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Charles Lollar’s Missing In-Kind Contribution

The Charles Lollar campaign appears to have failed to list an in-kind contribution from Dealers Greatest Asset, the company run by former Lollar campaign manager Karen Winterling and her husband David Winterling, for the paid time one of their employees spent on the Lollar bus tour last September.
Lollar kicked off his gubernatorial campaign this past fall with a four-day bus tour across the state.  On that bus was DGA employee and Lollar campaign volunteer, Jason Boisvert.   Boisvert is a vocal critic of Red Maryland. 
In a comment on the Quinton Report, Bosivert stated he was on the Lollar bus tour:

DGA [Dealers Greatest Asset] is not the campaign. Trust me on this, the campaign would be a lot more fun. It’s still a good job though. Working for DGA does make it easier to take time out to help with the campaign, sure, but they don’t generally comp me for that.
 For the week on the bus though, they were nice enough to cover that for me, mostly since I’m broke and doing the best I can with what I have. Missing a week of work puts a downer on the monies, you know? So that was very nice of them. [Emphasis mine]

The Maryland State Board of Elections Summary Guide section 8.4 defines “In-kind contributions” as:

An in-kind contribution is a contribution given to a political committee in a form other than money. Normally, there are two types of transaction that may be considered an in-kind contribution: (1) a contribution given to a political committee in non-monetary form (e.g. services or property); or (2) a coordinated expenditure made on behalf of the candidate where the candidate knows of and consents to the expenditures. In-kind contributions include items, services, goods and anything of value provided to the political committee. The amount of an in-kind contribution is the fair market value of the item or items (at the time of the contribution).
 Services provided to a campaign for free or at a reduced cost will also be considered an in-kind contribution unless permitted as an individual’s volunteer activity for a campaign. The contribution limits do not apply when an individual volunteers his or her own time to a campaign, or uses the individual’s personal vehicle to provide transportation incident to an election. §13-233(1) of the Election Law Article.

The summary guide goes on to state:

An individual is not considered a volunteer when a business or other person compensates the individual, directly or indirectly, for working on behalf of the campaign.[Emphasis mine]

Lollar’s latest campaign finance disclosure does not report any in-kind contributions from DGA for Boisvert’s time on the Lollar bus tour.

There are three in-kind contributions listed from DGA Vice-President David Winterling totaling $1,476.  The remarks listed for the contributions indicate they were for supplies and materials for an event, Facebook advertising, and donated items for a fundraiser.  

A search of the state campaign finance database for Dealers Greatest Asset shows the company gave to State Senator Allan Kittleman, who is running for Howard County Executive, and the Frederick County Republican Central Committee.
In addition to this, there is the matter of Boisvert’s comment that working for DGA makes it “easier for him to help out with the campaign,” but that “they don’t generally comp” him for the time. 
Are there any other instances DGA compensated Boisvert—outside the bus tour—for working on the Lollar campaign? 
That’s an interesting question for the Maryland State Board of Elections.
Disclosure: I have been paid by the Hogan for Governor campaign to do research—not this research—but research on the O’Malley-Brown administration.  I am posting this in my capacity as a Red Maryland editor.  

















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