5 things Baltimore City bought with its credit cards [Pictures]
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and dozens of city officials routinely pay for goods and services using city-issued credit cards, according to records provided to The Baltimore Sun. A review of tens of thousands of dollars in expenses since 2012 sheds light on how the city does business. Here are examples of the charges officials have rung up:
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Last fall, the mayor's office spent more than $800 on six floral gifts, including a $121.95 arrangement delivered to Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington for his birthday. The card read: "Wishing you a very happy birthday...and many more! Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake"
Christmas-themed arrangements were sent to Comptroller Joan M. Pratt and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young. Another recipient was Glen Middleton, a top official with the public employees union. Harris called the gifts "goodwill gestures."