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February 16, 2011

"Developer B" throws bday fundraiser for Rawlings-Blake

Patrick Turner, a developer who played a key role in the trial of former Mayor Sheila Dixon, is throwing a birthday bash and fundraiser for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake next month.

Guests will enjoy "amazing culinary treats and drinks" from Ruth's Chris, The Wine Market and Miguel's Cocina and Cantina in the penthouse suite at Turner's Silo Point luxury condominium building on March 2, according to the invitation.

Tickets run from $1,000 to 125 for the fete, with discounts available for "public servants," according to the invitation.

Turner and his wife Jeanine, a model-turned-artist, are among the 30 members of the party's host committee.

Turner's testimony that he delivered a stack of $1,000 in gift cards to City Hall in 2005 played a key role in Dixon's 2009 trial on embezzlement charges. Turner , who was identified as "Developer B" in court documents, said he thought the cards were to be distributed to poor children. Dixon used some of the cards to buy gifts for family and employees.

Turner appeared uneasy on the witness stand. Here is how my colleagues Annie Linskey and Julie Bykowicz described him at the time:

"Turner, whose $1.4 billion planned community of offices, stores and housing in Westport is benefiting from the largest tax incentive the city has ever approved, appeared uncomfortable on the stand. He gripped the wooden arms of the witness chair and smoothed his mustache and beard, sometimes quickly dabbing his lips with a napkin. His face reddened at times, and he frequently glanced toward the defense table, where Dixon sat scribbling notes."

Other members of the host committee include developers Thibault Manekin, Arsh Mirmiran and Evan Morville, along with Peter Auchincloss, a former city planning commission chair and president of the Watermark Corporation.

Rawlings-Blake has a huge fundraising edge over her competitors in the mayor's race. She had raised $840,000 by late last month, more than twice as month as all of her challengers combined. She raised $600,000 at a single event that was scheduled for the same night comedian Bill Cosby appeared at an event for her competitor and former city planning director Otis Rolley.

Many of Rawlings-Blake's donations have come from developers and contractors who do business with the city, which is certainly not unexpected for an incumbent mayor.

Incidentally, the birthday celebration comes a little early for Rawlings-Blake. She will turn 41 on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

Posted by Julie Scharper at 3:17 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: City Hall


I can smell the stench from this event already.
Have you no shame SRB?
"Meet the new boss same as the old boss!"

It's deja vous all over again.
If I buy a ticket, can I get a tax break?

It's deja vous all over again.
If I buy a ticket, can I get a tax break?

It costs $1000 or ten $100 gift cards.

I guess this is a chicken-egg question, but does one become the most arrogant human being alive upon becoming Mayor of Baltimore, or is one required to have renounced all contact with reality in order to achieve that office?

I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady...All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating...So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up?
*Slim Shady = SRB
*Imitator = Dixon

And don't think for a second that Pat Turner won't expect repayment for his campaign favors and contributions. Billy Ferguson sold his soul to the devil (Developer # 2 or B) in order to be elected and now it's his turn to pay the piper. Follow the link below to read the bill Ferguson is attempting to pass which will expand the scope of the 3 liquor licenses Turner has at Silo Point and at the same time, diminish the value of other liquor licenses in the vicinity. Real slick Ferguson and Turner!

Don't doubt for a second that Rawlings-Blake, Bill Cole (his fundraiser is tomorrow night at Turner's restaurant) and Ed Reisinger won't have to answer to Developer # 2 if they are re-elected. Take heed voters.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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