Monday, March 25, 2019

No equal billing for David White? That's because Tricky Dickey is playing favorites again, ceding the party's HQ window space to the highest and only bidder, Jeff Gahan.

In October of 2018, it looked like this.

But then it changed.

Same power-brokering slumlord still owns the building.

Same underachieving political party still claims the building as its headquarters.

2003 photo?

Same Democratic chairman still wants us to believe he's democratic.

Maybe the Floyd County Democratic Party sold naming rights to a party member's campaign as displayed on the window of the party member's building.


Well, at least they can pay the utility bills this way.

Be that as it may, or may not -- the fun begins soon, as we undertake the dissection of the Gahan campaign's expenditures -- we're left with a question: As it pertains to fairness and impartiality in a primary election, does the county party chairman have a responsibility to assure that all party candidates are treated the same? 

Neither the state nor local party rule books seem to address this, but the Democratic National Committee's charter and bylaws do.

The Floyd County Democratic Party's platform ends with this passage, implying that the local party must defer to the national party in matters undefined.

David White is a Democrat, and he's running for mayor in the Democratic Party's 2019 primary.

And yet, for White to get a sign at his own party's downtown headquarters, he has been forced to hang it across the street.

How is Adam Dickey administering a fair and impartial primary election on behalf of the Democratic Party if only one candidate for mayor (hint: the $438,000 candidate) is accorded every square inch of the window at the party's headquarters?

Isn't this level of hypocrisy intense even by Dickey's lofty standards?

Maybe the best explanations are here.

If you're one of those gung-ho local Democratic party members waking each morning to coffee, then hurling abuse at Donald Trump for sleaze and corruption before you've even used the toilet, howzabout while you're in there you take a glance at the mirror and observe exactly who is condoning bad party behavior right here in Anchor City?

Not a pretty sight, is it?

(thanks J)

Or Market Street: "Don’t let your Main Street -- or any street -- turn in to a cartoon version of Main Street."

At least Nicolae wasn't hypocritical about it.

The following link probably is more applicable to Jeffersonville's emerging downtown building projects, but it's still worthy of note, for this phrase alone: "cartoon version."

As in, a cartoon version of downtown revitalization.

I'm waiting for a scholar somewhere to write the book about the way that a whole generation of Americans, maybe two, has mistaken Disney World for the Real World, with generic cookie-cutter plastic facades substituted for genuine essences -- and another whole generation of engineers and design "experts" making out like bandits.

When you look at HWC's plan for Market Street beautification, and witness the delighted reaction of City Hall functionaries to the merest mention of IKEA furniture, it's plain that none of it has to do with what makes New Albany unique and distinctive. It's almost like a disease, not a design.

Even the historic preservationists fall victim to this. They'll sacrifice their own credibility and lots of tax revenues to "save" the Reisz Building, then acquiesce without a murmur as HWC foists another faux street redesign on us, one that resembles what you'd expect to see at ... that's right, Disney World. 

The Kool-Aid is very strong, and evidently they're very weak. 

From McMansion to McMain Street, by Michael Huston (CNU)

Like the McMansion, the McMain Street attempts to mimic the complex roof massing of many buildings in a single building. Here are ideas on better ways to preserve or create Main Street character.

So, don’t let your Main Street—or any street—turn in to a cartoon version of Main Street! Planners and designers that want to preserve—or create—the character of the traditional Main Street should be more attentive as to the way this goal is achieved. Consider these tips:

  • Whenever possible, develop with smaller lot increments (consider de-coupling parking to assist in this).
  • If small increments are not possible, show restraint in the number of breaks and the way they are articulated (more up and down, and less in and out).
  • Let hotels, banks, and other larger building types be expressed as single buildings with thoughtfully composed facades that more honestly reflect the true nature of the building type.
  • Keep in mind that facade designs that are viewed only in 2-dimensional elevation form can be deceptively complex when viewed in 3-dimensions from the angle of the street and sidewalk.
  • Postsript: A search for the term “McMain Street” turned up a similar definition in the Urban Dictionary as follows: “A new centrally planned shopping mall designed to look like a small town center but filled with big corporate chains.” In this article, the term is applied to any building that attempts to mimic multiple buildings within the structure of a single building.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

City Hall's staged Colonial Manor farce: It was INFORMATIONAL, you see, not COMMENTATIONAL. Deaf Gahan can't help it if voters don't know the lingo.

Last week's sadly shambolic City Hall charade on the topic of Colonial Manor's future proved a confusing, painful and infuriating experience for those community residents who hadn't previously witnessed the ridiculous extent to which power and money have gone straight to an erstwhile veneer salesman's head.

GREEN MOUSE SAYS: It's the Colonial Manor video Jeff Gahan didn't want you to see last night.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 20: Buying and selling a city? Our master list of 59 Gahan wheel-greasers is a pornographic potpourri of pay-to-play.

