August 15, 2014: Candidate for State Delegate Sentenced After Criminal Election Law Violation
For Immediate Release August 15, 2014
FORMER CANDIDATE FOR STATE DELEGATE IN BALTIMORE COUNTY SENTENCED AFTER CRIMINAL ELECTION LAW VIOLATION
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Brian S. Bailey, a former candidate for the Office of State Delegate for District 12, has been sentenced in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County for failing to provide an authority line on campaign material. The Honorable Kimberly M. Thomas sentenced Mr. Bailey to a $500.00 fine, 1 year supervised probation, and 200 hours of community service and afforded Mr. Bailey the benefit of probation before judgment.
From a statement of facts read into the record, the court learned that Bailey purchased and privately registered a website domain name in the name of www.DongarraforDelegate.com which he used to publish negative campaign material concerning Rebecca Dongarra, a candidate running against him in the 12th District. The website failed to provide an authority line containing his name and address as required by law and falsely indicated that “[t]his message has not been authorized or approved by any candidate.” (see accompanying “Statement Of Facts”)
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “The public is entitled to know who is responsible for any campaign material and Maryland law requires such disclosure. This office will continue to investigate and prosecute those who seek to conceal their identity or deceive the public in violation of the election laws. ”