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February 15, 2012
The Sun's recent article concerning skybox tickets used by MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakebrings to light the arrogance of the mayor ("Mayor invites family, donors, allies to M&T box," Feb. 9). I am confused as to the services her family provides to the city that would make them eligible to receive such a lucrative gift, a gift she bestows on them on a regular basis. Your article never mentioned the cost to taxpayers to provide food for her guests. I would assume the mayor doesn't make enough money to feed her family herself.
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February 7, 2014
The controversy over officials using state skyboxes at area stadiums to entertain political allies and campaign donors does not end ( "Skybox guests pay for the honor," Feb. 5). But the more important question is why the state has a skybox in the first place. I don't know how much a skybox costs, but I'll bet it isn't cheap. It's my understanding the state also has skyboxes at M&T Bank Stadium and at Oriole Park at Camden Yards . Maryland, the state that loves to tax, tax and tax, owns skyboxes at all three area stadiums - all paid for with taxpayer dollars.
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By Luke Broadwater and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2012
A government watchdog group said Thursday that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has politicized invitations to her office's Ravens skybox, and urged her to include more working-class residents. "The mayor has made the choice to turn this into a political skybox and not the people's skybox," said Susan Wichmann, the director of Common Cause Maryland. "We call on the mayor, going forward, to use the skybox to highlight good work being done by people in the city. There's no reason why she couldn't invite the firefighters and the police officers and the good students and the teachers.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
In your report on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's hosting campaign contributors in the state's skybox at the Washington Redskins' stadium, I got the impression that this was real news when in fact it's not. In the past The Sun has reported that former Mayor Sheila ("I'll take my pension and run") Dixon, current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O'Malley also have used state skyboxes to grease the palms of their political supporters ("Brown's skybox guests and their affiliates donated $20K to campaign," Feb. 1)
NEWS
February 5, 2014
In your report on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's hosting campaign contributors in the state's skybox at the Washington Redskins' stadium, I got the impression that this was real news when in fact it's not. In the past The Sun has reported that former Mayor Sheila ("I'll take my pension and run") Dixon, current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O'Malley also have used state skyboxes to grease the palms of their political supporters ("Brown's skybox guests and their affiliates donated $20K to campaign," Feb. 1)
NEWS
February 13, 2012
Regarding Baltimore MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakeand her guests at Ravens games ("Mayor invites family, donors, allies to M&T box" (Feb. 9), was she supposed to invite strangers, political non-contributors and enemies? Horrors! Slow news day, guys? Michael L. DeVincentis, Jr., Timonium
NEWS
February 12, 2012
Did your article about MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake's guests in the city's skybox really warrant placement above the fold on the front page ("Mayor invites family, donors, allies to M&T box," Feb. 9)? So what if the mayor invited business leaders, family and friends? This has always been done at every level of government. When former Gov. Marvin Mandel was criticized once for rewarding his friends, he responded: "Who am I supposed to reward, my enemies?" The mayor is doing a superior job under extremely difficult circumstances.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
Unlike last year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young watched Sunday's home Ravens playoff game in apparent harmony. The Sun photographed Rawlings-Blake and Young proudly displaying their team spirit in the mayor's suite. The skybox unity stood in contrast to last season, when Rawlings-Blake rescinded an invitation for Young and his wife to join her in the city's skybox. The snub came after the council president criticized her administration's support for the beleaguered Grand Prix race.  Rawlings-Blake and Young also battled last year during the city's budget approval, with Young arguing that more money should go to prevent fire companies and recreation centers from closing.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2012
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown used his 18 tickets to the state skybox at FedEx Field to entertain business leaders, union officials, state politicians, lobbyists, friends and family, according to records requested by The Baltimore Sun. Guests included a number of prominent African-Americans, including Democratic Party Chairwoman Yvette Lewis, former Democratic Party treasurer Kenneth R. Banks, Podesta Group partner Paul A. Brathwaite, lobbyist Gregory...
