How much out of state money has been contributed to candidates running for Howard County Board of Education to date

There have been some discussions about out of state money contributed to candidates running for Howard County Board of Education in 2020. I thought I would look at the various contributions received on the last 2 campaign finance reports (January and April 2020) and see how much of that money has come from out of state.

Here is a summary of total contributions (Contributions – Schd 1, Col A), in-state money, out of state money and % of out of state money by candidate on the finance reports from January 2020:

Notes:

  • Not all of the current candidates had entered the race by the time the January reports were filed (or required to be filed) which is why you see so many $0 listings
  • Only $410 (or less than 1% of contributions) of out of state money was noted on the reports filed in January

Here is a summary of total contributions (Contributions – Schd 1, Col A), in-state money, out of state money and % of out of state money by candidate on the finance reports from April 2020:

Notes:

  • Tom Heffner filed an ALCE and Cindy Vaillancourt did not report any contributions- that is why you see $0 in those columns
  • Over $8,000 (or more than 10% of contributions) of out of state money was noted on the reports filed in April
    • $5,000 of out of state contributions was from one donor in California to 5 different campaigns (Pretlow, Alfeo, Palmer, Rehman and Lu)

Here is a summary of total contributions (Contributions – Schd 1, Col A), in-state money, out of state money and % of out of state money by candidate on the finance reports from January and April 2020 combined:

Notes:

  • Almost 7% of contributions noted on the January and April finance reports to the 16 active candidates came from out of state donations
  • Antonia Barkley Watts took in the most out of state money (more than $1,900) followed by Yun Lu ($1,240) and Sezin Palmer ($1,200)

Keep in mind there is nothing illegal or even wrong with taking out of state contributions. Many people living here have friends and family out of state. I know if I ran for office I would guess I would get a decent amount of funding from Tennessee (because if I did not my family and I would have a conversation…LOL).

I have seen more than a few posts and comments on the $5,000 coming from the one donor in California. I have seen posts noting that donor has a connection to Howard County (either actually lives here in HoCo and still has an address in CA or that person in CA has a family member that lives here in HoCo…it is unclear to me at this time which scenario it is). That being the case I see no big issue with the contributions…other than it is a lot of money to put into a local BOE race…but again…nothing illegal and nothing wrong with it in any way.

If you want to double check my work to make sure I did not make any mistakes (I put this together kind of quickly) you can look over the campaign finance reports here:

Here is a link to my Google Drive folder with the reports from January:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZivWeXoh_7GNmk3qQcMr7_W3CFX1fvrM

Here is a link to my Google Drive folder with all of the reports from April:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OpwSyizR3DJQ7Ghss6huXYhleQ2xf4o1

If you do see any mistakes please let me know and I will update the charts ASAP.

Here is the other article I have written about campaign finance reports recently: Summary and notable items from the campaign finance reports of candidates running for Howard County Board of Education

I may break out the in-county vs out of county numbers in a future post or maybe even an in-district vs out of district look at those incoming contributions. Anyone that wants to lend a hand (it takes a decent amount of time to go through each and every contribution in those finance reports) let me know. I would love the help.

Scott E

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2 comments

  1. Tom Harriman, Sr. Is my father in law who lives in California. He asked me how he could help with my anti-redistricting work and I suggested that he could help to fund the campaigns of people I thought were the best candidates. God bless the lovely man, he did so. Hence the out of state contributions from California.

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