Saturday, September 28, 2013

My Talk with Charles Lollar

I had a nice chat with Charles Lollar this morning regarding my reporting of earlier this week. I wanted to make sure that he got a fair chance to respond. These are the key points we talked about, printed with his permission:

  • Regarding the Central Collection Unit case: the case is not related to the New Day PAC campaign finance fines, but from a MVA administrative action against him, accusing him of having expired tags and being delinquent on the registration of his third vehicle. During his most recent overseas deployment Charles re-registered his vehicle in Florida and the vehicle was not registered in Maryland during that time. The state of Maryland says that it was and is trying to take action against him to recoup the lost fees. Charles said that since the vehicle was not registered in Florida during his deployment he doesn't owe anything to Maryland on this and is continuing to fight the case.
  • In regards to the New Day PAC filings, this is also related to Charles overseas deployment. During his deployment, Charles stepped down as Chairman and a new Chairman took his place. During that period is when the violations occurred. Charles has indicated that the fines were paid by the former officers, though they are not appearing in the campaign finance database. When asked about the most recent campaign finance violation with an outstanding fine that is not paid, Charles is working with the State Board of Elections to determine why that is, noting that treasurer Sam Luxenburg is very studious about those things.
We then continued the chat (off the record) for a few more minutes.

I want to thank Charles for reaching out and allowing us to present his side of the story.


PrincyLyn said...

What I don't get, is why there's been no paperwork filed with MDSBOE for a change in Chairmanship. I'm a treasurer for a PAC and have been through that process for changing chairs and treasurers. If no paperwork has been filed, legally, Charles is still chair. Is he referring to some kind of 'verbal' agreement? Nonetheless, unless the paperwork was filed, he's chair. I'm certainly anxious to hear Mike Phillip's response to this.

Mike Phillips said...

I accidently posted my response under the wrong subject - not that familiar with BLOGGER. Here is my response as stated yesterday:

Yes, I'm glad you gave Mr. Lollar an opportunity to give his side of the account. Imagine my surprise to read his statement about when the fines were incurred. So I refer back to my comment on your original post of this subject:

"That being said, I just want to make it clear so that certain unscrupulous persons would not be tempted to lay blame where it didn't belong (namely on me) to get the monkey off of the campaign's back. If I am to actually become the chairman of NewDay - the appropriate paperwork must still be filed with the BOE which will require Charles Lollar's signature. That has not happened to date - as suggested by Brian's comments. Until that occurs, I am still considered as Communications Director only."

Imagine my surprise and disdain to learn from whence comes the unscrupulousness. One question remains for me: If Charles is not the Chairman and I'm not the chairman, who is? It sounds to me like Sam Luxenburg (treasurer) is about to eat $1,600.