MD Move to End Nepotism for Election Campaign Treasurers

Jan 3, 2020

Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's House speaker says legislation will be introduced this year to ban a family member from serving as a legislative candidate's campaign treasurer.

House Speaker Adrienne Jones discussed plans for the measure during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday.

The bill comes after Tawanna Gaines, a former state legislator, pleaded guilty last year to federal wire fraud for taking more than $22,000 in campaign money for personal use. Gaines' daughter, Anitra Edmond, was her campaign treasurer.

Edmond has pleaded guilty to a similar charge. Gaines is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.