Baltimore mayor backed bills that would’ve helped book buyer

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s mayor repeatedly sponsored legislation as a Maryland state senator that would’ve benefited a hospital system that bought her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s books in a seemingly symbiotic deal.

The Baltimore Sun reports Catherine Pugh sponsored and co-sponsored bills between 2011 and 2016 that would’ve benefited the University of Maryland Medical System, which was paying her hundreds of thousands of dollars through a no-bid book deal. Eight bills sought to lessen the financial impact of malpractice lawsuits.

Health care provider Kaiser Permanente also spent $100,000 on Pugh’s books after she became mayor, when the company was seeking a contract with the city.

Pugh’s office says she’s now on an indefinite leave of absence due to deteriorating health. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has asked the state prosecutor to investigate.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

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