Baltimore, MD  - Feb. 24, 2024  - Democratic mayoral candidate and former Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah condemned what he called the Mayor Brandon Scott’s mismanagement of $641 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds at a news conference today.

“The mayor has frittered away a once-in-a-century opportunity, padding agency budgets, repaying favors to donors and developers, and feeding pet projects and special interests,” said Vignarajah in a news release. “Squandering $641 million is this Mayor’s biggest, most unforgivable mistake.”

According to Vignarajah, the problems include the lack of timely and transparent spending as the City nears an important federal deadline that, if missed, will cost Baltimore the remainder of the funds and the use of taxpayer dollars as a political slush fund to repay donors and developers and curry favor with special interests.

Vignaraja says that Mayor Scott gave $5 million to Seawall Development whose owners donated thousands in campaign contributions to the mayor and that gave $2 million to SEIU whose PAC has donated thousands to his campaigns.... Read More: FOX45