Numerous flabbergasted and angry social media conversations have taken place in the aftermath of the meeting. However this one may be the most unintentionally revealing of all. In it, a Gahan appointee and apologist is shocked ... SHOCKED that Dear Leader would ever squelch public opinion.

Oh, we see it clearly now. Clique semantics explain everything, don't they?

When Mayor-for-Life Jeff M. Gahan presents a public meeting, don't forget to consult the bureaucratic glossary to determine whether it's a public comment meeting or an informational meeting

Never mind that the glossary's city web site link probably is broken -- or maybe the link leads to the web sites of Clark Dietz, Jacobi Toombs and Lanz, HWC Engineering -- better yet, all three.

Okay, so it's informational versus public commentational, eh? Well, Jeff Gahan's elite insiders know the difference fairly well, don't they?

Conversely, regular folks living in the neighborhood near Colonial Manor evidently are so naive and pathetically unversed in Standard Gahanesque Gobbledygook that they thought Dear Leader might actually be interested in listening to them -- but it was an informational meeting, meaning the information originates at the top with unelected "fix-stays-in" committees, and then trickles down to the rest of us.

Not only that, but the trickle's about to become even more homogenized and cookie-cutter in nature. Note the timeline and methodology of the city's Colonial Manor development choices:
  • Caught by surprise by neighborhood activism, City Hall scrambles to regain control over Colonial Manor propaganda
  • An architect from TEG is hurriedly engaged and e-mailed boilerplate sections from the comprehensive plan and updated zoning code
  • Hastily produced proposals use these boilerplate sections to restrict the city's gaze to "what our codes stipulate," as though they were Biblical injunctions 
  • The future? The city's development "ideas" become increasingly center of the target for the sake of ease: minimum design expense and maximum monetization via the usual pay-to-play "contractual" suspects
Informational sessions versus public comment sessions?

Please, functionaries. Stop insulting the public's intelligence. Yes, we know you believe the grassroots hive mind cannot compete with City Hall's pathological need for top-down power, but New Albany has a genuinely meaningful public comment opportunity coming on May 7, and the informational cue is this:


GREEN MOUSE SAYS: Why is the New Albany Housing Authority buying commercial property at the dumping grounds downtown on State Street?

Situated between 150 parking spaces for a ballfield complex used only in warm weather (outlined in yellow) and State Street, which connects the downtown business district and the chain-filled mini-exurb by the interstate, are commercial properties that include a new Family Dollar (north), an older metal building once housing a beer wholesaler and later a fireworks peddler (south), as well as what used to be Lang Auto, inhabited for some years now by Denny Andres (Double A Properties, outlined in red).

To put it gently, Andres' stewardship of the property has been, well, widely questioned.

For several months it has been rumored that after countless years of talking a big game and doing nothing, City Hall would be purchasing Andres' properties. No mention was made of brown field remediation costs, but first things first. The Green Mouse glanced at the Elevate site a few weeks ago, and saw no changes. However, now there's an alteration, and it's a strange one.

We speak here of the wedge outlined in blue.

Andres' other Elevate listings show his Floyds Knobs home address, but this one doesn't.

300 Erni Avenue should be a familiar address to regular readers.

That's right: It's the New Albany Housing Authority, and a "Power to Grab Today" scratch sheet presumably lying atop Gauleiter Duggins' desk next to the moldering Arby's wrappers.

The Green Mouse can find no evidence indicating that Andres has donated to Gahan4Life for the privilege of playing, but maybe the bunker drain trust is taking no chances and hiring him to work at NAHA, as they did councilman Matt Nash.

Meanwhile, the two former Lang Auto properties are still shown as being owned by Andres.

It seems Andres already has a fall-back strategy at the former radiator shop on Vincennes. It's in his son's name, which may or may not be important.

There's an over-arching question of the sort newspaper reporters might ask during those rare idle moments between penning columns urging religious zealotry. In caps, so perhaps Chris Morris sees it:


GREEN MOUSE SAYS: Bet you didn't know NAHA owns these properties on two corners of Main and Vincennes. Why? 

How many other 2019 council candidates support restrictions on redevelopment commission activities?

Thanks to SW for this link, which dates back three years to a period when Carmel's city council was rolling back previous reforms aimed at taming an amok Redevelopment Commission.

All the themes here are not applicable to our own situation in New Albany, but some certainly are. I concur with the school of thought advocating a curtailment of Redevelopment Commission powers, greater city council control over vast sums of money currently being wielded by a clique of redevelopment cronies, and an enhancement of transparency for everyone involved.

Right now in New Albany, we don't have enough sunshine. Breaking a few comfy, entrenched strangleholds would help with that.


