Below is an excerpt from a compelling piece of investigation by blogger/lawyer Gary Welsh condemning appointees on the Captial Improvement Board as working for their own self-serving interests and not those of the public. The piece is called "Unraveling the tangled web of conflicts on the CIB"
Volunteer citizen bloggers, who courageously attack local corruption, back room dealings, and cronyism, are once again the targets of paid political bloggers like Thomas Cook of Blue Indiana. These poltical blogging mercenaries believe they can make us disappear. They can't. We stand with the unpaid lawyers who serve as activist bloggers working on behalf of the taxpayers. And we know you stand with them too!
Gary Welsh writes:
"I consider it my civic duty to make the citizenry of this city and state
as knowledgeable as possible to help guard the public interest. It comes at a
personal cost, though, for those of us who are willing to stand up and fight for
Paid bloggers who won't disclose who is paying them launch personal
and defamatory attacks against us, calling us "batshit crazy bloggers" and
seeking to discredit our volunteer work for the public good. Anonymous bloggers
employed by our city government and the Marion County Republican Party have launched a blog devoted
entirely to discrediting citizen activist and fellow blogger Paul Ogden, often
taking swipes at me and others as well along the way.
Sadly, the Citizen Kane mayoral candidate many of us fought so hard to
elect when others in our party wouldn't give him the time of day, and who
promised us on his election night victory to end "country club politics" in
Indianapolis as we know it, will not even give us an ear to hear our concerns.
He won't even speak to me or acknowledge my presence when he sees me. Even U.S.
Rep. Andre Carson, a politician who has been on the receiving end of many barbs
from this blogger, always greets me with a friendly handshake and a smile.
No sooner had our new mayor taken office than the same government
contractors who populated his predecessor's campaign finance reports began
writing similar checks to his campaign committee. True to form, publicly-funded
contracts were rolled out to satisfy many of those same contributors.What these
people can't understand is that there are some people who still want to
participate in the political process who aren't looking for a job or a
government contract. We're driven by civic virtue and the public good.
Unfortunately, we've created a political system at all levels of government in
this country where the free and unfettered are not welcome. If you cannot be
controlled, then just go away. Well, we're not going away and these people will
just have to learn to live with that fact. "