Commissioners President Blaine Young raised $69,517 in campaign funds in 2013, a far cry from the $447,000 he had gathered during the prior year.

Campaign finance filings show Young spent more than $233,000 during the reporting period from Jan. 10, 2013, through Jan. 8, 2014. Because Young went into the year with about $349,277 of cash on hand, he ended the reporting period with $185,722.15 in his campaign coffers.

Young, a Republican, said this would give him an excellent cash base if he pursues the office of Frederick County executive, a decision he expects to make in the next couple of weeks. He said though his fundraising totals in 2013 dropped off compared to the previous year, he gathered most of his money from grassroots donors who contributed $10 or $20.

"I wanted to show I had a broad-based appeal," he said today in a phone interview.

If he enters the running for county executive, Young said he would ramp up his fundraising quickly and predicts he could gather between $100,000 and $150,000 within the first 30 days.

Campaign finance statements are due today to the Maryland State Board of Elections, but Young submitted his report early.

Young also reported returning $780 in campaign contributions due to his decision not to run for Maryland governor. When he decided against the statewide race in August, he agreed to give refunds to donors upon request.

Commissioner David Gray, who kicked off his bid for county executive Tuesday, has filed an affidavit with the state elections board indicating that he did not intend to raise or spend more than $1,000 during the reporting period that ended Jan. 8.

(31) comments

watson4sherlock

“If it wasn’t ethical, they’d make it illegal,” [Blaine Young] said of state lawmakers.

See http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/business_topics/
building/article_7b8ee3d6-5fba-55a7-8609-825fd8e8b38d.html

watson4sherlock

The people of New York were smart enough not to elect Anthony Weiner mayor. Now Weiner's going to Hollywood. How about skip the campaign and go straight to Hollywood.

See http://nypost.com/2013/07/24/weiner-caught-sending-dirty-messages-and-photos-a-year-after-his-sexting-scandal/

See http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/anthony-weiner-hollywood-debut-scandal-filled-alpha-house-article-1.1569715

backroomfrederick

Donations...campaign funds....good luck tracking those. Easier to elect honest publc officials. Vote smart.

watson4sherlock

It is on the record when Mr. Young withdrew from the race. The rules need to be changed so once you withdraw you can no longer accept donations to run. Why does that not make sense to everyone?

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 2:00 am

The Frederick County commissioner's president announced he would not run for governor during Frederick's eighth annual FUNomenon, a daylong fundraiser for the Patty Pollatos Fund at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

Instead, he offered supporters a glimpse of him becoming Frederick County's first county executive and also endorsed Charles Lollar for governor, saying Lollar had a better shot in the general election.

See http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/article
_d35dba3d-62ab-5b87-ba2c-27fe984229ac.html

teabiscuit

Also noticed under the expenditures a $10,000.00 payment to a Mr. Bruce Bereano of Annapolis for "consulting fees". Would this be the same Bruce Bereano who was hired by this BOCC to "lobby" on behalf of Frederick County in Annapolis? Coincidence? I think not. Would this also be the same Bruce Bereano who served time in prison for a fraud conviction? And the lobbyist who apparently has been cited the most times (7) by the Maryland State Ethics Commission for ethics violations? My my, my, politics does make strange bedfellows.

crctms

Here is a link to get to the actual document t:https://campaignfinancemd.us/Public/ViewFiledReports?theme=vista
type in young, Blaine for Maryland.

It looks like that when ever anyone sent in a check from a joint account they listed each person individually and divides the amount between. How many people would write checks for 7.50 or 17.50. Way too may to be a coincidence.

In the expenses he donated 26,000.00 to other campaigns.

He also actually returned 2.280 in funds after he cancelled the governor run. He returned 52cents on a dollar.

louie

For what purpose??? He is running for no office. Could it be a "you rub my back and I'll rub yours" set up?

ginger

So he is stating that when he announced he was running for governor, he was only given $780.00 in donations... Yet he's got hundreds of thousands out there for these mailings? Someone has to be paying for them... where did these funds come from? Is it possible to see a list of donors since he's become a commissioner?

Why in the world would anyone decide to let this person become a county executive?

Just from my personal experience him alone showed that he is a self centered narrow minded Frederick county resident. He actually spoke at a public school meeting and asked all of the parents and children to "raise their hands if they were born and raised in Frederick County!" As if this information has anything to do with anything in the world... he seems to think that native Frederick people, like himself, have more power and some sort of higher authority in the county... Luckily all of the parents who were at this meeting got to see this and hopefully they'll remember this guy!

dbjanda1

Let's see Blaine took a PLEDGE to run for ONLY one term, took a VOW to his WIFE, took an OATH of office to represent ALL Frederick citizens and DECEIVED political DONORS to contribute to his gubernatorial campaign other than that Blaine has kept his word...Maybe he should change his name to 'Pinnochio'...Me

guido207

Great comment!

business

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backroomfrederick

When he sinks, Billy and Kirby will fight the suction and cling to a piece of furniture in 1/2 frozen waters. Campaign funding spiraling to the depths. The band plays from shore.

armillary

"Young also reported returning $780 in campaign contributions that he had collected while exploring a run for governor."