Carmel removes restrictions on redevelopment commission, by Chris Sikich (IndyStar; 4 Feb 2016)

The Carmel City Council continues to eliminate constraints previously placed on the mayor-controlled Carmel Redevelopment Commission.

Monday, the council unanimously removed a restriction that prevented its own members from serving and reappointed Jeff Worrell.

The restriction was a problem for Worrell. He has served on the commission since 2006 but was elected to the council in November and took office this year.

Worrell is one of five council members Mayor Jim Brainard supported financially in the May Republican primary, a move that swept a majority of candidates onto the council who support his vision for the city's future.

New council members have moved fast to validate Brainard's trust. On Jan. 4, they eliminated a restriction that the commission must seek approval for professional service contracts exceeding $25,000. The council on Jan. 18 eliminated a requirement that the council approve certain debt entered into by the redevelopment commission or its affiliates.

During the mayor's past two terms, the political landscape was different. Political opponents who controlled the City Council were growing increasingly concerned by 2010 that the mayor was using the redevelopment commission to enter into long-term debt without council oversight.

The mayor had been using the commission to bypass the council to financially back redevelopment projects, most notably construction related to The Center for the Performing Arts, City Center and the Arts & Design District.

In 2010, the council passed the restriction on its own members from serving on the commission, saying that doing so was a conflict of interest. Ron Carter, who was the commission's president, was booted off the body.

He is now the City Council president.

The council enacted the financial restrictions in 2012 after passing $195 million in bonds to bail out the commission when it could no longer pay both long-term obligations and ongoing operating costs.

Now that supporters of the mayor control both bodies, Carmel is moving forward with $242 million in bonds to build up to 32 new roundabouts and other infrastructure projects during the next three years.

Worrell said he is comfortable with the direction the redevelopment commission has taken in the past and believes in its mission for the future. He is president of Advantage Medical Rehab Equipment, helps organize the annual CarmelFest celebration and runs the website

He wants to use his experience to see current projects through their completion and to continue to build Carmel for the future.

"There has always been this discussion about transparency," Worrell said. "How much more transparent can you be if you have a representative who is on the City Council participating on the redevelopment commission who can then have some responsibility for making sure the council is aware of what is going on? I never understood the logic of it going the other direction."

Brainard said he wants the most qualified people to serve on the redevelopment commission and serving on the council should not be a disqualification. He also thinks the restrictions the council had passed on the commission were an overreach of authority.

In addition to reappointing Worrell, the council also reappointed Centier banking executive David Bowers to the five-member commission.

Brainard has reappointed Bill Brooks, chief operating officer emeritus of DWA Healthcare Communications Group, and Bill Hammer, a vice president at Simon Property Group, and will appoint Henry Mestetsky, a lawyer with Bingham Greenebaum Doll. He will replace Bob Dalzell, a Wells Fargo financial adviser.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Watch mayoral candidate David White's video series: "State of the City of New Albany."

I'm delighted to have been asked to help moderate this series of videos from mayoral candidate David White (along with Bill Grover). Following are the first three episodes, with more to follow.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

GREEN MOUSE SAYS: Bet you didn't know NAHA owns these properties on two corners of Main and Vincennes. Why?

Here's a "wowzer" for a sunny Saturday morning.

As of December of 2018, Gauleiter David Duggins' personal bulldozer-branded New Albany Housing Authority fiefdom (NAHA) now owns these two "gateway" properties at the corner of Main and Vincennes.

As yet it is isn't clear what these acquisitions mean. If you know, please let us in on the cocktail napkin scribblings from the booth at the Roadhouse.

As a preface to these documents, it should be known that the former Supreme Oil property on the west side of Vincennes, which during recent years was doing business as a car sales lot, actually comprises three lots joined together and valued separately, with a combined valuation of $123,000.

From the looks of it, Matt McMahan's flips were both artful and lucrative, less so for the taxpayer-funded NAHA, although we certainly cannot fault Matt for heeding Duggins' gently persuasive cooing amid our (somewhat) free market economy.

However, there are at least two cautionary flags in all this.

First, we know for a fact that when Duggins was at Redevelopment, he differed with Matt's use of the Supreme Oil property as a used car lot and constantly spoke of the importance of these "gateway" properties as connected with the Main Street project's excessive beautification expenditures.

Notorious D may finally taken control of properties he always coveted, but he's at NAHA now and not Redevelopment, and because NAHA's ostensible purpose is to be of assistance to humans, as opposed to profits, any business NAHA transacts with folks who own lots of houses, especially considering Duggins' own personal record and the mayor's support of voucher housing, needs to be subjected to intense scrutiny.

Paging the News and Tribune? Sorry, their Nawbany guy's up in a patriarchal pulpit yammering about abortion, and can't be bothered to cover the real world like we're doing here. 

