BUILD/IAF and BEC EXCLUDE THREE GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES FROM ITS “NON-PARTISAN ACCOUNTABILITY ACTION” EVENT
-This is not the first time BUILD has excluded third party/independent candidates
-Maria Allwine files formal complaint with the IRS and Maryland State Board of Elections over possible violations of BUILD’s tax-exempt status
-Allwine has been refused an invitation from BUILD but will attend the event in Silver Spring on Thursday, October 14th at 7:30pm and demand to b e heard
The allegedly “non-partisan” group, BUILD, has again excluded independent party candidate, Maria Allwine (Green), as well as Susan Gaztanaga (Libertarian) and Eric Knowles (Constitution) from its gubernatorial “non-partisan accountability action” event in Silver Spring, MD on October 14. See the below communication from BEC, BUILD, and IAF which was sent to Allwine by a supporter.
Allwine was told today by Rob English, lead organizer for BUILD, that the organization’s leadership had met and decided she will not be invited to the event. He also told Allwine that Gov. O’Malley is slated to appear, and that former governor Robert Ehrlich is unable to attend. Allwine’s letter to the IRS and the Maryland State Board of Elections is attached as a PDF with the text at the end of this email.
In 2007, during her run for Baltimore City Council President, Maria Allwine was forcibly prevented from speaking at a BUILD event for the other city council president and mayoral candidates and was promised by a BUILD representative that another forum would be scheduled to include her. Later numerous phone calls by Allwine to BUILD failed to produce the promised forum.
BUILD claims to be non-partisan, but is clearly partisan in its deliberate exclusion of three of the five candidates running for governor. We are concerned that BUILD may be in violation of its tax-exempt status by engaging in electioneering for the Democratic Party candidate, Martin O’Malley and against the Green, Libertarian and Constitution Party candidates, both in violation of its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Since former Governor Robert Ehrlich is not attending and may have not been expected to attend by this event’s organizers, the event becomes a rally for the Democratic Party candidate which violates BUILD’s tax-exempt status.
BUILD’s refusal to allow independent party candidates to speak at their forums and events undermines our democratic process, solidifies the stranglehold Maryland’s one-party system has on state and local governments and denies the voters of Maryland the opportunity to hear ALL the candidates and decide for themselves which candidate is worthy of their votes.
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