New fundraising guidelines affecting Maryland’s gubernatorial primary election appear to make it almost impossible for Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, the running mate of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, to raise money during the legislative session.
The new guidelines appear to show that Elections Administrator Linda Lamone is taking a step back from a highly controversial ruling she made in December, which triggered a lawsuit and was made without the knowledge or consent of her board. A Feb. 26 trial date has been set for the suit.
“The guidelines that were introduced yesterday speak to the very bad interpretation that had been offered by Linda Lamone,” said Todd Eberly, a political science professor at St. Mary’s College. “As an observer, it’s almost impossible for me to believe that Linda Lamone didn’t make a politically motivated decision.”