Second, and the real point: So, why is NAHA buying these de facto "gateway" properties at the corner of beautified Main Street and Vincennes, viewed by City Hall as the next corridor to be made inhabitable by the beautiful people? Probably because the city-subsidized (and Gahan donating) Lancaster Lofts project remains on the drawing board only a block away.

How many buildings in this vicinity are owned by Neace Ventures, anyway?

These transactions aren't taking place in the sunshine, and they're not passing the smell test. Would NAHA's colonial administrators be interested in commenting? We know the newspaper won't ask.


GREEN MOUSE SAYS: The My Scratch & Dent building has not changed ownership -- at least yet, but Loop Island luxury might depend on it.

The Green Mouse awoke to a tip.

Here is something for the Green Mouse to look into. Rumor has it the My Scratch & Dent property on Silver Street recently was bought by the company who built the Breakwater.

That'd be Flaherty and Collins out of Indianapolis, and this rumor almost surely reflects tangible back-alley spitballing on the part of forever secretive Team Gahan operatives and profit-seeking companies located elsewhere.

However, as of this precise moment the My Scratch & Dent property and the one immediately to the east of it (outlined in blue above) are owned by a company called Nickelin LLC.

You'll see that Nickelin LLC is Joe Zeller; Zeller owns Tiger Trucking, and uses these two properties for truck parking and all-purpose filth distribution.

2015 photo.

On the one hand, Tiger Trucking is no fan of Gahan's; on the other, everyone has their price. It appears that Nickelin LLC purchased these two properties in 2004 for $2.4 million. It's hard to imagine Flaherty and Collins, or any other well-heeled developers, buying these on their own dime. Tax Increment Financing? That's another story, even before the sewer tap-in waiver gifting.

To complete the overview, here are a few seemingly random news items from the past few years.

1. Mayor Gahan seizes the New Albany Housing Authority and includes NAHA's Riverside Terrace apartments -- the housing authority's newest and best units, outlined in yellow above -- on the wish-to-demolish list, confusing even Ben Carson, whose HUD agency wags a prohibitive finger.

2. After long, grinding years of 2:00 a.m. phone calls and drunk texting, the Horseshoe Foundation agrees to give Gahan a few million bucks if he'd just stop harassing it. Part of the lucre goes toward purchasing the Loop Island Wetlands (outlined in red) to be the next crown jewel for the city's quality-of-life, loss-leading parks system.

3. Taking control of the wetlands property, city officials conclude (connive?) that the major impediment to luxury development is the historic brick Moser Tannery building, which would be cost-ineffective to renovate by the matchstick 'n' sheet rock developers of the contemporary. With the city's historic preservationist contingent distracted and bedazzled by the ongoing Reisz Mahal high end city hall project, Moser Tannery doesn't stand a chance, and conveniently is torched -- presumably by the very same homeless people Gahan claims don't exist in his city. One of them probably is named Dmitrov.

4. Clark County finally succeeds in completing the bridge over Silver Creek, connecting the Ohio River Greenway to Clarksville and Jeffersonville, and enhancing the value of every projected "luxury" development in the vicinity.

Nothing against My Scratch & Dent, where we've shopped in the past, but quite obviously Nickelin's/Zeller's two poorly maintained properties are the next barrier to Gahan's skin-deep dreams of Loop Island opulence, as the Moser Tannery and NAHA's building were before this. The tannery is dust; give him another term, and he'll probably come up with a work-around to displace the Riverside Terrace occupants.

Or, conversely, you can #FireGahan2019 and restore a modicum of sanity to the existing megalomania and power trips. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Gang of Five in Cincy: "Citizens expect that when there's a city council meeting, that's when matters should be addressed and actions taken."

It's a "secret" texting and e-mailing scandal in Cincinnati, and since Democrats were the offenders, NA Confidential thrust out to local party chairman Adam "Tricky" Dickey for a comment. 

Well, there you have it: DemoDisneyDixiecrats supporting local independent business instead of far-off corporate calling plans. It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling -- or maybe that's the Mezcal.

Judge: ’Gang of Five’ city council members should resign, by Jennifer Edwards Baker (Cincinnati FOX19)

A Hamilton County judge tore into Cincinnati City Council’s “Gang of Five” Thursday, saying they violated the public trust and should quit.

“You essentially lied to the people of this city,” Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman told them. “The people of the city thought that when you had a city council meeting that, in fact, was the city council meeting. But, in reality, it was a charade. It was smoke and mirrors. It wasn’t the real meeting. The real business was being handled through these emails and texts.

"So, the judge continued, “you really lied to the citizens and the importance of that point is you’ve lost the trust, not only of your other fellow council members, who you really need to apologize to in addition to the citizens of this city you need to apologize to, you lost their trust.”

