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Ballot committee files formal complaint against BQA

Star Democrat Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 11:48 am
By DAN BALDWIN Staff Writer
 
CENTREVILLE - The Committee to Protect QAC Great Schools has formally filed a complaint against Business Queen Anne's with the Maryland Board of Elections and the Office of the State Prosecutor Oct. 22.

Committee Chairman Suzanne Hogan filed the complaint which alleges BQA of running advertisements in local papers that are false, misleading and in violation of the Maryland Election Laws governing campaign finances and advertising in referendum elections. The Committee is a registered ballot committee in opposition to Question A Revisions to Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance and claims BQA is producing unlawful advertisements that are in favor of Question A.

"Those of us who are against the Revisions to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance very diligently set up a ballot committee in accordance with the law and the Board of Election guidelines," Hogan said. "Business Queen Anne's, an established pro-growth group which favors gutting our APFO and over-crowding our schools, has not. By launching their ad campaign without registering and reporting as a ballot committee, they are acting unlawfully. They're not reporting their contributors, thereby concealing from local voters where their funding is coming from."

Hogan said she along with the rest of the committee have repeatedly looked and have not found any evidence that BQA has formed a ballot committee related to either Questions A or B, nor have they made the report to the Elections Board that they should have.

You can see by looking at their ads that they do not contain an authority line of the kind required by law. All that makes them illegal and in violation of Maryland law, she said.

BQA President Camille O'Donnell said the organization has not yet seen the complaint and the organization is unable to comment on the complaint.

"We respectfully ask you (Maryland Board of Elections) and the Office of the State Prosecutor to investigate this matter and take appropriate action," the complaint said. "As they consider how they will vote on Questions A and B, the citizens of this County are being subjected, on an ongoing basis, to unlawful FOR ads, while we who are AGAINST are obeying the law. This is unfair both to us and to the citizens."

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Prior Years 
Queen Anne's County board says goodbye Ruby Tuesday's   The Star Democrat  February 8, 2008

QA hears plans for North West Creek   The Star Democrat  November 14, 2007

QA's sewer customers may see rate hikes   The Star Democrat  November 5, 2007

Planned KI developments could up traffic 45 percent    The Star Democrat  November 7, 2007

State, county indirectly funded luxury development   The Star Democrat  August 26, 2007

State rolls out land preservation criteria   The Star Democrat  August 23, 2007

U.S. Land Alliance has extensive political, business, nonprofit links   The Star Democrat  August 23, 2007

Franchot: "...The Are Not Going To Prevail"  The Star Democrat  June 21, 2007

How to fight developer and win  The Capital June 17, 2007

2007 Eastern Shore Growth News  Various

2007 Four Seasons The Appeal  Various

2007 Four Seasons News After The Vote  Various

2007 Four Seasons News Before The Vote  Various

Archived Development News  The KIDL

Archived Election News 2006  The KIDL

All but one incumbent ousted in Queen Anne's  The Capital  Nov 8, 2006

Search for Cassell’s college record comes up empty  Star Democrat  Nov 6, 2006

Cassell's college degree questioned : UMd has no record of Queen  Anne's commissionerThe Capital Nov 3, 2006

Ben Cassell, however, is my greatest disappointment   Winn Krozack President KIDL -THE BAY TIMES SEPTEMBER 6, 2006 

Mike Koval Responds To Negative Ads By Cassell Supporters   KIDL Posting

“Citizens Ticket” mailing from Citizens Alliance for the County Commissioners Election   KIDL Mailing 

Mike Koval Responds to Donald T. Walbert Letter   KIDL Posting

2006  Commissioner Report Card  KIDL Mailing  Nov, 2006

Sause: ...It was based upon plats. NONEXISTENT PLATS. I mean, you know...    KIDL Mailing  August 22, 2006

JUDGE SAUSE RULING PUTS FOUR SEASONS ON THE SHELF  The Sentinel Whispers Release  July 20, 2006

