Mayor Pugh Seeks Broad Ethics Exemption to Raise Private Money to Fund Baltimore Programs

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is seeking a sweeping exemption from city ethics rules to allow her to personally raise private money to fund various community programs and events through City Hall’s charitable arm.

It’s a tactic Pugh has turned to frequently throughout her tenure, including the time she helped find funds to bus hundreds of young anti-gun protesters to Washington in March.

But it’s a strategy that ethics observers say can prove problematic and several cautioned Pugh against seeking the exemption.