Harris Jones, Malone made nearly $150K lobbying city in 2012

Mayor Rawlings-Blake stayed at Harris Jones' beach house over Memorial Day weekend

  • Lisa Harris Jones, of the firm Harris Jones Malone, has moved up from 10th-highest billing lobbyist in 2011. According to the state ethics commission, she took in $840,195 between Nov. 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012. She is a founding member of her firm, which says it is the only lobbying-focused law practice in the state to be owned by a black woman.  She represents the following clients:  ACS State and Local Solutions, Inc. (traffic cameras); Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (A Xerox Company and its affiliates); AFT Maryland (teachers union); Associated Builders & Contractors; Autoreturn (towing); Baltimore Gas and Electric Company; Commercial Interiors (procurement, development and construction); Community Associations Institute/Maryland Legislative Action Committee; Constellation Energy Group; East Baltimore Development Inc. (development company); The Family Tree (child abuse and neglect prevention); Genentech USA, Inc. (bioscience and pharmaceutical industry); Greater Baltimore Committee (regional organization of large, medium & small businesses, educational institutions and not-for profit organizations); HMR of Maryland, LLC (nursing and veterans homes); Human Rights Campaign (civil marriage equality); Joseph Smith & Sons, Inc. (Scrap metal); Lexington Square Partners, LLC (developer of "Superblock" parcels in Baltimore); Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund; Maryland Minority Contractors Association, Inc.; Maryland Psychiatric Society; Marylanders for Marriage Equality; Noresco, LLC (Energy); P3 Group (energy); Penn National Gaming, Inc.; Peoples Community Health Centers, Inc.; Serenity Acres Treatment Center (Substance abuse treatment); The Silver Diner, Inc. (American family cuisine restaurant); The Spine Center (pain management procedures); Verizon Maryland Inc.; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Lisa Harris Jones, of the firm Harris Jones Malone, has moved… (Algerina Perna, The Baltimore…)
June 14, 2013|By Luke Broadwater | The Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's close friend Lisa Harris Jones and her husband, Sean Malone, made almost $150,000 last year lobbying the city on behalf of business clients, according to reports filed with Baltimore's ethics board. 

The forms show Lisa Harris Jones earned $77,000 while Malone, her husband and business partner, made $71,750 lobbying at City Hall in 2012, the forms show.

While the money is significantly less than the couple makes lobbying at the state level, the city forms show the firm, Harris Jones & Malone LLC, is busy throughout the year advocating for clients' interests in Baltimore.

Harris Jones made $942,695 lobbying in Annapolis last year, while Malone took in $659,750.

The couple did not respond to a request for comment.

In Baltimore, Harris Jones was paid $17,000 to advocate for Lexington Square Partners LLC, the developers of the "Superblock" project, which won $22.1 million in tax breaks in December. She was paid $12,500 by the American Chemistry Council, which is fighting a proposed ban on Polystyrene foam products for carryout food and drink items. And she was paid $10,250 to lobby for Digicon Corp., an information technology company that this month lost a $20 million contract to a competitor.

Recently, Rawlings-Blake's friendship with Harris Jones has come under scrutiny. Wednesday,  the mayor disclosed that she spent Memorial Day weekend at Harris Jones' Delaware beach house. Earlier in May, Rawlings-Blake officiated at Harris Jones’ and Malone's wedding in Las Vegas.. And, last year, Harris Jones turned up on a list of people given free tickets by the mayor’s office to 1st Mariner Arena.

Rawlings-Blake has described Harris Jones as a "lifelong friend." She has said she paid to rent the beach house and that no city business was discussed during the trip.

Lisa Harris Jones’ clients in Baltimore in 2012
McDonald’s $18,000
Lexington Square Partners $17,000
American Chemistry Council $12,500
Digicon Corp. $10,250
Korean Retail Business Association $6,250
East Baltimore Development Inc. $6,000
Wal-Mart $5,000
Xerox State & Local Solutions $1,000
Joseph Smith & Sons $1,000



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