“But you’ve also lost the trust of the citizens of the city and it takes a long time to get trust back. when you commit an act like this, when you’re essentially lying and being dishonest and conducting business on the side in clear violation of the Sunshine Law, the trust is gone. It is going to take along time to get that trust back. But more important, it’s the institution, it’s the institution of city council. It’s going to take a long time, it hurt that institution. It’s going to take a long time to get that trust back.”

All “Gang of Five” council members were in the courtroom during the brief hearing: P.G. Sittenfeld, Chris Seelbach, Wendell Young, Tamaya Dennard and Greg Landsman.

They did not speak and sat in the courtroom audience. Attorneys for the city and the anti-tax activist who sued for their secret text messages sat at tables before the judge ...

Bryce Harper? Please. What instrument does HE play? We've got Teddy Abrams for another five years.

The rest of you can prattle on about your basketball coaches while I yawn and fire up the gramophone -- because here's a genuinely important contract extension.


Louisville, KY (3.20.2019)… The Louisville Orchestra Board of Directors, together with CEO, Robert Massey, are pleased to announce an unprecedented 5-year contract to extend the term of Teddy Abrams as Music Director. This extension from the usual 3-year contract renewal shows the organization’s confidence in the artistic direction and creative vision of the young conductor.

“We’re thrilled to make this extraordinary commitment to engaging Teddy until the 2024-2025 Season. His vision for the renaissance of the arts for our orchestra and our community is unique in the world,“ says John P. Malloy, President of the LO Board of Directors.

Abrams was named Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra in 2014, the youngest conductor ever named to that position with a major orchestra. He’s become a popular figure throughout Louisville while developing a national reputation for innovation and community building.

Since stepping onto the Louisville Orchestra podium, Abrams has built an impressive list of accomplishments including the release of “All In,” the LO’s first album in nearly 30 years, which reached #1 on the Classical Billboard chart. He has re-invigorated the orchestra’s historic leadership in commissioning new works and presenting world premieres. His own award-winning compositions have brought a diverse new audience to the Louisville Orchestra including The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, Unified Field, Kentucky Royal Fanfare (which was performed for Charles, Prince of Wales) and others. One of his first priorities was establishing a new concert series that took the orchestra into Louisville neighborhoods for performances in the Music Without Borders Series to expand the orchestra’s community impact. He also launched a 2-concert “Festival of American Music,” a musical challenge to audiences to expand the definition of concert music through an exploration of the American influences on the music of all genres.

Artistic collaboration has become a focus for Abrams’s work. Several of his most notable collaborators have been indie-rocker Jim James, Grammy-Award winning fiddler Michael Cleveland, folk singer-songwriter Will “Bonnie Prince Billy” Oldham, choreographers Adam Hoagland and Andrea Schermoly, filmmakers Dennis Scholl and Owsley Brown III, and many more. Abrams’s efforts to bring the Louisville arts community into collaborative projects have resulted in exceptional performances featuring individuals and local organizations including Louisville Ballet, University of Louisville musicians from the choral and jazz programs, artists from the Kentucky College of Art and Design, independent local artists such as rapper Jecorey “1200” Arthur, folk fiddler Scott Moore, folk cellist Ben Sollee, jazz singer Carly Johnson and others.

A passionate advocate for music education and mentoring, Abrams regularly conducts in-school masterclasses at middle and high schools, launched a select program to personally support serious high school students in their music pursuits, revitalized the Louisville Orchestra’s 78-year-old MakingMUSIC program of education concerts for elementary school children, crafted a recycling-creativity project for youngsters to make musical instruments from “trash” known as “Landfill Orchestra,” and is currently working with the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization (dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts) to mentor two talented young conductors.

In addition to his activities as Music Director for the Louisville Orchestra, Abrams is Music Director for the Britt Festival, a summer concert series based in Jacksonville, Oregon. He is in demand as a guest conductor and has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the National Orchestra, and the orchestras in Houston, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Colorado, Phoenix and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He served as assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2012 to 2014. From 2008 to 2011, Abrams was the Conducting Fellow and Assistant Conductor of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, serving under his long-time mentor Michael Tilson Thomas.

An accomplished pianist and clarinetist, Abrams has appeared as soloist in Louisville and across the country. He also collaborates with a wide variety of musicians as keyboardist for both classical, indie-rock and pop concerts. He has held residencies at the La Mortella music festival in Ischia, Italy, and at the American Academy in Berlin. Abrams is a proud alumnus of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a bachelor of music degree, having studied piano with Paul Hersh.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 20: Buying and selling a city? Our master list of 59 Gahan wheel-greasers is a pornographic potpourri of pay-to-play.

