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Maryland Techies Launch Political Action Committee

Mind Over Machines Founder and CEO, Tom Loveland, named Vice Chairman of newly formed Maryland IT PAC

Maryland’s technology industry is continuing to expand its presence in politics, forming its own political action committee.

Michael Rosenbaum, CEO of Catalyst IT Services in Baltimore, is chairman of the new Maryland IT PAC.

Tom Loveland, CEO of Owings Mills, Md.-based Mind Over Machines Inc., will be the vice chairman, and Larry Letow, president of Glen Burnie, Md.-based Convergence Technology Consulting LLC, will be treasurer.

All three played key roles in the IT industry’s foray into politics when the General Assembly voted to expand the state sales tax to computer services in a 2007 special session. After intense lobbying, the tax was repealed in 2008 before a penny was ever collected.

Loveland, in response to online criticism of the new PAC, said Maryland IT PAC is “not about special deals or propping up inefficient companies; it is about making sure our elected officials truly appreciate the value our industry brings to Maryland and do nothing to curtail our industry’s natural job creation engine.”
The PAC will be involved in both state and federal elections and plans to donate money to candidates who have shown support for technology and entrepreneurship.

“Maryland’s IT community has served as one of our state’s strongest job creators,” Rosenbaum, who also runs Baltimore-based Pegged Software, said in a statement. “For that to continue, all of us in the IT community have a responsibility to ensure that all of our elected officials understand the role we play in the economy.”

The PAC’s donations won’t be the first from the IT industry, of course. Rosenbaum hosted a fundraiser for Gov. Martin O’Malley in his North Baltimore home in December. The event was attended by dozens of local IT entrepreneurs who paid $1,000 each for admission.

Read original article in The Washington Business Journal