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Md. company working with prosecutors in robocall case

ANNAPOLIS — The owner of a company that sends out robocalls says he is cooperating with Maryland state prosecutors in an investigation into an Election Day robocall sent before polls had closed that said Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley had already won.

Mark Hampton, who owns Robodial.org, said state prosecutors contacted him Friday morning.

Hampton, whose company works for Democratic candidates, condemned the nature of the robocall, which was made without his knowledge. Hampton confirmed a report in The (Baltimore) Sun that the account where the call came from belonged to Rhonda Russell, who has been employed with Universal Elections. That’s the company of a political operative who worked for Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich on his campaign.

Andy Barth, a spokesman for Ehrlich, declined to comment Friday.

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