Bongino vows to serve no more than three terms in House

Congressional candidate Dan Bongino has promised that if elected in the 6th District, he will donate half his official salary to charity. In a news release issued Thursday, Bongino also vowed to serve no more than six years in the U.S. House of Representatives if elected and oppose any bill that contains exemptions for the “political class.” He also promised not to go on foreign junkets unless there was a “documented, legitimate purpose.” (News-Post)

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Thousands from Baltimore expected to travel for March on Washington events

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Washington this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington civil rights event. Several events are planned for the weekend and on Wednesday, Aug. 28, the anniversary of the day of the march. Baltimore-area civil rights groups are scrambling to keep up with the demand for bus reservations. (Balt. Sun)

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August 22 // Vallario: $50,000 campaign loan didn’t come from law firm’s escrow account

Maryland Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. said this week that his campaign committee has repeatedly misidentified the source of a $50,000 loan it received in 2009, which as recently as January was reported as coming from his law practice’s escrow account. (Wash. Post)

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Co-chair of Md. legislative ethics panel calls new Dwyer DUI charge ‘very regrettable’

The co-chairman of Maryland’s legislative ethics committee on Wednesday said that the new drunk-driving charge against Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. (R-Anne Arundel) is part of a “very regrettable” set of events. (Wash. Post)

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Van Hollen, watchdog groups sue IRS

Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. has joined with political watchdog groups to challenge in federal court a tax loophole that allows nonprofits to make undisclosed political contributions in federal elections. (Gazette)

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O'Malley suffers rare loss at Board of Public Works

Gov. Martin O'Malley absorbed a rare drubbing in his personal political playground Wednesday as he found himself on the losing end of a 2-1 vote by the Board of Public Works. The defeat on the proposed award of a contract for children's legal services came as Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, who normally votes with the governor on contested items, joined Comptroller Peter Franchot in voting the send the matter back to the Department of Human Resources with a suggestion that it re-examine how it chooses providers of such services. (Balt. Sun)

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Audrey Scott is surprise front-runner in race to replace Pipkin

In the insider race to succeed Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin in the seat he resigned on the Upper Shore, former Republican Party State Chair Audrey Scott has become the surprise front runner. Two of the central committees in the four counties of District 36 have voted for her, dissing the campaigns of current Dels. Mike Smigiel and Steve Hershey. (Md Reporter)

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Cohen leads fundraising in Annapolis elections

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has raised the most money this summer of any candidate running for election in the state capital this fall, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)

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