You may have already heard this one, but, last week, Marion County Democratic Party Chair Ed Treacy lodged a complaint with the Marion County Election Board alleging that Mayor Greg Ballard is using public funds to campaign for Mayor.
At issue is the insert that comes each month with your water bill if you are a customer of Indianapolis Water as well as other communication from the Mayor's Office. The insert glowingly details the RebuildIndy program as, "Mayor Greg Ballard's initiative to transform the City through investment in infrastructure improvements." The insert describes the program's aim to provide for road and street repair and sidewalks. The piece describes RebuildIndy as a job creator and a win for public safety.
It certainly does read like campaign material.
Treacy's complaint (available here from the IndyChannel.com) also included a one-page letter sent on city dime about RebuildIndy that includes similar language as the insert.
RTV6's Kara Kenney did a report on the issue. That piece is here.
In response, Mayor Ballard's spokesman, Marc Lotter, called shenanigans on the issue telling Kenney, "Melina Kennedy and her political allies have called our mayor, who's a Gulf War veteran, cowardly and gutless, this is nothing more than the same political games we've come to expect from them."
Is this what we have to expect from the Ballard camp now every time they are criticized? The veteran card? Unbelievable!
Treacy released this statement yesterday:
August 1, 2011
Dear Friends :
Last week, I filed a complaint with the Marion County Election Board regarding Mayor Ballard’s use of public funds for blatantly political purposes. The Mayor has made clear that he is willing to squander public dollars on billboards, first class mail, and fliers in our water bills, all in an attempt to promote himself in an election year. It is wasteful, and it is wrong.
Call the Mayor's campaign today at (317) 635-8881, and let them know you don’t approve of your taxpayer dollars going toward his reelection efforts.
You can also view the story from WRTV6’s Kara Kenney here.
Edward T. Treacy
More to come on this one, I'm sure.