Leggett Makes Untrue Statements Regarding Campaign Contributions from MSI Board Member

Brickyard Coalition
Preserving our Neighborhood 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Keith Williams 301-983-5334
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County Executive Ike Leggett was asked about campaign contributions from board members of Montgomery Soccer, Inc. (MSI) during a town hall meeting on September 21, 2011.  The town hall meeting was first aired on Channel 6 TV last Sunday. 

In response to a question, Leggett stated that he had not received any contributions from any MSI Board member for five years.  Yet Leggett’s campaign finance reports show that Leggett received a campaign contribution of $1000 from Barry Gudelsky, a MSI Board member, on May 13 of 2010.  Leggett received total contributions of $7500  from Barry Gudelsky plus an additional $1000.00 from Harry Gudelsky Enterprises, LLC, a company affiliated with Barry Gudelsky.  Individual contributions are listed below.

Mr. Leggett then flatly stated that Mr. Gudelsky gave more contributions to his primary opponent Steve Silverman than he received.  This also is untrue, as Leggett has received about twice the amount that Mr. Gudelsky gave Silverman.  Campaign records show Leggett received $8500 from Gudelsky while Silverman received $4270.  More importantly, Steve Silverman was appointed by Mr. Leggett as his Director of Economic Development in April of 2009 and is part of Leggett’s administration.  Thus, Gudelsky has given about $13,000 to Leggett and his economic development director.

“These untrue comments by Mr. Leggett regarding political contributions received from MSI Board members are very troubling” said Chuck Doran.  First, the Opening Meeting Law Compliance Board twice found that the Board of Education had secret meetings that should have been open to the public in regard to the Brickyard lease.  Then we find from the minutes of the MSI Board meetings of May 2010 that Mr. Leggett had a private meeting with the MSI Board to discuss soccer fields before the lease deal was made public.  After the MSI meeting with Leggett, Mr. Gudelsky gave Mr. Leggett a $1000 campaign contribution on May 13, 2010.  Now Mr. Leggett is saying the contribution was made five years ago when it was not.  What next?

MSI, a private corporation, has been working since 2009 to secure the Brickyard School site for use as private soccer fields.  In early 2009, MSI, according to their Board of Director minutes, allocated $350,000 to be used for lobbyists and others to secure soccer fields.  Earlier this year, in a controversial decision, the Board of Education voted to lease the property to Montgomery County for use as private ball fields.  Many expect Montgomery County to award MSI the right to build and operate these private fields.  

See Town Hall meeting record here 

 

Individual Contributions and Dates

From MD State Board of ElectionsCampaign Finance Database

 

Gudelsky, Barry

$1,000

Leggett, Isiah Ike Friends Of

6/10/2005

Gudelsky, Barry

$1,000

Leggett, Isiah Ike Friends Of

1/11/2006

Gudelsky, Barry

$2,000

Leggett, Isiah Ike Friends Of

9/7/2006

Gudelsky, Barry

$2,500

Leggett, Isiah Ike Friends Of

12/17/2007

Gudelsky, Barry

$1,000

Leggett, Isiah Ike Friends Of

5/13/2010

 

$7,500

Leggett, Isiah Ike Friends Of Total

 

 

Harry Gudelsky Enterprises, LLC

$1,000

Leggett, Isiah Ike Friends Of

7/31/2008

 

Gudelsky, Barry

$1,000

Silverman, Steve Citizens For

2/24/2004

Gudelsky, Barry

$1,000

Silverman, Steve Citizens For

2/24/2004

Gudelsky, Barry

$100

Silverman, Steve Citizens For

4/7/2004

Gudelsky, Barry

$100

Silverman, Steve Citizens For

4/7/2004

Gudelsky, Barry

$1,000

Silverman, Steve Citizens For

1/10/2005

Gudelsky, Barry

$1,000

Silverman, Steve Citizens For

1/10/2005

Gudelsky, Barry

$70

Silverman, Steve Citizens For

9/24/2006

 

$4,270

Silverman, Steve Citizens For Total