A prominent Catonsville developer accused of channeling $7,500 in illegal contributions to a Baltimore County councilman and exceeding the total campaign contribution limit for individuals was charged Thursday with violating campaign contribution laws.
Prosecutors said Whalen broke state election laws by funneling cash to three people to give to Quirk's campaign — an illegal practice known as "straw contributions." Whalen also is charged with exceeding the $10,000 total contribution limit that donors are allowed to give collectively in a four-year election cycle.
"I knew that it was wrong, and I did it anyway," he said. "The only person with any responsibility in this entire thing is Steve Whalen. ... Nobody else did anything wrong except me."