The report says he returned a $1500. contribution to Lori Keough last March.

KellyAlzan

Most developers are intelligent men and women.

I believe at this point the developers are noticing that Ba'Lane has zero chance at the CE seat. Moving forward, the donations from developers will dwindle.

watson4sherlock

Why is he even allowed to transfer funds from his gubernatorial campaign to the county executive campaign? You can raise more money from 5 million people than you can from 250,000 people. When he withdrew from the running for governor he should have closed his campaign and returned the money to the donors or donated it to charity as required by state rules. At the very least, he should be limited to accepting the maximum donation from that campaign set by county election rules.

If a political committee wishes to close and file a final report and has paid off all outstanding obligations, any money remaining is considered surplus funds and must be disposed of in one or more of the following ways:
 Returned, pro rata, to the contributors; or
 Paid to a state or local party central committee, provided:

o The candidate is a member of that party and, if the funds are paid to a local central
committee, the central committee is located in the same county in which the
candidate resides or seeks to represent; and

o In the case of a non-candidate committee, the committee is acting for the party.
 Paid to the local board of education of the county in which the candidate resides or seeks to represent; or
 Paid to a recognized non-profit organization that provides services or funds for the
benefit of pupils and teachers; or
 Paid to a charitable organization registered or exempt from registration under the
Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act10; or
 Paid to any public or private institution of higher education in this State provided:

See http://www.elections.state.md.us/pdf/summary_guide/summary_guide.pdf

public-redux

Did you read this part: "If a political committee wishes to close..."

Everything after that phrase is irrelevant if the committee does not wish to close.

watson4sherlock

Well we need to change that to the political committee must close when the candidate stops seeking office. It's not written on stone tablets that are difficult to change.

public-redux

It is already in the law (or regs, whatever). IIRC, they have 8 years from the end of campaigning or, if the candidate holds elective office, the last day of being in office. Something like that.

Maybe you could google it for me.

watson4sherlock

Click read more (about 8 more lines), the link is there. The law can be changed and it should be changed. Young ran for governor in 2010 also, was that to fund his county commissioner campaign? He used the Friends of Blaine Young for the committee name.

See https://campaignfinancemd.us/Public/ShowReview?memberID=6705 &memVersID=100 &cTypeCode=01

public-redux

Well, if the link is there and if you read the rules, then stop making false statements like this: "When he withdrew from the running for governor he should have closed his campaign and returned the money to the donors or donated it to charity as required by state rules"

watson4sherlock

So you didn't miss the should have. Let me rephrase it for you, Blaine Young should quit taking money to run for an office he no longer intends to run for just because people don't know he has withdrawn his candidacy and should close his campaign account in the manner stated in state rules. I didn't say state rules required him to close the account. An honest politician would accept no more money to his gubernatorial account when he is no longer seeking that office.

public-redux posted at 4:13 pm on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

Well, if the link is there and if you read the rules, then stop making false statements like this: "When he withdrew from the running for governor he should have closed his campaign and returned the money to the donors or donated it to charity as required by state rules"

watson4sherlock

I believe accepting donations to run for an office that you have withdrawn your candidacy from demonstrates:

Fraud

A false representation of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury.

Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage. A person who is dishonest may be called a fraud. In the U.S. legal system, fraud is a specific offense with certain features.

See http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/fraud

watson4sherlock

Furthermore the rules need to be changed to stop a candidate from taking donations after he has withdrawn from the race.

watson4sherlock

Perhaps the people who have donated money to his gubernatorial committee would like to know he has been spending the money to run for Frederick County Executive.

newtofc

Blaine has been soliciting funds in the name of "Blaine Young for Maryland". What is that? No specific office he is running for is mentioned. The solicitation is sent out in a plain manila envelope with "Authorized & Paid for by Blaine Young for Maryland, Carol Young Treasurer" on it in very small print. Can any citizen solicit funds for any made up entity without being specific. Doesn't seem right to me.

watson4sherlock

It quite clearly states under Election Type Gubernatorial. He withdrew from running for that office.

See https://campaignfinancemd.us/Public/ShowReview?memberID=1381063 &memVersID=2 &cTypeCode=01

ginger

I'll get my mailing started soon, who knows what I may get! Interesting, the three mailings I have received have not arrived in any envelope, they are just a 4 color process type mailing with his big face on there and facts that are well, myths.

guido207

It isn't clear whether Ms. Rodgers actually read the report herself to verify Mr. Young's statement about "broad based appeal," or if she just took dictation. None of the rest of us can find any evidence of Young's "broad" based appeal.

Mr. Young's appeal to developers, people who want their property rezoned, people who want to buy expensive buildings from the County, people in the market for nursing homes at $20 million below value, etc., however, is easily verified by looking at the details in his previous campaign filings. This is how you raise $150,000 in 30 days. By selling your influence over valuable County resources.

Note, however, that the rate at which Mr. Young appears to be squeezing developers is slipping. With the end of his term just months away, perhaps his "appeal" is slipping.

backroomfrederick

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deezilfit

so if my reading skills are correct he's now saying the money he took to run for gov. is now gonna be used for the county exec position??? hmm so does this mean he lied?

business

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