A Sun investigation revealed that supporters of Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey sent checks totaling $50,000 to the campaign of New York congressional candidate Alfonse M. D'Amato. In return, D'Amato supporters generated $118,000 for the Sauerbrey campaign. The behind-the-scenes "check swapping" between Republican candidates did not violate state or federal election laws, however advocates of campaign finance reform said "the practice serves to circumvent limits on campaign contributions and weakens the law that requires all contributions to be made public." In a related story, the Sun reveals that Peter G. Angelos, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles and a loyal Democrat, contributed $25,000 to D'Amato's campaign.
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