Maryland Taxpayers Foot $200,000 Bill For State Officials' Preakness Stakes Tent
BALTIMORE COUNTY - A group of 80 Maryland politicians, officials, and business executives racked up a $200,000 tab at the Preakness Stakes, the Baltimore Sun reports: a bill that will be passed on to Maryland Taxpayers.
The costs were split between several state agencies, including commerce, transportation, natural resources, agriculture, housing and community development, and the state lottery. Using this enormous sum, politicians wined and dined in an invite-only tent where food, drinks, and tickets were complimentary.
The Preakness Stakes has traditionally been a gathering place for Maryland's upper echelons for networking and socializing. In 2019, the most recent Preakness before the pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan's private tent accounted for a $145,000 expense.
The Baltimore Banner compiled a list of attendees of the exclusive tent, with notable figures such as Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski featured.
The Banner also reported the presence of key business leaders like Michael Arrington, CEO of the lobbying and government relations firm Capitol Connections, and Eddie C. Brown, a philanthropist, and founder of Brown Capital Management.