And how the mayor handles these matters is a legitimate public interest. Ms. Rawlings-Blake's spokesman, Ryan O'Doherty, insists that no taxpayer dollars are spent on these tickets. They are, he says, a routine matter of a city-owned arena providing tickets to the city's top official, something he says is "neither new nor extraordinary." But that doesn't mean the practice has no fiscal impact. If the tickets were not provided to the mayor's office, they could instead be sold to the general public.