GAITHERSBURG — A Montgomery County resident filed a complaint Tuesday alleging that independent candidate for Montgomery County Executive Nancy Floreen accepted illegal campaign contributions.
In his complaint, Gaithersburg resident Ken Meyers said Floreen accepted multiple maximum contributions from businesses, LLCs or other institutions. Meyers said that Floreen has received $57,000 in illegal contributions to her campaign.
“This is a clear violation and a clear example of the fact that this campaign is being run in an undemocratic fashion,” Meyers said.
In Meyers’ complaint are listed several organizations that donated the maximum amount to Floreen’s campaign — $6,000. Some of different companies, LLC’s and other organizations that donated the maximum amount to Floreen are listed as having the same address.
For instance, in his complaint Meyers states that both Guardian Realty Investment LLLP and Guardian Fund II-A Operating, LLC were listed as donating the maximum amount to Floreen’s campaign. Both organizations are listed as having the same address and office number — 60000 Executive Blvd. Suite 400, in North Bethesda.
Meyer’s claims includes three other incidents he alleges to be a violation of campaign finance law. Under Maryland campaign law a person may not make a direct or indirect contribution that exceeds $6,000 to “any campaign finance entity.”
- Also in Floreen’s campaign finance filings are three $3,000 donations from Montgomery 1936 Land Company, LLC, LDG, Inc and Acorn LLC all located on 8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 200 in Silver Spring.
- Two $6,000 donations from The Donahue Companies, Inc. and OB 48000 Montgomery LLC, both located on 7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 700 in Bethesda.
- Four $6,000 donations from Park Potomac Condominium (Venture) 1 LLC, SSMC IV, LP, Silver Spring Metro Center LLLP and SSMC III Limited Partnership and a $3,000 check from Park Potomac Condominium (Venture) 2 LLC. All contributors listed their address as 12435 Park Potomac Ave. Suite 200 in Potomac.
Neither Floreen nor her campaign treasurer Joyce Fuhrmann returned a request to respond to the claims Meyers made.
The man who made the complaint, Meyers, a recent resident of Montgomery County and member of Marc Elrich backing-group Progressive Maryland, said he noticed a discrepancy when he reviewed Floreen’s Aug. 28 campaign finance filings.
Meyers stood with other Elrich supporters at a press conference at the Montgomery County Board of Elections offices Tuesday, where organizers criticized Floreen for being backed by “developer money.”
Larry Stafford, executive director of Progressive Maryland, which has endorsed Elrich candidacy for County Executive, made the case that Floreen is not fit to be County Executive for a variety of reasons, including “corporate contributions” which undermine the democratic process in his eyes.
“We have to reclaim our democracy, but we’re happy we’re going to have to reclaim here in Montgomery County,” Stafford said.