The Baltimore Brew digs deep into Baltimore County Executive race, fact checks faulty claims made in smear campaign against Brochin
Posted by Ann Costantino on 21st June 2018

—– By: Ann Costantino —–

Top Left: Jim Smith, former Baltimore County Executive. Bottom Left: Vicki Almond. Right side: Jim Brochin

Digging deeply, The Baltimore Brew turned up some interesting facts it revealed in a story today on a contentious race between Democratic candidates in Baltimore County who are vying to become the county’s next county executive.

Looking behind the claims made in an attack mailer lobbed against candidate Jim Brochin by his trailing opponent, Vicki Almond, The Brew tracked the source of Almond’s war chest and fact checked claims made in her campaign mailers.

First, The Brew traced the funds used for the mailers to former County Executive Jim Smith.  The money is being used to fund Almond through Smith’s Baltimore County Victory Slate.

The Brew reported that former County Executive Jim Smith is in effect funding those recent attack ads against Brochin – by proxy – both through and for Almond.

Then, The Brew showed how Towson-based developer, Caves Valley Partners (CVP), rose to the occasion when polls showed Brochin leading the pack.

The Brew wrote, “With a poll showing Brochin favored by 30% of the voters surveyed, compared to 22% for Almond, Smith’s Victory Slate, Caves Valley and others have swung into action.  On June 6, the Victory Slate transferred $20,000 in cash to Friends of Vicki Almond…”

“Last Friday, Baltimore County Votes, a ‘super PAC’ created to support Almond’s campaign, wired $31,912 to a Nashville, Tenn., company for mailing services.”

“One day earlier, Sibel – plus colleagues Arsh Mirmiran and Arthur Adler and various CVP affiliates – handed over $18,000 to the super PAC.”

Sibel, Mirmiran and Adler are all partners of CVP.

Next, when a Brew reporter fact checked Almond’s and Smith’s seven claims against Brochin in the attack ads, he found that more than half were unverifiable, two misleading and only one claim found to be true — and not a claim about the NRA.

Click here to read The Brew’s article:  Moonlighting for Almond: top Pugh aide quietly supports a developer-friendly candidate in Baltimore County

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