The Maryland State Board Elections is looking into a complaint against Prince George’s County School Board Chairman Verjeana Jacobs (District 5) that raises questions about campaign finance reports her campaign filed this year. The most recent report was filed less than two weeks before her reelection.
“We are reviewing the complaint,” Jared DeMarinis, director of the division of candidacy and campaign finance for the state Election Board said Wednesday. “If there is further action that is required, it would be handled by the state prosecutor’s office.”
Ken Laureys, the treasurer for Raaheela Ahmed, Jacobs’ opponent in the general election, contacted the state board to complain about alleged “discrepancies” in Jacobs’ recent campaign finance report.
Jacobs could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
According to Laureys’ complaint, Jacobs’ campaign filed a report on Jan. 18 that said there was $11,256 in the Citizens for Jeana Jacobs’ account. On Oct. 24, her campaign submitted an affidavit that said it would not spend or receive more than $1,000 cumulatively. Then on Oct. 26, the campaign filed a report that said Citizens for Jeana Jacobs had a prior balance of $3,902 in its account.
“Where did the money go?” Laureys said in his letter to state officials. “The public has a right to know where all contributions come from and go to.”
Laureys said Wednesday that he is pleased that the state is looking into the complaint.
“This is in the public interest,” he said. “We have every confidence that the state will look into this matter and give it the gravity that it deserves.”
DeMarinis said he could not comment on the allegations, now that the complaint is under review. He said the state board should complete its review by the end of the month.