Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced today (April 1st) that he has asked state prosecutor Emmet Davitt to investigate current Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh over "deeply disturbing" allegations involving the sales of her self-published books.
Hogan says he is asking the state prosecutor to become involved with the $500,000 sale of books to a university-based health care system "because it has significant continuing ties with the State and receives very substantial public funding." A full copy of the letter Hogan wrote to Davitt can be seen in the tweet below.
Pugh was reportedly paid $114,000 for 20,000 copies of her self-published children's book Healthy Holly between 2015 and 2018. Pugh became the Mayor of Baltimore City in 2016 and in 2017, the city's spending board approved a $48M contract with the health provider that had paid for those books. The health provider had been seeking a contract with the city during the time period, leading many to accuse Pugh of self-dealing.
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