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Maryland Delegate Says $50,000 Loan was Personal Money

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – One member of the Maryland House of Delegates says a $50,000 loan the campaign received in 2009 was repeatedly misidentified.

Delegate Joseph Vallario, a Prince George's County Democrat, says he was "shocked" when he found out the $50,000 loan was recorded on campaign finance forms as coming from the escrow account at his law practice.

 "I was really surprised it was recorded that way," Vallario said. "The money was my money. We're not short $50,000 in the escrow account. The debt is owed to me personally."

Escrow accounts normally hold clients' money. Vallario said he will file an amended disclosure report, correcting where the loan came from.

The loan is coming up now as a Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics panel is reviewing Vallario for other reasons outside of the loan. The panel held a closed meeting on Wednesday about a complaint filed against the Maryland lawmaker. The complaint comes from Kenniss Henry, a Prince George's County woman, whose daughter was killed in a hit-and-run.

Henry met with Vallario to lobby for a bill back in 2011 that would strengthen vehicular manslaughter laws. Turns out that Vallario's son, a lawyer working out of his father's office in Suitland, represented the driver in that hit-and-run.

Vallario said he's done nothing wrong because he and his son maintain separate law practices.

Members of the ethics panel wouldn't discuss their deliberations from the closed meeting on Wednesday.

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