By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun
9:01 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
Maryland State Police spent more than $5,600 on Gov. Martin O'Malley's security during his Super Bowl trip earlier this year, officials said Monday.
During O'Malley's trip to New Orleans, his Executive Protection Unit spent $5,627 for airfare, meals, vehicles, hotel and overtime, according to agency spokesman Greg Shipley.
The city of Baltimore also spent more than $5,000 on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's security during the event.
According to documents to be presented to the Board of Estimates on Wednesday, Baltimore police spent $5,010 for two executive protection officers, Eric Eason and Warren Smith, to accompany Rawlings-Blake between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4, while the mayor was cheering on the Super Bowl champion Ravens.
The two officers were each allotted $206 for food per day and $500 for a hotel room each night. The agency prepaid $1,700 for hotels, and issued credit cards to the officers for other expenses. Eason's airfare cost $1,428 while Smith's cost $1,112. They also charged $572 for a rental car and $55 for gas.
The police department apologized for not bringing the expenses to the city's spending panel sooner, and cited a "delay in the administrative process."
Eason and another officer, Derrick E. Mayfield, also spent $2,283 traveling with the mayor to Washington D.C. between Jan. 17 and 22, when she attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the documents show.
As mayor, Rawlings-Blake has a skybox at M&T Bank Stadium, which allowed her to purchase up to eight Super Bowl tickets, ranging from $950 to $1,250 apiece. Rawlings-Blake and her husband, Kent, paid to attend the Super Bowl and stayed at a friend's home nearby, according to her spokesman. She sold the city's other tickets. Her brother, Wendell, who bought two of the tickets, as did City Councilmen Robert W. Curran and William H. Cole IV, all using their own money.
O'Malley, who also has a taxpayer-funded box at M&T Bank Stadium, sold his Super Bowl tickets to a pair of top aides and a city delegate.
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 the governor's office used no taxpayer funds for the trip.
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