About Maryland Free

Maryland Free is a statewide, nonpartisan political research and education organization supported by corporations, trade associations, chambers of commerce, small businesses, and individuals. We were founded in 1983 as Maryland Business for Responsive Government and changed our name in 2019 to better reflect our mission.

The purpose of Maryland Free is to:

INFORM Maryland’s businesses, elected officials, and the general public about the political and economic climate needed to foster economic development and job creation in Maryland.

IMPROVE the role of business in Maryland’s public policy.

PROVIDE support for pro-business candidates.

ENABLE business to hold politicians accountable for the state’s economic well-being—like no other organization—through Maryland Free’s evaluations of the voting records of Maryland’s state legislators.


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Executive Committee

Scott Dorsey, Board Chair
Merritt Companies
Duane Carey, President
Maryland Free
Mark Cissell, Treasurer
Katz Abosch
Frank Avena, Maryland Free PAC Board Chair
Avena Contracting, LLC
Ellen Sauerbrey, Chair Emeritus
Former U.N. Ambassador
Carville Collins, Counsel
DLA Piper
Jerry Wit, Past Chair
Springhill Advisors

Board of Directors

Howard “Blackie” Bowen
Ewing Oil Company, Inc.


Paul Clary
Maryland Energy Advisors
Chris Costello
Public Sector Consulting Group
Joe Cowan
Cowan Systems LLC
Christina Ensley
Vend Central, Inc


LaTara Harris
Frank Kelly III
Kelly & Associates Insurance Group
Howard Klein
Klein’s Shop Rite of Maryland
Dave McManus
Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A.
Brad Myers
Capital One Bank


Paul Nolan
McCormick & Co.
Tami Watkins
Pepco Holdings
Henry Rosenberg
Rosemore, Inc.
Paul Skalny
Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC
Jay Steinmetz
Barcoding, Inc.
Edwin Warfield

Maryland Free Staff

Duane Carey
President, IMPACT Marketing & Public Relations