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Ulman plans to raise money while Brown is sidelined during legislative session, aides say

Del. Heather R. Mizeur, left, talks to Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown at an event in Crisfiled, Md., in July. Brown’s running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, lingers in the red shirt. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky)

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D), the gubernatorial running mate of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), plans to continue raising money during Maryland’s upcoming legislative session, aides confirmed Friday.

Under Maryland law, Brown will be barred from soliciting or accepting contributions during the 90-day session, which starts Jan. 8.

The ban applies to statewide officials — the governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller and attorney general — as well as members of the legislature. County executives are not covered by the law, however.

“Like other candidates in the race, County Executive Ulman is planning to raise money within the boundaries of the law during session,” Susan Smith-Bauk, finance consultant to Ulman’s campaign committee, said in a statement.

The different rules will give Brown’s ticket a significant advantage over that of his Democratic rival, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), during the 90 days.

Both Gansler and his running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s), are covered by the ban, meaning their fundraising operation will be shut down through April 7. The Democratic primary is in June.

Gansler spokesman Bob Wheelock said his campaign fully expected Ulman to take advantage of the different rules.

“He has every right to,” Wheelock said. “We’re not surprised.”

Since joining Brown’s ticket in June, Ulman has maintained a separate campaign committee for fundraising purposes. A Brown-Ulman aide said that Ulman will be very careful to advertise his fundraising during the session as benefiting his campaign committee and that the Brown-Ulman logo will not be used.

Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery), a third Democrat in the governor’s race, is covered by the ban. Her newly named running mate, Prince George’s County minister Delman Coates, is not, however.

Among Republican gubernatorial candidates, only Del. Ronald A. George (R-Anne Arundel) is covered by the ban.

The law does not prohibit Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R) or Charles County businessman Charles Lollar from soliciting funds during the legislative session.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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