Kamenetz accepts social memberships to country clubs

Beer, gala tickets, social memberships to country clubs are among gifts given to Kamenetz.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz receives "honorary social memberships" at a pair of country clubs, according to his latest financial disclosure filing.

Kamenetz, a Democrat, and the seven members of the Baltimore County Council are required each year to list their sources of income, interests in certain types of businesses, property they own in the county and gifts they receive worth $20 or more. The information is posted online by May 1 each year.

Kamenetz's disclosure for 2015 is more extensive than those of the seven council members, who reported few gifts and few financial interests.

Most of the gifts that Kamenetz listed were tickets to galas and dinners, such as the American Visionary Arts Museum's 20th anniversary gala ($500) and the Walters Art Museum's annual gala (also $500). Kamenetz also accepted tickets to an "Italian American dinner" worth $400 from developer John Vontran.

The county executive was invited to bull roasts, crab feasts and theater performances for free. He also reported a six-pack of beer from DuClaw worth $8, a book from the Baltimore Orioles worth $50 and a cookbook of undeclared value from celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay.

He did not list an approximate value for the "honorary social memberships" he received to the Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville and the Caves Valley Country Club in Owings Mills.

"I do not play golf there and pay all incidental meal charges," Kamenetz noted in the filing.

Don Mohler, a spokesman for Kamenetz, said he couldn't put a value on the country club memberships. He said the county executive has never made use of his membership at the invitation-only Caves Valley.

Many of the items on the list of gifts are "common courtesies extended to all county executives to help promote their causes or organizations," Mohler said.

Kamenetz owns one property in the county, a house in Owings Mills that he and his wife bought in 2003.

Kamenetz also disclosed income earned from his private law practice. Under the county charter, county executive is considered a full-time job.

A search of court records indicates Kamenetz has not been listed as a lawyer in any case since 2011. Mohler said Kamenetz receives some residual income from older cases that are handled by other attorneys.

The seven members of the Baltimore County Council submitted simpler filings. Most reported accepting no gifts, save for Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat who accepted tickets to two galas, and Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican who was given a pen made from timbers of the Jericho Covered Bridge. He estimated the pen's value at $35.

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