A fundraiser at the Hippodrome Theatre for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, boasting $6,000 VIP access and scheduled to happen two days before the Baltimore Police Department is set to release its report on the death of Freddie Gray, has been cancelled, according to an official.
An email to supporters touting the fundraiser went out at 1:29 p.m. this afternoon, and it soon caught the attention of WBAL investigative reporter Jayne Miller, who tweeted: "Mayor SRB holding fundraiser next week 4/29 with VIP ticket priced at $6000. 2 days before report due on Freddie Gray." But Charles G. Tildon III, treasurer of Rawlings-Blake For Baltimore, wrote in an email to City Paper that the message was sent in error.
"The email reminder that went out Thursday had been automatically programmed weeks ago, and we regret that no one remembered to cancel it before it was sent," Tildon wrote. "Next week's fund raiser has been cancelled."
It's not immediately clear if the fundraiser was called off because of Gray's death resulting from a severed spine suffered in police custody and the subsequent protests or for another reason. Tildon did not immediately respond to an email seeking to clarify that point.
Tickets for the fundraiser started at $500, according to the email, which informed "individuals, corporations, associations, PACs, and partnerships" they could contribute up to $6,000, the most one person can donate to single candidate in a four-year period, according to a new law that went into effect in January.