Political Profiteering - Forest City's long history in Slavic Village

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/13/2021 - 09:44.
Political Profiteering - Forest City's long history in Slavic Village
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Dead bodies in Slavic Village - 3680 E 50 latest

 
Forest City Enterprises (FCE) is a $10.6 billion company that most Americans have likely never heard of, even though the public finances twenty-three percent of FCE’s revenue. The FCE business model is dependent upon political profiteering: relying on public money and government influence to reap millions in profit.  Using highly paid lobbyists, political connections, campaign contributions, and strategic hiring of government officials, FCE obtains lavish public subsidies, tax-exempt financing and the seizure of private land from eminent domain condemnations.

 

https://causeofaction.org/political-profiteering-how-forest-city-enterprises-makes-private-profits-at-the-expense-of-americas-taxpayers/

Long READ -Eric J Brewer -Justin call EJB

https://ejbnews.com/28834/  

Relevant information -excerpted and bolded:

When the next mayor walks into Cleveland city hall they will be walking into a series of ongoing activities.  Among them will be local, state and federal audits as well as confidential federal and state criminal investigations.

The next mayor is going to inherit a 6000*employee workforce Jackson built over the past 16 years.  They are untrained.  Undisciplined.  Overpaid at the top.  Largely incompetent.  An example of administrative incompetence is the construction and demolition debris landfill Jackson’s health department allowed to exist behind homes in East Cleveland.

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Not even the city council “health committee” White’s protege, Johnson, served on knew Cleveland since the 1970’s has had a contract with the Ohio EPA to enforce air, water and soil pollution laws for Cuyahoga County. All of it.  I’ve had discussions with Northern Ohio administrator Kurt Princic about stripping the city of the contract because Jackson’s negligence has turned damn near the entire east side of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County into a landfill for every type of dumper.

Debris from University Circle’s projects have been ending up buried in Forest Hill Park.  Baumann’s does what they want at Broadway and E. 131 st Street; while one of the “son’s” plants dirt over stone at a demolition site on E. 148th and Kinsman.  Any mayoral debate about the environment that doesn’t include questions about why Cleveland doesn’t enforce its end of the contract makes the discussion moot if the questioners and candidates don’t know it exists.  Neither do the town’s journalists.  You can not ask or talk about what you don’t know.

Cleveland has been managed over the past 16 years by a mayor who was not a disciplined reader nor one who built “statutory compliance” into every facet of every municipal worker’s job description.  City hall’s activities, including those of city council, do not resemble the structure laid out for them in the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of Ohio, the laws of the nation, state, charter, ordinances and administrative codes.

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I don’t know Bibb and never heard of him until his name began appearing in the Plain Dealer and on cleveland.com.  In my mind I saw someone behind the scenes “building him up.” What I know is Bibb has absolutely no consciousness for managing a statutory government that doesn’t need his “ideas.”  It’s the mayor’s duty to learn, master, obey and enforce two constitutions and federal, state and local laws.  The beauty of our laws is that if read and obeyed by the officials in government all our lives are improved.  They’re great governing authorities.  They just have to be “read.”

*Crain's Cleveland reports that the actual number of CLE employees thanks to FRANK is 7K +  GOOD NEWS for Justin Bibb - most of those employees LIVE OUTSIDE CLE and CAN'T vote in NovemberMany got their jobs through Kevin Kelley.

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Rebecca Maurer
 
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6/ Printing and sending these three mailers undoubtedly cost thousands and thousands of dollars. And because the PAC was sending these out, I don't think the incumbent sent a single piece of mail that he paid for himself -- one of the largest expenses in a campaign.
 
 

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Rebecca Maurer
 
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7/This unreported PAC spending isn't right. (1) If it's a direct contribution--which I think it is--the PAC is going far beyond the $3,000 limit (2) And even if it's an independent expenditure, the PAC is appearing to be the incumbent, confusing voters in violation of Ohio law
 
 

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Rebecca Maurer
 
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8/ Any way you slice it, this spending violates Ohio law. And it's the Council Leadership Fund PAC -- led by Kevin Kelley -- putting its thumb on the scale in Ward 12.
 
 

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Rebecca Maurer
 
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9/ I gave the incumbent and the PAC the benefit of the doubt. I sent a letter to them last week asking that they call these mailers what they plainly are (direct contributions), correct their books, and refund the excessive money.
 
 

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10/I didn't even get a response back I think that the PAC & the incumbent were hoping this could get swept under the rug for the quick 6 weeks before the general. My opponent continued to attend events with printed copies of the PAC's mailer in hand as though it was his own.
 
 

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Rebecca Maurer
 
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11/The stakes are high here. Ward 12 deserves nothing less than a fair race. I worry that if these spending irregularities aren't addressed, and quickly, my neighbors and I will be fighting a barrage of improper spending for the next 39 days. What a distraction from what matters.
 
 

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Rebecca Maurer
 
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12/What’s worse, the PAC has Kevin Kelley in the driver’s seat. He's a treasurer. It's his fund meant to protect incumbents. This isn’t “inside baseball”--that’s just what the PAC is for. And while he's running for mayor, he is using his PAC's money to muck around in Ward 12.
 
 

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Rebecca Maurer
 
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13/ I'm running for Council because I fundamentally believe Clevelanders deserve better politics than what we've been getting. There's no better example of what’s broken in Cleveland than what I’ve described in this thread. It’s why I felt I had to file a formal complaint.
 
 

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Rebecca Maurer
 
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14/ I can only hope that the incumbent and the PAC do the right thing and reverse this unreported contribution, or that the Ohio Elections Commission intervenes promptly. Cleveland and Ward 12 deserve nothing less.

Maurer bites the HAND - Good for her

NEWS: Today I had to file a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission against the Council Leadership Fund PAC for it’s spending in Ward 12. I launched my campaign on a commitment to accountability and transparency. So I want to explain how I reached this decision 2/ For background--and many of you already know this--the Council Leadership Fund PAC was formed by members of council years ago. Council president and mayoral candidate Kevin Kelley is a treasurer and--as the name implies--the goal is to maintain the status quo on council. 3/ PACs like it have two ways to spend money. (1) They can contribute directly to a campaign subject to donation limits (in Cleveland -- $3,000) (2) They can make uncoordinated, independent expenditures subject to rules -- rules like not confusing voters about who is paying 4/The Council Leadership Fund PAC maxed out its donations to the Ward 12 incumbent with a single $3,000 check in July. Business as usual. But then my neighbors in the Ward started getting mail. The mail was clearly from the incumbent, but it said it was paid for by the PAC. 5/ There isn’t a big mystery here. These mailers use the incumbent’s official logo, phone number, and e-mail. They are written by the incumbent--they say “me” and “my.” One even has a letter encouraging people to vote signed by the incumbent. 6/ Printing and sending these three mailers undoubtedly cost thousands and thousands of dollars. And because the PAC was sending these out, I don't think the incumbent sent a single piece of mail that he paid for himself -- one of the largest expenses in a campaign. 7/This unreported PAC spending isn't right. (1) If it's a direct contribution--which I think it is--the PAC is going far beyond the $3,000 limit (2) And even if it's an independent expenditure, the PAC is appearing to be the incumbent, confusing voters in violation of Ohio law 8/ Any way you slice it, this spending violates Ohio law. And it's the Council Leadership Fund PAC -- led by Kevin Kelley -- putting its thumb on the scale in Ward 12.