ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Records show that several Maryland state lawmakers have solicited donations online during the current legislative session - a possible violation of a state ban on fundraising during that time.
Lawmakers described the situation as an inadvertent oversight rather than illegal fundraising. The State Board of Elections prohibits having active contribution links on campaign websites.
The newspaper reviewed campaign websites for all 187 state lawmakers. Six lawmakers have online forms for campaign contributions, and at least 11 others had donation pages that were active during the session but have been taken down. Another right had listed an address to send in campaign checks.
In interviews, lawmakers said they weren't trying to improperly collect money. Del. Teresa E. Riley says she forgot about the "donate" button on her website, which she says was never used.