Previously: The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 19: Department heads, insurance peddlers, duffers and a few other odds and ends from Gahan's long and winding money trail.

We've been plumbing the depths revealed amid eight years of the Committee to Elect Gahan's CFA-4 campaign finance reports. It's been a month since our detailed examination of Mayor Jeff Gahan's eight-year campaign finance bounty began, and I'm happy to announce my gag reflex has been tamed by the sheer numbness of repetition.

The funny thing is I continue to stumble upon convergences. Nearing the conclusion of this master list, I realized that AB & E Consulting LLC's money ($2,500) hadn't been followed.

Right there it was, just seconds away on Google -- and another back-alley way for HWC's Ed Jolliffe to give Jeff Gahan a few thousand more dollars.

Let's repeat some numbers. With a slightly above average fundraising year in 2019 for Big Daddy G, he'll pass the $500,000 mark in donations since running for mayor. Given his success in 2015, reaching this milestone should be as easy as looting a TIF area.

2011: $56,515
2012: $16,575
2013: $30,350
2014: $58,795
2015: $103,532
2016: $51,799
2017: $56,225
2018: $64,250

Total: $438,041

Yearly average: $54,755 and change, and Gahan began 2019 with $128,000 cash on hand. It boggles the mind.

Without further introduction, here's the lowdown on Gahan's $1,000+ donors, with donor companies and their individual donating components being grouped as efficiently as possible. I've probably missed one or two, and remember, this entire list takes into account legal, recorded donations. Fish bowls, fruit baskets and Keeneland handshakes are not included.


Clark Dietz and CD PAC
Out of town
Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, Jorge Lanz, BHL Properties
Out of town
HWC Engineering via Ed Jolliffe, Terry Baker, CRS Marketing and AB & E Consulting
Out of town

→ $97,625 -- 23% of Gahan's total take since 2011


John Neace (Neace Ventures, AllTerrain Paving)
New Albany resident
Beam, Longest and Neff
Out of town
United Consulting (including owners and employees)
Out of town

GM Development, Greg Martz
Out of Town
Cripe Architects via William H. Stinson, Citizens for Excellence in Government PAC
Out of town
Axis Architecture and Interiors
Out of Town
Stephen Triplett (AllTerrain Paving) 
New Albany resident and business 
Denton Floyd Development, DF Property Holdings, Adam Denton
Out of town
M Fine. Reisz City Hall projects
Frost Brown Todd
Out of town

→ $120,400 -- 27% of Gahan's total take since 2011

$5,000 - $9,999 SILVER LEVEL GAHAN DONORS (14)

Lemor Dowell, New Albany Heating & Cooling
New Albany resident and business
Edward and Dana Culpepper Cooper, Culpepper Group
Out of town
HMB Professional Engineers (Brad Meyer)
Out of town
Terry Ginkins, TA Ginkins Construction
New Albany resident and business
Faegre Baker Daniels
Out of town
Bennett’s Towing
New Albany business
Wheeler’s Towing
New Albany business
American Structurepoint and DPBG Political Action Committee
Out of town
Dennis Wesley Co Inc (includes Chris Coyle, a Wesley owner)
Out of town
Lochmueller Group, Dean Boerste
Out of town
Jeff Eastridge (CCE)
New Albany resident and business
David and Karen Wood
Out of town
(Stan) Robison Law Office
New Albany resident and business
Wayne Estopinol
Out of town

→ $96,320 -- 22% of Gahan's total take since 2011


* denotes out of town donors

*EchTech/Robert Lee/Bryan Slade $4,050
*(Paul) Wheatley Group $4,000

*Barnes & Thornburg $3,550
*Adam U. Kahn $3,500
*Pro4mance Contracting Services $3,500
David Duggins $3,146
*Governmental Appraisal Services $3,000

*Sanjay Patel/VS Engineering $2,750
*Indiana Economic Growth PAC $2,500
Linda Moeller $2,398
Hubert Rockey/Dock Seafood $2,300
*Flaherty & Collins $2,250
William Todd Bailey $2,000
Byrne’s Garage $2,000
*Martin S. Dezelan/Arthur Gallagher Co $2,000
*Indiana State Ironworkers Action Committee $2,000
*Int’l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers & PAC $2,000

*Bingham Greenebaum Doll $1,900
Laborer’s Intl Union of New Albany $1,900
Edward J. Wilkinson $1,860
Patricia Tarpley Harrison $1,810
*GRW Engineers $1,600
Land Design Systems (Josh Williams) 1,500
Amy Letke/Integrity HR $1,500
Steve Bonifer $1,215
Pam & Pat Kelley $1,200
*Jonathon “Wienzapple” Weinzapfel $1,150
Warren Nash $1,049

Cheryl Cotner Bailey $1,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #502 $1,000
Specialty Earth Sciences $1,000
*Wessler Engineering $1,000
*Kelly Zullo $1,000

→ $68,628 -- 16% of Gahan's total take since 2011

These 59 donors/groupings have accounted for 88% of Gahan's $438,041 total.

