Campaign disclosure forms reveal Xerox’s ties to Anthony Brown campaign

THE POWER OF XEROX: Documents show business and political connections between Xerox, various parts of Maryland local government and the Anthony Brown campaign.

By Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com

When Maryland voters decided to elect Larry Hogan for Maryland governor, they didn’t just reject Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and the ossified Maryland Democratic establishment.

They also rejected that establishment’s deep ties with Xerox, a company that has been involved in Maryland politics, health care and its ever-hated speed cameras.

Documents obtained by Watchdog Wire show business and political connections between Xerox, various units of Maryland government and the Brown campaign. Previously,

Watchdog Wire has covered Xerox and its political ties with the state establishment and Xerox’s involvement in the state health care exchange. These photos detail Xerox’s various state and local contracts, but also show that Xerox and Xerox Group President for State Enterprise Solutions Nancy Collins both donated to the Brown-Ulman gubernatorial campaign.

The first picture shows that the Xerox Political Action Committee, XPAC, donated $4,000 dollars to the Brown campaign. Nancy Collins donated $1,000. Under state campaign law, $4,000 is the maximum, and all companies that do business with the state that make donations over $500 to file disclosure reports with the state board of elections.

COPY: Document acquired by Watchdog Wire detail Xerox contributions to the Brown campaign.

An election law that takes effect in January closes the LLC loophole that allowed owners of multiple limited-liability companies to give the maximum amount to a candidate through each company IT own. The new law only considers an LLC an independent entity in political giving if one person does not own more than 80 percent of the company. That loophole does not appear to apply in the Xerox case. It is interesting, however, that both XPAC and Xerox officer Nancy Collins contributed to the Brown campaign.

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