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Reaching Out in 2007

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Here is a look at the campaign contributions made last year by three leading firms with lobbyists in Annapolis. Donations listed include corporate contributions, donations from affiliated political action committees and personal funds of lobbyists employed by the firms.

Alexander & Cleaver

¿ Law firm: seven legislators, $2,250; Maryland State Democratic Central Committee, $10,000; Gov. Martin O'Malley, $2,500, Comptroller Peter Franchot: $1,000.

¿ Seven lobbyists: 56 legislators, $13,960; O'Malley, $4,750; Franchot, $1,500; Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, $250; House Democratic Committee Slate, $500.

Total reach:59 legislators, three statewide elected officials, 12 local officials, three Democratic Party committees.

Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander

¿ Political action committee: 79 legislators, $18,286; Gov. Martin O'Malley, $2,000; Comptroller Peter Franchot, $1,500.

¿ Two lobbyists: two legislators, $1,500.

Total reach:79 legislators, two statewide elected officials, 12 local officials.

Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver

¿ Law firm: 21 legislators, $6,910; Maryland State Democratic Central Committee, $10,000; Gov. Martin O'Malley, $1,000; Comptroller Peter Franchot, $250.

¿ Five lobbyists: 69 legislators, $11,522; O'Malley, $2,500; Franchot, $650.

Total reach:71 legislators, two statewide officials, 10 local officials, one party committee.

NOTE: Figures include donations made prior to Jan. 9, 2008, when the Maryland General Assembly convened and a temporary fundraising ban took effect for the 90-day session. Joint donations with spouses were included.

SOURCE: Washington Post analysis of reports filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission

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