NEWS
December 3, 2013
Apparently following in the footsteps of his Democratic predecessors, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is abusing the public's skyboxes for his own purposes ( "Brown hosts influential guests in Redskins stadium skybox," Nov. 22). Expect more of the same if he becomes governor. When will the public learn that it's time to turn these people out? Thanks to The Sun for bringing this to light. Finton Cordell - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has hosted politically influential guests in the state's skybox at the Washington Redskins' stadium — many of whom are also campaign contributors. In total, guests — and those associated with them, including corporate affiliates and relatives — have contributed about $20,000 to his campaign to become governor, according to the latest filings in that race. Brown, who is running for governor, recently surged into the lead in fundraising in the Democratic campaign as he built up his treasury to slightly more than $7 million.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
Apparently following in the footsteps of his Democratic predecessors, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is abusing the public's skyboxes for his own purposes ( "Brown hosts influential guests in Redskins stadium skybox," Nov. 22). Expect more of the same if he becomes governor. When will the public learn that it's time to turn these people out? Thanks to The Sun for bringing this to light. Finton Cordell - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
Like Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Gov. Martin O'Malley has surrounded himself with top Democrats in his skybox at Ravens stadium over the past year. But the governor also has displayed a penchant for entertaining television stars - mixing business interests, politicians and celebrities while eating at taxpayer expense. For instance, “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey was among those at the Sept. 23 game against New England Patriots. Other guests included a top aide to Democrat Ken Ulman, the lieutenant governor candidate; a Sodexo Corp.
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By Luke Broadwater and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
As he runs for governor, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown has hosted politically influential guests - including lobbyists, campaign contributors and union leaders - in the state's skybox at the Redskins' stadium, records show. Brown's guests during the 2012 and 2013 football seasons have included well-connected lobbyists Earl Adams Jr. and Major F. Riddick Jr., pastors from significant Prince George's County churches and the supervisor of a state trooper who issued a report criticizing the behavior of Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, a rival in the governor's race.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's Super Bowl tickets went to a pair of top aides and a city delegate, the administration said this week.  As governor, O'Malley has a state skybox at Ravens stadium, which allows him to purchase up to eight Super Bowl tickets, ranging in price from $950 to $1,250 apiece. O'Malley and his wife, Baltimore District Judge Catherine "Katie" Curran O'Malley, used two of those tickets and paid for them with personal funds. Three other pairs of tickets were purchased at face-value by the governor's public affairs director, Stephen Neuman; state budget director T. Eloise Foster; and State Del. Shawn Z. Tarrant, a Baltimore Democrat.   O'Malley spokeswoman Raquel Guillory has said no taxpayer funds were used for the trip.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley will be in New Orleans to root for the Ravens at Super Bowl XLVII, but he hasn't yet decided who will get to use six other tickets he controls. As governor, O'Malley has a state skybox at Ravens stadium, which allows him to purchase up to eight Super Bowl tickets, ranging in price from $950 to $1,250 apiece. O'Malley and his wife, Baltimore District Judge Catherine "Katie" Curran O'Malley, will use two of those tickets and will pay for them with personal funds, said O'Malley spokeswoman Raquel Guillory.
NEWS
March 23, 2012
While some of the ideas in your editorial about the mayor's skybox ("The people's skybox," March 21) had merit, anyone who read your statement that sometimes "the invitees seem to serve little public purpose" needs to understand that the purpose being served is the same one shared by the majority of Maryland politicians: Currying favor and getting reelected. The skybox is just another political tool for that purpose. Ruth Mascari, Monkton
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By Julie Scharper and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's guests in the city's private skybox at Ravens games this past season included a small circle of city employees, prominent business leaders, donors to her campaign, and several family members, documents show. City officials say there are no restrictions on whom the mayor can invite to the skybox, which is provided at no cost to Rawlings-Blake, as it was to her predecessors, under the lease agreement for what is now called M&T Bank Stadium. Documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a public records request indicate that the mayor extended invitations for both personal and political purposes.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
Unlike last year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young watched Sunday's home Ravens playoff game in apparent harmony. The Sun photographed Rawlings-Blake and Young proudly displaying their team spirit in the mayor's suite. The skybox unity stood in contrast to last season, when Rawlings-Blake rescinded an invitation for Young and his wife to join her in the city's skybox. The snub came after the council president criticized her administration's support for the beleaguered Grand Prix race.  Rawlings-Blake and Young also battled last year during the city's budget approval, with Young arguing that more money should go to prevent fire companies and recreation centers from closing.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2012
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown used his 18 tickets to the state skybox at FedEx Field to entertain business leaders, union officials, state politicians, lobbyists, friends and family, according to records requested by The Baltimore Sun. Guests included a number of prominent African-Americans, including Democratic Party Chairwoman Yvette Lewis, former Democratic Party treasurer Kenneth R. Banks, Podesta Group partner Paul A. Brathwaite, lobbyist Gregory...
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