BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s mayor wants to be exempted from city ethics rules that require officials to obtain approvals before soliciting private funds for community programs and events.

The Baltimore Sun reports City Solicitor Andre Davis has asked the Board of Ethics to grant Catherine Pugh the exemption so she doesn’t have to make requests to the ethics and spending board each time she wants to raise private funds for the Baltimore City Foundation. The rules are meant to avoid conflicts of interest.

Calling Baltimore “a poor city,” Davis questioned the constraints on the mayor’s ability to solicit monetary assistance. He says the five-member board has yet to make a decision.

Ethics board member Stephan Fogleman says he has questions about the request. Referencing former Mayor Sheila Dixon’s theft conviction, he stressed the need for “transparency” in city affairs.

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Comments (5)
  1. NO WAY!! These rules are in place for a reason!! She needs to justify everything! That is how problems happen when you STOP being held accountable! SMH at her nerve and the stupidity of the board for even considering it…

  2. How soon you forget what Dixon did !TOTAL TRANSPARENCY NEEDED INCLUDING FOR YOURSELF!

  3. Purpose and Goals
    The City Ethics Law is intended “to guard against improper influence or even the appearance of improper influence, and to ensure public trust in the government”. To that end, the Ethics Law:
    sets ethical standards on the conduct of all City officials and employees as necessary or appropriate to prevent a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict,
    requires City officials and high-level employees, within 6 months of appointment, to undergo formal training in the requisites of the Ethics Law and sign and to submit a Conflicts Affidavit,
    requires City officials and specified employees to file annual financial disclosure statements, open to public inspection, and
    requires legislative- and executive-branch lobbyists to file registration statements and periodic activity reports, open to public inspection.

  4. Bobby Taylor says:

    Sure Jar Jar. Tell us which Laws you would like to obey

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