Red­mer should give the money back

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Scott Holupka, Dun­dalk

The Sun's re­cent story about Repub­li­can Bal­ti­more County ex­ec­u­tive can­di­date Al Red­mer Jr.'s cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, “In Bal­ti­more County ex­ec­u­tive race, Democrats claim Red­mer has ac­cepted cam­paign dona­tions from in­surance-re­lated sources” (Oct. 11) has me wor­ried.

Sim­ply put, money in pol­i­tics is dan­ger­ous. We've seen what hap­pens in Tow­son when spe­cial in­ter­ests have over-sized in­flu­ence. Imag­ine what could hap­pen if not just devel­op­ers but in­surance com­pa­nies, also have that un­due amount of power.

What’s ridicu­lous is for Mr. Red­mer’s cam­paign to sim­ply dis­miss the charge that over $50,000 in dona­tions came from com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als associated with the in­surance in­dus­try just be­cause it was ini­tially raised by Del. Pat McDonough in the Repub­li­can pri­mary. Ei­ther his cam­paign made hon­est mis­takes when it took the money or he’s just try­ing to take an ad­van­tage of a loop­hole in his pledge.

Ei­ther way, he should give the money back.

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