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Brown Campaign Owes Labor Thousands

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown’s unsuccessful campaign took out a loan worth thousands from a labor group but has failed to pay it back.

Watchdog Wire reported that as of Monday, despite the loan agreement including penalties for late payments, the Brown campaign had yet to pay it back. Brown was defeated by Republican Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.

In early October, the Brown campaign took out a $500,000 loan from the Laborers Political League Education Fund.  The loan had an interest rate of 4.25 percent, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The loan came with several provisions, including that the union had the right to sue Anthony Brown personally for the unpaid portion and that the union was allowed to raise the interest 10 percent once the loan defaulted on Nov. 7. Additionally, a 5 percent late charge would be added if the loan was not paid by Nov. 22.

Though these sorts of loans are allowed under Maryland election law, if the loan isn’t paid back by the end of the next four-year cycle, then it counts as a contribution in excess of $4,000 and thus violates the law. Forgiving the loan altogether also violates Maryland state election law, reports Watchdog Wire.

Furthermore, the Baltimore Sun found that Brown has few assets to recover, according to a filing Brown made with the Maryland State Ethics Commission.

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