- The Washington Times - Monday, August 20, 2007

Questionable campaign expenditures by the father of Baltimore mayoral candidate Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. were about $16,000 higher than previously reported, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

The reports, released Wednesday, show the Mitchell campaign is challenging 61 expenditures made by Dr. Keiffer J. Mitchell Sr., including 15 items that have come to the campaign’s attention since Dr. Mitchell resigned three weeks ago after reports that he spent $40,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.

“After we looked through everything, we found other things that we believe should have been challenged,” said Mitchell campaign manager Jayson Williams.

The reports show front-runner Mayor Sheila Dixon has raised nearly $1.2 million with $720,000 on hand. Mr. Mitchell raised more than $640,000 with about $163,000 left to spend.

Mrs. Dixon held a more than 3-to-1 lead over Mr. Mitchell, a member of the City Council, according to a poll published July 16 by the Baltimore Sun.

Of the other eight candidates running in the Democratic primary on Sept. 11, schools administrator Andrey Bundley raised nearly $56,000, with more than $15,000 left to spend, and Delegate Jill P. Carter had $8,110, according to the reports.

Other candidates are Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway Sr., Philip Brown, activist A. Robert Kaufman and businessman Mike Schaefer.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Elbert R. Henderson, the lone Republican candidate.

Mrs. Dixon’s campaign finance report showed that Janice Dixon, the mayor’s sister, was on the payroll, receiving nearly $2,000. A company owned by Janice Dixon, Imani-Ellison LLC, received $18,754.

In 2003, when the mayor was president of the City Council, she was forced to fire her sister after the city’s ethics board ruled her employment as a paid staff member violated city regulations. Questions were raised again last year after reports that Mrs. Dixon pushed for city contracts to a company that employed her sister. The ethics board cleared her of wrongdoing in that case.

Housekeeping

Howard County Executive Kenneth S. Ulman fired his housekeeper after learning she was an illegal alien.

Mr. Ulman, a Democrat, told the Baltimore Sun that the 62-year-old woman had cleaned his Maryland house for the past year and a half, had been recommended by a friend’s mother, had a married daughter in the community and had lived in the United States about 15 years.

“It never occurred to me” that she was not a legal resident, he said.

Mr. Ulman said he asked the woman about her status in response to a reporter’s inquiry, and she acknowledged that she was in the country illegally.

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