Of the 26 donors and donor groups tithing $5,000 or more to Gahan since 2011, 18 are from out of town, and only 8 from inside city limits. Collectively they account for 72% of the campaign finance dollars Gahan has collected, and I defy readers to point to single one who has not benefited "contractually" from the joy of giving.

These 18 (of 26) top donors from elsewhere gave $243,620 to Gahan, or 56% of his total. Think of the millions of dollars that bounced back their way to take back home, even as Gahan's minions composed yet another press release testifying to the innate genius of the humble veneer peddler.

Of the 33 donors offering between $1,000 and $4,999, 17 come from elsewhere and 16 are homegrown -- but the 17 outsiders total $41,750 in donations, or 61%.

The conclusion is clear.

We still need YOUR help documenting our ruling elite's #CultureOfCorruption. Tell me about your experiences with the Jeff Gahan Money Machine, and together we can pull back the curtain and reveal the truth behind the propaganda -- and make absolutely no mistake, because that's exactly what Gahanism is, pure propaganda masking pervasive sleaze. Confidentiality is assured. Write me. Thank you.

The series link recap:

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 1: Mysterious CRS Marketing and the inevitable HWC Engineering tie-in.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 2: Of fire stations, amphitheater studies and Axis Architecture and Interiors of Indianapolis.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 3: Eight-year donor Terry Ginkins and a consistency of beak-wetting.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 4: The Estopinol Group and Cripe Architects are just two facets of River Run Waterpark's fertilizing effect.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 5: In 2019, Gahan will pass the half million dollar mark in campaign fundraising since 2011.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 6: GM Development, yet another economic development consultancy from afar.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 7: Jacobi, Toombs & Lanz, or the anatomy of $33,225 "Big Daddy Dollars" since 2011.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 8: Our towing and recovery companies offer their tithes to Dear Leader.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 9: These west end properties and their ultimate redevelopment surely comprise a rich, albeit tangled, source of campaign finance extractions for our Genius of the Flood Plain.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 10: Oh Cripe! Or, the path from Al "Indy" Oak's company PAC leads to Silver Street Park and Breakwater, and probably others.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 11: Lawyers from afar, expressing gratitude to Jeff Gahan for their billable hours -- and the curious case of Stan Robison.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 12: Madam I'm Adam, or the way HMB's Dickey brokers power and channels his party's beak wetting.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 13: United Consulting Engineers rocks Deaf Gahan like a hurricane.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 14: Kentucky-based GRW Engineers and the subtle art of the $200 out-of-state handshake.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 15: Beam, Longest and Neff -- they're why Jeff Gahan is HERE and awash in cash, 16,500 times over.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 16: Last week's minutes from the Board of Public Works and Safety reveal big donors daintily lapping their gravy.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 17: Denton-Floyd feels M(ighty) Fine -- and the resulting Reisz Krispies Treats never tasted better to Mayor Gahan.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 18: Clark Dietz, CD PAC top Gahan's "Quality of Distant Corporate Donors" chart.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 19: Department heads, insurance peddlers, duffers and a few other odds and ends from Gahan's long and winding money trail.

BEER WITH A SOCIALIST: Don't forget tomorrow's Bock History lesson at Pints&union with Kevin Gibson and Paulaner Salvator.

As a reminder, Saturday afternoon is the launch of our history & beer "lecture" series.


Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Our good friend Kevin Gibson, who you know as a writer, musician and beer, joins us for a refresher course on Bock. In the heyday of pre-Prohibition brewing in Louisville, the annual spring Bock beer release was a beloved seasonal event in the German-American community.

On tap we'll have one of the Old World's greats, Paulaner Salvator from Munich.

Our brewing history begins with this beer. And the history of strong beer in Bavaria – it was the Paulaner monks who invented this bottom-fermenting double bock. We have been brewing the Salvator for over 375 years – always according to the original recipe, which has been continuously refined over the years. The head is the colour of caramel and the beer is chestnut brown, combined with a seductive flavour of chocolate to give a pleasing intensity on the palate. Along with this comes the finest Munich malt, rounded off by a light note of hops in the background. Often imitated but never duplicated: The father of all double bock beers, whose names always end in “-ator”!

INGREDIENTS: Water, hops, malt

HOP VARIETES: Herkules, Hallertauer Tradition

MALT VARIETES: Pilsner malt(light barley malt), Munich Malt (dark barley malt)

I'll be saying a few words about Bock as a beer style, while Kevin will focus on the way Bock's annual springtime arrival in cities like Louisville was a cause for celebration.

