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Baltimore's spending panel is being asked to approve more than $1,800 for outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's security detail, which joined her on a trip to Martha's Vineyard for a political fundraiser and vacation.

The Board of Estimates is expected to approve Officer Kyle Gooden's meal and hotel expenses during a weeklong trip to the upscale Massachusetts island in August.

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The board memo lists the purpose of the trip as a fundraiser for Kamala Harris, the California attorney general who is running for a U.S. Senate seat. Rawlings-Blake is secretary of the Democratic National Committee and active in party politics.

Rawlings-Blake spokesman Anthony McCarthy said the fundraiser was ancillary to the mayor's vacation. Rawlings-Blake, whose term ends in December, did not seek re-election.

"The mayor was actually on personal vacation," McCarthy said in an email. "She is required to have security with her at all times."

Security has accompanied Rawlings-Blake on past trips, such as a 2012 family vacation to San Diego, Calif. The board paid $2,000 to reimburse the police department for her security detail on that trip.

Police officials have said the mayor could decline to use executive protection, although the agency's intelligence section recommends how much security is needed for public officials.

Former mayors Sheila Dixon and Martin O'Malley had police officers accompany them on family vacations. The city paid $4,500 in 2009 for officers to accompany Dixon on a summer vacation to Miami.

Dixon, a Democrat, is running a write-in campaign to get her old job back. She faces Democratic state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, Republican Alan Walden and Green Party candidate Joshua Harris.

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