Recent Four Seasons Time Line and Update   July  2006

Queen Anne's politics becoming Wild Wild East  The Capital July 16, 2006

Circuit court won’t review new critical area maps for Four Seasons project   June 1,  2006

Judge to rule on Kent Island growth fight  The Capital June 2006

Commissioners disagree on need for outside counsel  Star Democrat April 2, 2006

JUDGE SAUSE ISSUES INJUNCTION AGAINST FOUR SEASONS  KIDL Release Feb 10, 2006

Terry Babb's Testimony to Planning Commissioners – January 25, 2006 Testimony Jan 25, 2006

Testimony of the Kent Island Defense League to the Planning Commission KIDL Release/ Response Jan 25, 2006

Gene Ransom removed from the QAC Planning Commission   KentIslandNews.com December 1, 2005

Sewer allocation approved for Four Seasons    Star Democrat Nov. 17, 2005

UPDATE: How Are The Commissioners Doing?  KIDL Release/ Response

PLEASE SUPPORT SB 456/ HB 1207   KIDL Release / Gene Ransom Release

On Feb 2nd, 2004, our three Town Commissioners, the Town Planner, and the Town Lawyer met
in secret in Annapolis with Mr. Kramer...   Prepared statement read at the Queenstown Town Meeting Tuesday February 8th 2005 
by Pete Robertson. 

QUEENSTOWN CITIZENS GROUP CONDEMNS DEVELOPER’S CONTROL OF TOWN DIALOGUE
Press Release Received from Friends of Queenstown

BOARD OF APPEALS WILL HEAR CHALLENGE TO FOUR SEASONS  KIDL Release

A The County Commissioners held workshops last week to revise the county’s Interim APFO    Record Observer

A GUIDE TO THE ETHICS LAW OF QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES, OFFICIALS...QAC

County Ethics Code Draft 1.05  QAC
 

2004

Wal-Mart interested in selling K.I. parcel * County wants to buy for airport expansion  Star Democrat  September 8, 2004 

South KI could see sewer in six years  Star Democrat  September 2, 2004 

Comments to QAC Commissioners RE: ROUTE 8 SEWER EXTENSION   KIDL Release 

Sewer extension raises questions  The Capital August 30, 2004

QAC Commissioners Meet with State Planning About Denying Sewer Access...    QAC Press Release Aug 24, 2004

State official says QA's can deny sewer service to undeveloped lots on Route 8   Star Democrat  August 3, 2004 

Your help is needed in support of Commissioner Ransom’s Ordinance 04-37  KIDL Release 

Four Seasons Lawsuit Denied by Maryland Court of Appeals   QAC Press Release July 30, 2004

What is missing from smart growth?  Star Democrat  July 27, 2004 

Shore communities prepare for thousands of new homes  Star Democrat  July 25, 2004 

County Commissioner Ransom introduces county ordinance 04-37   Bay Times   June 30 

QAC Commissioners’ Report Card as of May 20, 2004  KIDL PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2004 (with updates)

Use of Rt. 8 berm as travel lane is given tentative approval  Star Democrat  April 30, 2004

485-home project on KI gets axed   The Capital 

Judge hears arguments on settlement   Chesapeake Publishing  Feb 19, 2004

Queen Anne's official joins lawsuit against QA  The Capital Feb  2004

State seeks truck inspection station on Kent Island  The Capital  Feb  2004

Remember the Winchester Creek Motel 6 and 7 Eleven Gas Station combination proposal?  It's back...  Feb  2004

TOP MARYLAND COURT FAST-TRACKS CHALLENGE TO FOUR SEASONS  PRESS RELEASE Jan 31, 2004
 

2003
Hurdle cleared for new homes at Four Seasons Development  The Capital  November 10, 2003

Judge's DRRA ruling due soon  Star Democrat  September 9, 2003

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2002

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2001

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