News

U.S.

Baltimore Mayor Made $500,000 Selling Book to State University Medical System

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (Wikimedia)

Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh reportedly made $500,000 selling copies of her Healthy Holly children’s-health book to the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) while sitting on the system’s board.

Pugh resigned from the UMMS board Monday and returned the final $100,000 payment she received for her books amid accusations of self-dealing, the Baltimore Sun reported. The first-term Democrat, who was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1999 and later served as a state senator, has refused to release her tax returns, but assured the Sun that she “did everything right.”

“All my income is reported to the IRS and everything is filed,” Pugh told the Sun. “I don’t know what witch hunt y’all are on, but it’s done. I’ve got 1099s and I pay my taxes and everything is filed.”

Pugh sold some 100,000 copies of the book, which she wrote in 2011, to UMMS, but does not know where many of those copies ended up. Baltimore City Public School System officials told the Sun that they received “unsolicited” shipments containing an unknown number of books between 2011 and 2013 and placed them in storage.

“Many of the elementary schools around the city should have received them,” the mayor told the Sun. “I don’t know why they haven’t distributed them.”

UMMS did note the book purchases on a 2013 tax filing but declined to do so in subsequent years, a possible oversight that tax experts believe may have violated the law.

“If the check is made to her or her company as a transactional payment, it does have to be reported,” Eve Borenstein, a national expert on tax reporting by nonprofits, told the Sun.

Two other UMMS board members resigned Tuesday and four others were placed on leave. Maryland legislators met in Annapolis this week with UMMS officials to investigate the potential corruption.

“Everybody is wringing their hands about the self-dealing that was going on,” Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot said.

Most Popular

Elections

A Reckoning Is in Store for Democrats

The crisis of the Democrats is becoming more evident each week. Those of us who have been loudly predicting for years that the Russian-collusion argument would be exposed as a defamatory farce, and that the authors of it would eventually pay for it, are bemused at the fallback position of the Trump-haters: that ... Read More
White House

MoveOn.GOP?

Some of you will be familiar with a lefty, partisan Democratic organization called MoveOn, formerly MoveOn.Org. It was founded during an investigation into President Bill Clinton’s shenanigans (which were not, Democratic mythology notwithstanding, strictly sexual in nature) and argued that it was time for the ... Read More
Elections

Why ‘Stop Sanders’?

'Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?” T. S. Eliot asked. “Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” And where is the intelligence we have lost in cleverness? Cleverness is the plague of our political classes, an influenza of the intellect. The consultants are always trying to ... Read More
Immigration

Trump Is Hell-Bent on ‘Owning the Libs’

President Trump is looking into giving a free trip to San Francisco, New Orleans, or other great American cities to tens of thousands of refugees from Central America. All so he can own the libs. “Owning the libs” is one of those phrases to have emerged over the past few years that vacillates between ... Read More