Community College Foundation. That same day, it also gave $8,500 to Associated Black Charities of Maryland. [Brown Campaign Annual Report, Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System, filed 1/16/13]

Maryland law is clear that campaigns cannot donate money to charity unless the campaign committee is closing, in order to prevent the appearance or reality of purchasing support or currying favor with nonprofit groups, and to prevent money laundering.

In the case of one of Brown’s donations, the favor came back to him in the form of a campaign contribution. Brown served on the Board of Trustees of Prince George’s Community College from 1995 to 1999, and as its chair from 1998 to 1999. Brown contributed $8,500 of the corrupt Jeffrey Thompson money to Prince George’s Community College Foundation on July 28, 2012. As of January 2014, the current president of Prince George’s Community College, Charlene Dukes, has contributed $3,000 to Brown. [Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System, accessed 3/15/14]

These questions remain:

1. What are Brown’s ties to Jeffrey Thompson and his underground network of campaign contributors?

2. Why did Brown make these illegal donations to charity?

3. How did Brown choose these two charities?

4. Why is Brown still sitting on $6,200 of Jeffrey Thompson money, and what will he do with it now that it’s been brought to light?

5. Given that Thompson’s tentacles extended far and wide, how much more money has Brown taken from his cronies, assuming that the amount turned up here is just a drop in the bucket? After all, according to his plea deal, Thompson “utilized at least 32 conduits” to make contributions to various candidates and PACs.

“It’s no secret that Lt. Governor Brown has deep and wide connections to special interests, and this latest revelation is extremely, extremely troubling,” said Delegate Jolene Ivey, candidate for lieutenant governor. “Brown took a huge chunk of money from a man who tried to subvert the democratic system by funneling illegal donations to elected officials. He should return the remaining funds and explain to voters why he thinks it’s fine for him to break the law while raking in cash from criminal money-men.”

Brown has long ties to special interests. He regularly hosted lobbyists and special interest big-wigs in his tax-payer funded Redskins skybox, hauling in campaign contributions from them. Brown and his running mate have taken more than $328,000 from health care special interests while overseeing the failure of Maryland’s now-defunct health exchange. He also recently hired a top health care lobbyist as a campaign advisor, taking donations from the lobbyist’s former clients and further proving his close link to special interests.

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