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Catherine Pugh Campaign Donors Want Their Money Back Following Kids’ Book Fiasco

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Some donors who supported Catherine Pugh’s re-election campaign want their money back as the Democratic Baltimore mayor is embroiled in her kids’ book fiasco.

Pugh allegedly sold her self-published “Healthy Holly” books to the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) for $500,000 while on the system’s board. The FBI and IRS executed search warrants against Pugh Thursday and several officials including Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan have called on the 69-year-old mayor to resign.

“I have requested the Committee to Retain Catherine E. Pugh return my contribution to her campaign in full,” former state Del. Connie DeJuliis of Baltimore County said, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday. “I am disappointed in the mayor’s lack of judgment, to say nothing of her lack of integrity.”

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Pugh had accumulated $1 million in donations for her re-election campaign at the end of January, according to The Sun.

Realtor Alan R. Ingraham donated nearly $5,000 to Pugh’s campaign, but is “leaning” toward asking for his money back. Baltimore resident James DeGraffenreidt contributed $2,000, The Sun reported.

“They should send me a check back,” DeGraffenreidt said, according to The Sun.

Pugh returned $100,000 to UMMS and canceled her book deal, according to WBALTV 11.

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She has been on an indefinite leave of absence due to pneumonia.

Pugh’s website was not accepting contributions at the time of reporting.

It was apparently disabled Monday, according to The Sun.

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