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FBI drops investigation of Maryland Senate president

The Washington Post reports: The FBI has dropped its inquiry into Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.'s campaign fundraising, informing the lawmaker yesterday that agents found no evidence that he violated federal laws in arranging more than $200,000 in donations from racetrack owner Joseph A. De Francis.

The federal probe focused on $225,000 in contributions that De Francis, president of the Maryland Jockey Club, gave to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in three installments in 2002 and early 2003. Miller (D-Calvert), the campaign committee's chairman, personally solicited money from De Francis during visits to the Laurel Park racetrack. ...

None of the investigations has illuminated Miller's role in persuading De Francis to donate to the legislative campaign committee or answered questions about how the money was distributed.

The legislative campaign committee is an arm of the national Democratic Party with a mission to influence state legislative races nationally. But it spent more money during the 2002 election in Maryland than in any other state. -- FBI Drops Its Probe Of Miller's Fundraising (washingtonpost.com)