Attorney general: Ehrlich radio show doesn’t violate election law
Democrats complained WBAL show is campaign contribution
May 24, 2010|By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun
“The Robert and Kendel Ehrlich Show,” which airs for two hours each Saturday morning on WBAL-AM, should not be considered a campaign contribution, the Maryland attorney general’s office said in a letter released Monday.
The letter came as advice to the State Board of Elections after the Maryland Democratic Party complained to the board that the show is essentially an unreported in-kind campaign contribution from the station to former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who is trying to reclaim the state’s top job from Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.
In an 11-page letter to Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone, Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey L. Darsie advised the elections board that a court likely would not find the show in violation of any state election laws and that attempts to “regulate media appearances by a candidate, potential candidate or others through a state’s campaign finance laws” could run afoul of the First Amendment.