HOT TOPICS ▶ North Korea     Target: Iran     The Real Baltimore     Reality Asserts Itself     United Kingdom    

  February 9, 2016

The Real News Tries to Attend Dixon Fundraiser

Former mayor of Baltimore holds shindig for donors behind closed doors
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter

"The Real News Network" delivers as the title indicates -"Real News". Not news cycle trash or fluff. - Laviero
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


MEGAN SHERMAN, TRNN: Campaign cash, tax breaks, and development: the basic recipe for how elections are financed in Baltimore were all in the mix at the Inner Harbor East Mariott Hotel Monday evening, as current frontrunner and former mayor Sheila Dixon held a closed-door fundraiser amid the trappings of wealth and privilege. The Real News tried to witness he event housed in the property owned by developer John Paterakis, but we were told the media was not allowed in.

The Inner Harbor landmark was financed by a tax break known as a PILOT, Payment In Lieu of Taxes. PILOTs allow projects not to pay any property taxes for years, gradually raising the rates over a decade, or sometimes longer. Eventually, Dixon emerged from the gathering and gave us a quick comment on the nature of the event.

[First of all] what this event here tonight is about, and I guess why [inaud.], or--.

SHEILA DIXON: Well, you know, all of us are doing fundraising to help us in winning the campaign. And this is just another fundraiser that people are hosting for me. I have a lot of grassroots support throughout this campaign. And you know, there are people in the business community that support me, and realize that I was doing a great job, and want to be supportive. And you know, we have a lot of fundraisers going on between now and April 26. This is just one fundraiser amongst many.

SHERMAN: And then what type of folk are coming to this event tonight?

DIXON: There are a number of businesspeople who are coming to this event who support the city, who are engaged and involved, have an investment in the city. And they want to hear, you know, my position on a number of challenges that we face in the city, and where the city's going to go moving forward, and what great opportunities are going to be available and hear my vision and my ideas.

SHERMAN: This is Megan Sherman and Stephen Janis reporting with the Real News Network.


DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at,, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Web Design, Web Development and Managed Hosting