If you needed any more proof that the just concluded special session of the Maryland General Assembly was by and for the gambling special interests check out this photo tweeted from the Senate floor by Patch.com reporter Bryan Sears.
Steve Kearney Governor O’Malley’s former communications chief, and Damian O’Doherty, a top aide to former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith founded KO Public Affairs.O’Doherty’s brother Ryan, better known by his nom de cyber MD4Bush, is a top aide to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Center Maryland, which bills itself as the “news you need, straight down the middle,” is a creation of KO Public Affairs.Another Center Maryland founder, former Baltimore Sun editor Howard Libit, is listed as the treasurer for the pro National Harbor political action committee Maryland Workers for National Harbor.
Despite the site’s paen to centrism, Center Maryland’s founders are stridently partisan when it comes to political donations. According to state campaign finance data KO Public Affairs has made over $25,000 in political contributions—all to Democrats—including $10,000 to the Maryland Democratic Party and $4,000 to Rawlings-Blake.Fellow Center Maryland founder, and National Harbor advocate, Martin Knott, has given over $50,000 nearly all to Democrats.Knott an O’Malley appointee is the newly elected chair of the Maryland Economic Development Corporation.