Monday • May 4, 2020
Concerning Developer Influences on Incumbent Board of Education Candidate Jen Mallo
With the April 2020 election campaign reports now available, it’s official that HCPSS Board of Education (BOE) member and re-election candidate Jen Mallo held her re-election campaign kickoff event free-of-charge at a prime room in the Columbia headquarters building of The Howard Hughes Corporation (THHC) (one of Howard County’s largest developers).
This in-kind donation was reported as a suspiciously low $150 amount on her April 2020 campaign finance report — a potentially significant undervaluation of this gift. THHC has not donated to any other BOE candidates. Curiously, one of their only other in-kind donations was to State Senator Bill Ferguson for a campaign event and valued at $1,993.