The January 2022 campaign Finance report deadline was January 19th and I thought I would begin my summary reports by looking at the candidates running for Howard County Executive in 2022.
I am listing what has been reported for current County Executive Calvin Ball, former County Executive Allan Kittleman, potential Democratic candidate Harry Dunbar and Republican candidate Darren Vilus.
Here are the summaries, notable items, full reports and press releases:
(D) Calvin Ball
- Starting Balance: $691,966.78
- Total Receipts: $176,539.22
- Total Expenditures: $172,739.50
- Cash Balance: $695,766.50
Other items of note: PAC money received: $8,000. Money from other candidate accounts: $1,500.
See the full report here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bMud3MsGVhD4q9YNA1iEMirDwkp_cqg9/view?usp=sharing
See the Press Release from Calvin Ball here: https://scotteblog.com/2022/01/19/howard-county-democrat-calvin-ball-posts-strong-grassroots-campaign-finance-report/
(R) Allan Kittleman
- Starting Balance: $0.00
- Total Receipts: $128,680.00
- Total Expenditures: $18,341.35
- Cash Balance: $110,338.65
Other items of note: Kittleman is participating in the Citizens’ Election Fund (limiting donations from individuals to $250 for the entire election, as well as prohibiting donations from any businesses, PACs, or other special interest groups).
See the full report here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/108vnmfazBI9_YBMJObfqFWcg7bOMRUW9/view?usp=sharing
See the Press Release from Allan Kittleman here: https://scotteblog.com/2022/01/19/in-less-than-3-months-kittleman-receives-surge-of-donations-from-more-than-1000-grassroots-supporters/
(D) Harry Dunbar
- Starting Balance: $0.00
- Total Receipts: $6,000.00
- Total Expenditures: $168.99
- Cash Balance: $5,831.01
Other items of note: Dunbar has an outstanding loan amount of $6,000 from this election cycle. Dunbar is participating in the Citizens’ Election Fund program. The numbers above represent the two finance reports filed (Sep 2021 and Jan 2022).
See the two finance reports here:
- Sep 2021: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DRTasCoDDdGUAHyIsnrP4XJNl6Nk-eTN/view?usp=sharing
- Jan 2022: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14SO4Gf09T4Nj7_i8lStSIkHoO2vdL3mO/view?usp=sharing
(R) Darren Vilus
Darren did not submit a January 2022 campaign finance report at the time of this article (morning of January 20th). I am just kind of waiting around for him to drop out of this race at some point in the near future.
Here is an image of my summary tracking of all candidates from my offline spreadsheet:
Calvin Ball raised the most money but also spent the most money this cycle.
My final thoughts:
If Kittleman receives the “more than $380,000” from the Citizens’ Election Fund this becomes a competitive race on the money side. Kittleman would still trail in money but it will look significantly different with the funds from the program that he has appeared to qualify for today.
If the issues with the CEF remain, expect that the inability of this “tax payer funded program voted for by the citizens of Howard County” to be a campaign issue in this race and other races going forward.
Here is my scheduled “Show Me The Money” campaign report articles going forward:
In Howard County:
- January 21st: Howard County Council candidate reports (all 5 districts)
- January 23rd: Maryland State Senate District 9 and State Delegate District 13