Maryland taxpayers footed a $145,500 bill for the governor and state agencies to entertain guests in a corporate tent at the 144th Preakness Stakes last month.
The tent was among a line of corporate tents ringing the track at one end of the infield at Pimlico Race Course in Northwest Baltimore.
Politicians and others streamed in and out all day, but reporters weren’t allowed inside. The governor’s office later said it was a mistake not to allow a reporter inside.
Most of the guests were invited by Gov. Larry Hogan, the Department of Commerce or the Department of Transportation. The guest list included politicians from both parties, Cabinet secretaries and executives from companies with a presence in Maryland.
The cost amounted to $755 per person, according to the governor’s office, which had about 100 guests for a total of $75,500.