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Malpractice Session Clips Md. Fundraisers

Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-Queen Anne's) said he feels comfortable moving ahead with a "business breakfast" the same day, given that Somerville's memo, dated Dec. 21, said that previously scheduled fundraisers may proceed.

"He's given us an opinion. It's pretty clear-cut," Pipkin said.

Del. John Hurson is cautious but said he will still hold an event.

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Tickets to Pipkin's event at an Annapolis restaurant near the State House, start at $250, according to the state GOP Web site.

Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County) said the timing of the special session poses "a real dilemma" for some lawmakers, who planned events weeks ago.

Brochin has scheduled one Monday at a Towson saloon, but with tickets starting at $35, he said he expects "few special interests there."

Ehrlich, who also is included in the fundraising ban, is moving ahead with an event planned for tomorrow, according to John Reith, his campaign finance director.

Reith said the campaign is sensitive to the special session in how it bills the event, geared toward individuals in their thirties and forties.

An advertisement for the gathering at a Bethesda brewery calls it "the hottest ticket in town."

Admission is $100 and includes an open bar and hors d'oeuvres.

"We're always very cautious in general," Reith said. "We face fundraising in a paranoid state anyway."

Reith said that most of the governor's fundraising is in the fall and late spring, well before or after the General Assembly's session.

Staff writer Matthew Mosk contributed to this report.

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