Today is the filing deadline for the annual campaign finance reports in Maryland so I thought I would start taking a look at a few. Not everyone in Howard County has filed as of this post but our County Executive has filed his annual report. Here is a quick summary:

Nearly $692,000 cash on hand is not a bad place to be at this point in his tenure in office.

A breakdown of the contributions in the latest report include:

  • Contributions: $374,443.22
  • Federal Committees: $2,000.00
  • MD PAC Money: $6,000.00
  • Non-Federal Out-of-State Committees: $1,000.00

I will let the other campaign finance data experts dig through the contributions to tell you where that money comes from…I am sure it will not be long before that information is on social media.

I thought it would be fun to look at a the previous County Executive (Allan Kittleman) and see what he did in a similar timeframe as far as amount of money raised and cash on hand.

After 1 year in office:

  • Annual report in 2016 Allan Kittleman: (See Report)
    • Money Raised: $571,995.00
    • Cash on Hand: $513,973.48
  • Annual Report in 2020 Calvin Ball: (See Report)
    • Money Raised: $448,764.40
    • Cash on Hand: $428,365.70

After 2 years in office:

  • Annual report in 2017 Allan Kittleman: (See Report)
    • Money Raised: $434,464.13
    • Cash on Hand: $725,258.78
  • Annual Report in 2021 Calvin Ball: (See Report)
    • Money Raised: $383,443.22
    • Cash on Hand: $691,966.78

Note the 2016/2020 reports and the 2017/2021 reports are annual reports for the previous year

What does all of this mean…if you are going to defeat an incumbent in the Howard County Executive race you better be able to raise a lot of money. The new public finance option will / may be available in 2022 for candidates running for County Executive and County Council…but not sure that funding will be able to compete with the kind of money a candidate may need to be fully competitive in these races. Time will tell.

Scott E