August 13, 2014: Brian S. Bailey Statement of Facts
For Immediate Release August 13, 2014
STATEMENT OF FACTS
The defendant, Brian S. Bailey, was a candidate for the Office of State Delegate for District 12, Baltimore County, in the 2014 Maryland Primary Election. Rebecca Dongarra and several others were also candidates seeking that same office.
After receipt of a complaint alleging that a campaign website, www.DongarraforDelegate.com, failed to provide the required authority line pursuant to the election law code, the Office of the State Prosecutor (OSP) commenced an investigation. Initial review of the contents of the website, titled: “PEOPLE AGAINST REBECCA DONGARRA”, revealed that it did not provide the proper authority line but instead stated “NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE.” The State offers into evidence, as State’s Exhibit I, a copy of the website content.
In response to a subpoena issued by the OSP, GoDaddy.com supplied records identifying the party owning the rights to the domain DongarraforDelegate.com. The domain registration was paid for by the defendant, Brian Bailey, using personal funds on or about June 30, 2013. Billing and shipping records further identified the payor as Brian Bailey, 109 Ridge Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21227 (Baltimore County). The records further indicate that Mr. Bailey paid an additional fee for private registration of this domain. This service prevents disclosure of the identity of the party responsible for the registration. Two months earlier, on April 20 2013, Bailey had registered and paid for the domain www.BaileyforDelegate.com. The registration of that domain was not made private.
On May 9, 2014, OSP Investigators had occasion to review the DongarraforDelegate.com website as they had numerous times in the preceding months beginning on or about February 21, 2014. On May 14, 2014, Investigators questioned the defendant about the above website. On May 15, 2014, the website indicated that “This page cannot be displayed.”
These events occurred in Baltimore County, Maryland.