Currie’s Disclosure Meager Compared To Leadership’s

Unfree State

If the FBI’s ongoing investigation of powerful, Democratic state Sen. Ulysses Currie’s was triggered by his undisclosed consulting work for grocery chain Shoppers Food Warehouse, it’s easy to see why when you look at Currie’s recent Financial Disclosure Statements.

Unfree State has reviewed Currie’s 2006, 2005 and 2003 financial disclosure statements, which all members of the General Assembly are required by law to complete and file each year.

One of the questions that each member is required to answer is whether “I or a member of my immediate family received a salary or was a sole or partial owner of a business entity from which earned income was received, during the reporting period.” Currie consistently checked no.

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Maryland’s financial disclosure laws are considered very weak by such organizations as the Center for Public Integrity and have been given a “D” grade by the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

The only interesting piece of information that Currie’s 2006 disclosure reveals is that he purchased his current residence in Forestville from fellow Prince George’s County resident 5th District Democratic Congressman Steny H. Hoyer in Dec. of 1990.

Conversely, unlike Currie’s meager financial disclosures, the leadership of the General Assembly provide the financial information about themselves the law requires.

Democratic Senate President Mike V. Miller Jr.’s 2006 disclosure, Democratic House Speaker Mike Busch’s 2006 disclosure, Republican Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley’s 2006 disclosure and Republican House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell’s 2006 disclosure appear to be models that other legislators like Currie should seriously consider following.

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