Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh more than $100,000 from 2015 to 2018 for 20,000 copies of her children’s books according to reporting by the Baltimore Sun.
Why this matters: These purchases occurred at a time when Kaiser was trying to strike a deal to become the healthcare provider for the city’s employees. A deal that they ultimately won. Pugh was on the city’s spending board when Kaiser was awarded the $48 million deal in 2017. Pugh is reportedly taking a leave of absence.
“In hindsight, this arrangement with the University of Maryland Medical System was a regrettable mistake. I am deeply sorry for any lack of confidence or disappointment that this initiative may have caused among Baltimore city residents, friends and colleagues.”