Panel to ap­prove se­cu­rity for mayor’s va­ca­tion

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Bal­ti­more’s spend­ing panel is be­ing asked to ap­prove more than $1,800 for out­go­ing Mayor Stephanie Rawl­ings-Blake’s se­cu­rity de­tail, which joined her on a trip to Martha’s Vine­yard for a po­lit­i­cal fundraiser and va­ca­tion. The Board of Es­ti­mates is ex­pected to ap­prove Of­fi­cer Kyle Gooden’s meal and ho­tel ex­penses dur­ing a week­long t ri p t o t he Mas­sachusetts is­land in Au­gust. The board memo lists the pur­pose of the trip as a fundraiser for Ka­mala Har­ris, the Cal­i­for­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral, who is run­ning for a U.S. Se­nate seat. Rawl­ingsBlake is sec­re­tary of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee and ac­tive in party pol­i­tics. Rawl­ingsBlake spokesman An­thony McCarthy said the fundraiser was an­cil­lary to the mayor’s va­ca­tion. Rawl­ings-Blake, whose term ends in De­cem­ber, did not seek re-elec­tion. “The mayor was ac­tu­ally on per­sonal va­ca­tion,” McCarthy said in an email. “She is re­quired to have se­cu­rity with her at all times.”

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