DID THE MAYOR SELL US OUT FOR A $5,000 FUNDRAISER?
I'm a fan of the Mayor. I honestly don't believe the man has a bad bone in his body. However, I'm not so sure about his street smarts and I don't think he understood the slime that encased him as soon as it was announced he was elected.
Ogden on Politics is reporting that Mayor Ballard signed an EXCLUSIVE contract with Barnes & Thornburg to run his transition and signed power to these legal rats to establish his executive offices.
I do know shortly after the Mayor's election (delivered to him by THE PEOPLE) he went to New Albany to meet President Bush who was speaking there. Guess who was in the car with Ballard the whole way? Joe Loftus and Bob Grand of Barnes & Thornburg...that's who! I was told that they were in his ear the whole trip.
Shortly after the mayor was sworn in, he appointed (annointed?) Bob Grand to serve as President of the Capital Improvement Board which doles out millions and millions of OUR money! More than $12 million alone goes to the Arts Council. In comparison, the city's budget for the council is a paltry $1.5 million, recently cut to $1 million.
The CIB also recently agreed to dole out an additional off budget $150,000 at the request of Susan Williams to the Indiana Sports Corporation. You might recall that Susan Williams stole the Pan Am Plaza from the people when the building sold recently.
Ogden is so convinced that the mayor signed over power to organize the transition to these self-serving lawyers at B&T, that he requested to see the contract Ballard signed with Barnes & Thornburg. The mayor has 7 days to respond.
Curiously in one week is the Mayor's Annual Luau at the State Fair Grounds. If you didn't get an invite, you are invited...everyone is. It's at the Pavillion at the Speedway from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, January 24th. Let's make sure there is a big table of activists there who got him elected. It's time he heard from us again as a big group. It's been a year.
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