City Council President Brandon Scott on Wednesday asked Baltimore’s inspector general to review the last five years of city contracts with Columbia financier and “Healthy Holly” book purchaser J.P. Grant.
The request comes in response to federal prosecutors’ contention that Grant knew he was inappropriately funding former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s political campaign by writing checks for her self-published children’s books.
“We are just trying to get all the facts,” Scott said. “This is about making sure that the city is operating the way that it should be.”
Scott said he would also be returning campaign contributions that he has received in recent years from Grant, the owner of Grant Capital Management and a major political donor in the city. He holds the city’s master lease, under which he serves as financier for an array of city purchases.