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ORIOLES FUND LAWMAKERS WHO HELPED THEM DURING STRIKE
Published April 6, 1995
Orioles Owner Peter Angelos donated thousands of dollars to four Maryland lawmakers instrumental in passing bills that would have barred replacements from playing in state-owned Oriole Park at Camden Yards, according to the CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE. State Senators John Pica, Norman Stone and Thomas Bromwell and Delegate Gerald Curran all rejected notions that Angelos' donations, made after the '94 elections, create a conflict of interest. The bill would have protected Angelos in any legal battle with other owners for refusing to field replacement players. The donations from the team, Angelos' law firm and Angelos himself, range from $2,000-4,500. All four legislators sponsored the bill in some way; Pica and Stone are associates in Angelos' law firm. Deborah Povich, of Common Cause Maryland, called the donations "clear attempts to curry favor from legislators" (Peter Brush, CAPITAL NEWS/WASHINGTON TIMES, 4/6).