Mr. O’Malley said he has not received a subpoena for campaign-finance records related to the donations.
“Over the course of several campaigns, we’ve raised several million dollars from several thousand people,” Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, said of the Thompson-related contributions. “I can’t really comment on an investigation that I’m unaware of. We disclose every contribution, we vet them and on rare occasions, if any wrongdoing is found, we generally return them. And in this case, I’m not aware of any wrongdoing.”
The seven entities listed in the subpoenas circulated in the District that provided donations to Mr. O’Malley are Mr. Thompson; Michael Cobb; Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates; D.C. Healthcare System; Ms. Harris; Details International Inc.; and Belle International Inc.
Others who also donated on Sept. 22, 2010, include Stanley Straughter of Philadelphia, who lists both Oak Lane Consulting Group and Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates as his employers in different federal campaign finance filings.
Maximum donations also came from Rena Straughter, who lists the same Philadelphia address as Mr. Straughter, and Oak Lane Consulting Group. The Straughters and Oak Lane have pumped $38,000 into various D.C. elections since 2006 and were among those who made maximum donations to campaigns on the same days as many others in Mr. Thompson’s network, according to D.C. campaign finance records.
Also donating on that date was Christopher Lawson, president of the Bowie-based business Insuraty, which according to the Washington City Paper has contracted with D.C. Chartered Health Plan. Mr. Lawson gave the maximum donation allowable — $4,000 — to Mr. O’Malley’s campaign.
Almost a month later, a Chris Lawson, who provides the same Bowie address in campaign finance records, made a $2,500 donation to the same campaign.
Neither Mr. Lawson, nor the Straughters nor any of the other donors named responded to messages seeking comment about their campaign contributions on that day.
Anthony G. Brown
Mr. Brown, a Democrat widely considered to be planning a run for governor in 2014, netted at least $20,500 from the Thompson network on a single day in 2006, when he was campaigning as Mr. O’Malley’s running mate.
Some of those donations appear to have violated Maryland campaign finance law, as two companies that gave maximum donations on the same day are owned by the same holding company.
RapidTrans and Chartered Family Health Center were listed as being owned by Mr. Thompson’s D.C. Healthcare Systems in a 2007 report by D.C. insurance regulators. Yet on Oct. 25, 2006, each company donated $4,000 to Mr. Brown’s campaign.
Maryland campaign finance law bans business entities from giving more than $4,000 to a candidate in one election cycle if one of the corporations wholly owns the other or if the stockholders of the companies are the same.
Representatives from Mr. Brown’s office said he and his campaign have not been contacted by any legal authorities regarding donations from Mr. Thompson or any of his associates.
They added that the lieutenant governor’s office typically complies with fundraising investigations and relinquishes funds that are found to be donated under illegal or unethical circumstances.