Political contributions

No-holds-barred tactics lifted developer Ozdemir

March 8, 2014
Cory Schouten
Ersal Ozdemir, who heads the development and construction firm Keystone Group, has charmed elected officials for years with big ideas—and hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions.
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Police, FBI investigate Elwood mayor's campaign spending

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The treasurer of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold's campaign committee said he's been questioned by state and federal officers about Arnold's expenditures for out-of-state travel and personal bills.
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Campaign money offer exposed in Indiana gay marriage fight

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
A former state Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out at the Statehouse.
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Special Report: City's building spree leaves trail of spoilsRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard takes pride in Rebuild Indy, the city’s nearly $400 million program that doubled the volume of public works projects—and became engineering and construction firms' largest business opportunity with the city in more than a decade.
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Indiana biz leaders race to fund presidential campaignsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, has raised $2.27 million in large gifts from Hoosiers, twice as much as President Barack Obama, according to federal campaign-finance data through June 30.
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Biz interests shy from gubernatorial hopeful GreggRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Technically, the Indiana governor’s race is wide open, but some deep-pocketed donors see Democrat John Gregg as a long shot. Gregg tripled his fundraising pace in the second quarter, but much of that was fueled by unions, rather than business groups and executives who’ve supported Democrats in the past.
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Bennett rakes in record cash in education raceRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Reform-minded Superintendent of Public Instruction draws contributions from across the country.
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Mayoral race draws gifts from outside city, stateRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
About a third of the money that flowed to Indianapolis mayoral candidates Greg Ballard and Melina Kennedy in the most recent fundraising cycle came from donors not eligible to vote in the election.
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Ballard, Kennedy add more than $1M in campaign funds

October 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy each raised more than $1 million in the most recent seven-month reporting period and are neck-in-neck in the amount of campaign money they have on hand.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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Fair trustee sues to recoup $138,580 in GOP donations

April 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
The five lawsuits filed this week do not include the biggest recipients of Tim Durham’s political largesse—campaign committees associated with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
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Lawmaker wants Durham donations returned

August 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
State Rep. Ed DeLaney of Indianapolis said Thursday that contributions of more than $800,000 by Indianapolis businessman Timothy Durham should be sent to a bankruptcy trustee for Ohio investment firm Fair Finance Co., which was forced into bankruptcy earlier this year.
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Trustee pressing Daniels, others to return Durham's donations

August 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Trustee Brian Bash has sent letters to politicians who he says received a total of $900,000 in funds Durham had borrowed from the coffers of Fair Finance, a now-bankrupt investment firm based in Ohio.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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