Well, former Baltimore Mayor SRB's campaign spending is being audited by the state of Maryland after reports from the Baltimore Brew of how she spent her campaign funds according to this Baltimore Brew article reporting that SRB used $54,000 in campaign funds to fund a "farewell party": https://baltimorebre...farewell-party/
The wine kept coming and so did the filet mignon, empanadas, pork sausages, poached pears and gourmet pastries at the party that former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake threw for herself a month before leaving office.
A dj got the crowd up and dancing, a magician circulated among the guests, delighting them with card tricks.
For take-home favors, there were mini-bottles of Mumm Napa sparkling wine.
The cost of the November 11 bash: $54,437.
But neither Rawlings-Blake nor her guests paid for the private event at Bar Vasquez, an upscale Argentine-themed eatery near Harbor East.
Instead, the full tab was deducted from “Stephanie Rawlings-Blake For Baltimore,” her political fundraising committee.
In reports to the state Board of Elections, the committee categorized the costs as “campaign field expenses” for a campaign that never was.
The general rule, says Jared DeMarinis, director of campaign finance at the Elections Board, is that a candidate’s funds should only be used in furtherance of a campaign, not for personal uses.
An office holder who is no longer running for office is expected to transfer campaign funds to other political committees or donate them to charity.
DeMarinis said his office plans to audit the financial statements of the Rawlings-Blake committee based on the earlier story in The Brew about her expenses.