Maria to Debate All Challengers at LVW Forum

Maria Allwine has accepted the Montgomery County League of Women Voters’ invitation to appear this Tuesday from 7:30-9. All five candidates for Governor of Maryland have been invited to attend. Will Governor O’Malley and Robert Ehrlich contribute to a fair debate over this important election by attending the event? Come out and see!

The event will be held at the Cultural Center at Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Takoma Park.

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Maria Allwine Fights Back Against Exclusion from Forums


-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.

For more information, please contact:

Maria Allwine
Green Party Candidate for Governor

Listen to Maria’s Appearance on the Steiner Show

Click here for a podcast of the show.

Maria Allwine on the Steiner Show Tonight

I will be on the Marc Steiner show tonight from 5-6pm on 88.9FM in Baltimore. You can also listen online here.

Give a listen and hear why I am the candidate for Governor who will break the stranglehold corporations have on our government and our lives, why raising corporate taxes and closing corporate tax loopholes is fair and just, how establishing a state-owned bank will jump-start Maryland’s small business economy and its move to renewable energy manufacturing and usage, how a Medicare-for-All system is the only health care system that makes sense, why I support marriage equality and oppose the death penalty – and a host of other issues that concern all of us.

Sign the Petition to Open The Debate

Martin O’Malley and Robert Ehrlich have been invited to participate in a debate next Monday, October 11th, moderated by WJZ’s Denise Koch. Despite having qualified for the November ballot, Maria Allwine has not been invited to participate in this debate. Neither have the nominees of the Libertarian or Constitution parties, who will also be on the ballot next month.

How are Maryland voters supposed to make an informed decision when less than half of their choices for Governor are invited to speak?

Please click here and sign our petition to open the debate. It is only fair that everyone on the ballot be allowed to say their fair share.

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