Pugh apologized in March for having "done something to upset the people."
The UMMS spokesman, Michael Schwartzberg, has said that UMMS has never had possession of any Healthy Holly books nor did it distribute books. The book was distributed by Healthy Holly LLC
Pugh recently returned $ 1
Pugh also received about $ 114,000 from Kaiser Permanente for some 20,000 books from 2015 to 2018, according to health care provider. Kaiser Permanente said it delivered the books to back-to-school fairs, elementary schools, communities of faith and early childhood education and care centers
Additionally, the Associated Black Charities, a public foundation that works to encourage healthier and more prosperous communities , said it spent about $ 80,000 between 2011 and 2016 to buy some 10,000 copies of Pugh's books – a project the organization learned about while she was still a state senator
This story is breaking and will be updated. 19659008] CNN's Devan Cole contributed to this report