Phil Nichols, Campaign Manager, (443) 340-7398
WEST FRIENDSHIP, MD – Allan Kittleman announced today that more than 1,430 individuals have donated to his campaign since he announced his candidacy last fall; evidence of the strong and growing support for his bid to become Howard County Executive. Meanwhile, current County Executive Calvin Ball has received more than $619,000 from special interests, including more than $57,000 from one developer.
Since the 2021 annual report in January, Kittleman has raised $264,000, bringing the total he will raise to more than $770,000 over the course of the campaign. Kittleman’s donations have come from over 1,600 individuals in amounts of $250 or less— with more than 90% coming from Howard County residents. More than $188,000 has been raised from small donations, and the campaign has already received almost $500,000 in matching funds from the Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund (CEF), with an additional $82,000 expected as a result of this latest filing.
“I am humbled and honored to have received the support from so many in our community,” said Kittleman. “It’s clear that folks are concerned about our public schools, the safety of our community, the higher cost of living, and the undue influence of large donors, particularly developers. Howard Countians want a leader who will focus on the priorities that matter most to them and not the priorities of big money donors.”
When Allan announced his candidacy on Sept. 5, 2021, he made a commitment to participate in Howard County’s public campaign finance program. The goal of this program is to end big money influence in politics by limiting donations from individuals to no more than $250 for the entire election, as well as prohibiting donations from any businesses, PACs, or other special interest groups. When elected County Executive this November, Allan has pledged to continue his participation in the program to ensure special interests play no role in decision-making.
While Kittleman’s campaign has been funded strictly by small dollar donations from individuals, Calvin Ball has continued to raise significant funds from PACs, developers, and other special interests.
“Government must be accountable to the people, not influenced by deep-pocketed groups trying to buy favors,” said Kittleman. “We are building the largest grassroots campaign in Howard County history and demonstrating that we can successfully get big money out of our local government.”