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8 Questions for Bob Ehrlich About Mary Kane

8 Questions for Bob Ehrlich About Mary Kane

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8 Questions for Bob Ehrlich about Mary Kane
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While Mary Kane was on its Board of Directors, The Kane Companyobtained federal government contracts worth millions yet paid lowerwages than mandated by law. Did you know the Kane Company wasunder investigation for submitting “false and fraudulent documents” tocheat taxpayers?
In 2009, federal prosecutors charged that the Kane Company had for years paid its workers lessthan required by federal contracts and submitted “false and fraudulent documents” indicatingthe company was in compliance. The federal complaint, filed under the False Claims Act, allegedthat the company and its subsidiaries paid lower wages than mandated for numerous movingand office installation projects for the federal government dating to 1998.(
, “Complaint Targets Ex-GOP Chief's Firm,” July 11, 2009) In 1999, The Kane Company won a large contract from the U.S. General Services Administration.This enabled the company and all of its subsidiaries to contract with multiple governmentagencies. Public records indicate that between the years 2000 and 2009, The Kane Companyreceived approximately $30,086,856 in federal contracts.
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Mary Kane’s company stands accused of cheating taxpayers and its ownworkers in order to secure for itself millions of dollars of taxpayer money.Federal prosecutors say her company "routinely" violated federal law "formost of its federal government contracts" during the period that shehelped lead it, and her company also faces allegations that it over-billedand double-charged the government. Why should taxpayers trust her as aguardian of their funds?3.
 
In harassing emails submitted as evidence against The Kane Company,Mary Kane’s husband, John Kane wrote to an African Americanbusinessman that any success he has had is because of minority “setaside” programs. Do you agree with John Kane that minority “set aside”programs are not part of the “real world”? What is your position onMaryland’s Minority and Women owned business program?
Email:“And by the way, what bullshit operation have you had any success with? Any successyou have had is thanks to set aside programs.“Come out in the real world with the big boys and show me how you’re so smart.”
 
 
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What is Mary Kane’s position on the Purple Line? Does she agree withyour [Bob Ehrlich’s] position to kill the project and does she still believethat the residents of Silver Spring should be kept out of Bethesda? Doyou agree with her statement? Did you consider this when you selectedher as your running mate?
During her campaigns for office in 2000 and 2002, Kane opposed the “inner” Purple Line, theroute stretching from Bethesda to New Carrollton that has been endorsed by GovernorO’Malley and Montgomery County leaders as the locally preferred alternative.Kane, who endorsed an “outer” Purple Line that would have run from Silver Spring north toWhite Oak before heading east, reportedly said that she could not see the benefit to Bethesdaresidents of public transit connecting the city to the east, according to 
: “Still, the most telling thing that happened during the primary may have been the quotevanquished GOP council candidate Mary Kane gave The Gazette about the trolley in thenewspaper's voter’s guide. She said she could see the need to travel from Silver Springto Bethesda, but not from Bethesda to Silver Spring.“Her comment put on record what has been an undercurrent throughout theGeorgetown Branch debate. Why should the lower and middle classes of Silver Springbe allowed easy access to Bethesda?”(
5.
 
In 2003, Mary Kane left the Board of Directors of The Kane Company to join your Administration. The Kane Company benefited generously fromthe State of Maryland during your tenure. How can you be trusted withthe State’s finances when Mary Kane has a personal interest in statecontracts?
A
Baltimore Sun
article reported that The Kane Company collected roughly $185,000 incontracts from Maryland during Ehrlich’s first year as governor. A public records searchindicated that The Kane Company received approximately 11 Maryland state contracts between2005 and 2006.The same
Sun
article reported that between 2002 and 2003, The Kane Company collectedapproximately $481,811 in state contracts from Maryland. The article specifically referencedKane’s status as chairman of MD’s Republican Party, suggesting that Kane may have capitalizedon his political connections to win business. The article also noted that Mary Kane had beenhired to serve as Maryland’s assistant secretary of state and reported her salary to be $78,128 ayear (
 
 
6.
 
In 2002, Mary Kane made loans to her own campaign committee, Friendsof Mary Kane. Why has her campaign committee not paid her back the$48,000 in loans after 8 years?
According to Kane’s campaign committee’s most recent campaign filing, filed in January 2010,$48,000 in loans Mary Kane made to Friends of Mary Kane in 2002 are still outstanding. Thecommittee has not raised any money since 2002; however, it spent over $17,000 on campaignconsulting, printing, and materials in 2003, when Kane was not a candidate for office.(Maryland Elections Center) 
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The Kane Company exceeded the campaign contribution limits to PoliticalAction Committees while Mary Kane was on its Board of Directors. Howcan voters trust that it won’t happen again, now that Mary Kane is acandidate for Lt. Governor?
The Kane Company and its subsidiaries frequently contribute to conservative political campaignsand PACs. In 2001, the company was named in a
Baltimore Sun
article as one of approximately40 companies that exceeded Maryland campaign contribution limits (
The Baltimore Sun
,“Dozens Exceed Campaign Gift Limit,” December 18, 2001).
The Sun
also reported that The Kane Company contributed a total of $14,320 in campaign andPAC donations in 2001 (companies and/or individuals are prohibited from donating more than$10,000 during a given election cycle). The article quoted John Kane glibly responding to theallegations, saying: “I look great in stripes." Kane also remarked, “If I screwed up, I screwed up.”(
, “Dozens Exceed Campaign Gift Limit,” December 18, 2001) A public records search verified that the Kane Company did in fact exceed spending limits,although the amount ascertained in the public records ($14,675) differed slightly from theamount reported in
The Sun.

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