From Maryland Liberty Political Action Committee, Inc.:
Dear Friends in Harford County,
Ever feel you’re getting snowed by your local politician?
“Snow Job” was coined in the 40’s to mean “an intensive effort at persuasion or deception” according to Merriam-Webster.
Small wonder “snow job” is often used in connection with politicians. They just love to persuade or deceive!
Here in Harford County, we have a politician in District A who’s given us a twelve year snow job.
Dion Guthrie wants you to believe his campaign slogans: A Champion of the People – For the People.
He puts a lot of talk and advertising into persuading you that he’s for the little guy, the working class.
Yet Councilman Guthrie votes time and time again like a Champion of the Corporate Clan.
He supports sweetheart loans that are never meant to be repaid, votes for major zoning changes mere days before a developer’s plans go public, and puts taxpayers on the hook for millions in risky junk bonds.
In the twelve years he’s been seated in the Harford County Council, Guthrie hasn’t said NO to one big corporate handout.
He’s never voted against government financing or tax credits for a local developer.
Surely even the most Liberal spender occasionally says, “Hey, wait. This big business doesn’t really need government money. Let’s spend it somewhere else.”
Former lobbyist Dion Guthrie seems sincere when he says he’s for the common people.
But it’s a snow job.
Some of Councilman Guthrie’s biggest corporate giveaway approvals include:
– BILL 12-35: A $23 million Tax Increment Financing deal to anonymous “James Run” developers, paid upfront by the county with the sale of junk bonds.
– RES 15-12: A $750,000 loan to International Conglomerate Smiths Detection from the state which doesn’t have to be repaid, and a $100,000 “grant” gift from the county for employee training.
– RES 6-12: $600,000 in state and county loans to Bizerba Label Solutions, Inc. for the purpose of moving from Forest Hill to a larger facility in Joppa, and eventually hiring on 8 new employees.
– BILL 10-10: $10 million in Tax Increment Financing to Beechtree Estates, Harford County’s poorly-performing residential development project.
Altogether, Guthrie has voted away over $36.5 million in taxpayer money just in conditional and below-market loans, training grants and TIFs.
And where does this Champion of the People get most of his campaign funds?
He’s funded by Businesses and Developers.
From Jan 2013 to Aug 2014 Councilman Guthrie received twice as much money from PARTIES OUTSIDE HARFORD COUNTY as he did from his own constituents, the Harford County residents.
He raked in thousands from unions as far south as Florida, including those of Local IBEW No 1501, of which he’s the full-time manager with total salary of $105,377.
He’s collected several donations from lawyers-turned-Developers Snee and Gessner.
He secured two $1,000 checks from Beechtree Estates Developer Clark Turner.
Remember Beechtree Estates, mentioned above? It got that sweet $10 million in TIF money and then failed to meet its repayment schedule.
Guthrie’s also taken a whopping $5,000 from business owner Ioannis Korologos of Baltimore County.
Guthrie decided the zoning fate of Korologos’ properties at 900 and 906 Philadelphia Road in 2010 under the comprehensive zoning Review.
Surprise – Korologos is now preparing to move his Baltimore business to the rezoned Philadelphia Road property in Joppa.
Was this a crony deal? Insider knowledge? Pure coincidence?
Guthrie netted another $500 from Marquis Associate, LLC in 2009, RIGHT BEFORE the zoning for their properties at 901 and 907 Philadelphia Road were decided.
Do you still feel like your best interests are a priority, Southern Harford County?
Councilman Guthrie knows how to jump on a hot button topic when it gets him media press –
He’s quick to complain about tough decisions the Board of Education or County Executive have made.
But how he makes his own “tough” decisions?
It’s a snow job.
Remember the facts when you go to the polls this year, Harford County.
Don’t get snowed by politicians like Councilman Guthrie.
What can you do to stop Crony Capitalism in Harford County and around this beautiful state?
Get involved. Join your local Campaign for Liberty group,attend local government meetings, and let your elected officials know your opinion.
And stay tuned – Maryland Liberty PAC will continue to update you whenever we see crony politics at work.
We’re committed to YOUR VOICE this election year.
Maryland Liberty PAC has been working hard to make the liberty voice heard this election cycle in several ways:
****** Forcing candidates to take public positions on important issues so voters know the truth about where they stand
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We’re activating as many volunteers as we can, but it’s no secret we need financial resources to get the word out.
What happens NOW will set the tone for the NEXT two years.
Won’t you help us to fight deceitful Statists running for office?
Your support will help us get critical information into voters hands throughout the state to let them know where all candidates stand on the issues.
Director of Operations
Maryland Liberty PAC