Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Kane Squawks at Dems’ Ehrlich Complaint

Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell may have told the Gazette that the Maryland Democrats’ FCC complaint against former Governor Bob Ehrlich “didn’t deserve the dignity of a response,” but former Maryland GOP Chairman John Kane apparently disagrees. And the cost of that disagreement may be nothing less than his dignity!

Last week, the Maryland Democrats filed a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) complaint against former Governor Bob Ehrlich for promoting the interest of a client, the Cordish Company, on Fox 45 without disclosing their financial relationship. Cordish is seeking to build a casino at Arundel Mills Mall. The video shows Ehrlich telling a Fox 45 host, “We have one applicant, Cordish obviously, that followed the law, that dotted their i’s, crossed their t’s and Magna did not, which is why they are now the lone applicant in Anne Arundel County.”

Ehrlich’s spokesman did not want to comment, but former Maryland GOP Chairman John Kane – who knows something about federal investigations – sent this email to the Maryland Democrats upon learning about their FCC complaint.

From: John Kane [Email Withheld]
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 11:04 AM
To: Info
Subject: Re: Bob Ehrlich: The Payola Pundit

Screw you
John M Kane
President & CEO
The Kane Company
Winner of Best Places to work in Washington DC and Baltimore MD.
Kane may want to become more creative in his denunciations as the Democrats are only getting started with Ehrlich’s consulting record. Ehrlich founded law and lobbying firm Womble Carlyle’s Baltimore office.

One of Ehrlich’s practice areas is Womble Carlyle’s “Global Business Group,” which the firm describes as serving, “foreign clients seeking direction on issues within the United States, whether specific issues within our footprint covering the entire Southeastern United States or matters of national scope, including matters of U.S. federal law.”

Another Ehrlich practice area is “Global Business Group: China Practice.” Womble Carlyle says, “If you represent a Chinese company, we can help you do business in the U.S., particularly in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. We have helped Chinese companies establish subsidiaries in the U.S., form strategic alliances with U.S. partners, resolve disputes with U.S. companies, and protect their intellectual property in the U.S.”

The Dems have only begun to tap this gold mine. Keep squawking, Mr. Kane!