Just out from WBAL in Baltimore …
The WBAL TV 11 News I-Team is raising new questions about the campaign spending of former Maryland lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate candidate Michael Steele, as well as former Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
According to campaign records, some of the biggest payments from their accounts went to the same firm — a Prince George’s County firm that went by the name Allied Berton, LLC.
The firm’s Web site said it was in the business of trading commodities, such as minerals, metals, coffee and sugar. But the campaign payments it received, according to the candidates’ accounting, were for a wide range of other activities, according to campaign filings.
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Remember, this comes on the heels of other accusations of financial shenanigans from Steele’s 2006 campaign, albeit based on accusations from a former campaign official who was facing time on unrelated charges and thus had strong incentives to try to cut a deal. The FBI is currently investigating those other charges.
Also, think about this. Who’s more likely to be dropping a dime on Michael Steele right now? Republicans or Democrats? I trust that question answers itself.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.