Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby‘s newfound popularity last year translated into $12,000 worth of free travel to speak at events around the country, as well as dozens of awards and other gifts, according to her ethics form filed with the state.
After indicting six police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, Mosby became a sought-after convention speaker and traveled out of state about once a month, in addition to attending a slew of local events, according to records and her office.
Event organizers covered Mosby’s travel costs and in some cases those of her two-member security detail. The most expensive trip was to a women’s philanthropic network conference in New Orleans valued at more than $3,900. Another trip, to speak to a conference in Savannah, Ga., of African-American union members, is listed at $3,125.
“Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, we are so proud of you,” the emcee at the Georgia event announced as she entered the room, according to its website.
Mosby, whose annual salary is $240,000, said in written responses to questions that she accepted the travel as gifts because she “does not believe that the taxpayers of Baltimore City should foot the bill for speaking engagements that require out-of-state travel.”