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Brightman's campaign report filed with state

September 05, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER and ANDREW SCHOTZ

While most candidates for Washington County Commissioner filed campaign finance reports with the Washington County Board of Elections, Democratic candidate Donna Brightman filed hers with the state office. And for that reason, the county board did not have a finance report for her when The Herald-Mail compiled campaign finance data last week, she said.

In the initial campaign finance report posted by the state board, Brightman lists campaign contributions of $6,312 from 17 individuals and businesses, many in southern Washington County, where Brightman lives, and $2,000 from loans. That places her second in campaign funding behind Republican candidate John Barr in the commissioners' race. The report showed Brightman had spent $4,851 of her campaign fund.

In the most recent report that was due Friday, Brightman reported additional contributions of $3,560 - $3,000 of which came from loans. She reported additional expenditures of $3,349.

In the sometimes murky world of election laws, regulations can be interpreted in different ways. Brightman's campaign treasurer, Alice Dixon, explained in an e-mail Brightman provided to The Herald-Mail that the state's campaign finance summary guide "states very clearly that non-continuing campaign finance entities associated with a local candidate or a local ballot issue can file at their local board of elections. All continuing campaign finance entities must file with the (State Board of Elections). That's us. That information is on the Statement of Organization for Maryland Campaign Finance Entities."

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Brightman added that reporting directly to the state also allowed her campaign to post its finances on the election board's campaign finance database.

Voters may research contributions, contributors and expenditures for state office campaigns at the campaign finance Web site, which is administered by University of Maryland-Baltimore County. The address is http://mdelections.umbc.edu/campaign_finance.




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