As a side note, congratulations to Kevin for his full-time gig at Insider Louisville.

You’ve read his reviews and profiles (and maybe a few of his books), so you are undoubtedly familiar with the work of Kevin Gibson. Insider Louisville is pleased to announce that we have hired him — again.

Kevin first started writing for Insider in late 2013 as a freelancer doing food reviews and random stories and assignments. He became a part-time employee in 2014 for a year. He kept writing as a freelancer continuously afterward, from spring 2015 until this March.

As a full-time reporter, Kevin will tackle the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development.

Come by tomorrow, have a pint and chat.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

With Duggins' NAHA command bunker silent throughout, city council attorney Stein answers the question about public housing residents and political signs.

City council Democrats remain comatose, but we have an answer to a question that arose a month ago.

For background, first this on February 22.

Do New Albany Housing Authority residents enjoy freedom of speech as it pertains to political campaign yard signs?

The Green Mouse has learned that earlier this week a resident at the New Albany Housing Authority planted a David White for Mayor yard sign in his yard.

It wasn't as big as this one, but still.

Then this on February 23.

Political yard signs at NAHA? As DemoDisneyDixieDickeycrats doze, Al Knable seeks an answer.

Once again, Knable takes the first step on an issue pertaining to human rights and freedoms.

It isn't known whether noted human rights campaigner Greg Phipps had anything to say on Thursday about free speech on the New Albany Housing Authority campus, or if he was joined in his concerns by fellow Democrats Bob Caesar, Pat McLaughlin and Matt Nash.

Then again, not one of them has had the first coherent thing to say about NAHA since the inception of Jeff Gahan's hostile takeover of public housing in 2017.

At tonight's council meeting, Knable returned to the topic and queried council attorney Amy Stein, who revealed the results of her research: NAHA has the legal ability to decree that signs in common areas are either allowed, or not allowed. NAHA cannot allow some and prohibit others. However, as it pertains specifically to political signs, the private space of NAHA residents trumps the commons, and NAHA cannot prevent residents from placing political signs in their windows.

The same question was submitted to the Human Rights Commission, and it isn't clear whether it will or won't discuss the issue at the HRC's next meeting.

Thanks to Knable and Stein for their diligence.

The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 19: Department heads, insurance peddlers, duffers and a few other odds and ends from Gahan's long and winding money trail.

Previously: The Jeff Gahan Money Machine, Part 18: Clark Dietz, CD PAC top Gahan's "Quality of Distant Corporate Donors" chart.

Some people scuba dive, but during the coming weeks we'll be plumbing the depths revealed amid eight years of the Committee to Elect Gahan's CFA-4 campaign finance reports. Strap in, folks -- and don't forget those air(head) sickness bags.

A few thousand dollars here, a few more there ... fish bowl at the fundraiser, manila envelope under the mattress ... multiply the bounty by eight lucrative annual fundraising cycles ... and pretty soon, we're talking about real money.

The heavy hitters have been revealed. Here are six mid-range donors, their cumulative totals, and a pleasant golfing digression.

Lemor Dowell, New Albany Heating & Cooling
New Albany resident and business
Longtime Democratic Party fundraiser, shadowy back alley eminence grise with a given name impossible for the campaign treasurer to spell correctly on a consistent basis.
Total: $9,200

Edward and Dana Culpepper Cooper, Culpepper Group
Out of towners
Insurance and all-purpose local notoriety (formerly of Maverick, yet another Neace Lukens connection)
Total: $8,600

Lochmueller Group, Dean Boerste
Out of towners
Evansville-based engineering and wastewater consultants. The fiefdom of Dean Boerste, described to the Green Mouse as "the Warren Nash of Tell City." Ouch.
Total: $5,750

David and Karen Wood
Out of towners
Ambiguous financial planners in Louisville. Perhaps Big Daddy G needs a retirement savings plan for all of Clark Dietz PAC's and HWC's easy money.
Total: $5,500
Ecotech (Robert E. Lee and Bryan Slade)
Out of towners
Garbage collection and purported recycling.
Total: $4,050 in nine installments over the years

Ironically, at the Covered Bridge Golf Course web site there's a testimonial by Ecotech's Bryan Slade about the great success of a corporate golf outing. In 2015 both Robert Iezzi (Covered Bridge CEO) and the legendary Frank Urban "Fuzzy" Zoeller Jr. dropped $400 into the GahAnTM -- and also in 2015, with Gahan having surreptitiously funded a renovation for Valley View Golf Course, Laurie Kraft of Valley View handed back $650 to the mayor. Golfing combined total: $1,050.

And not to omit our good friends at Flaherty & Collins
Out of towners
Indy-based nationwide developers of apartments; with the help of Gahan's TIF subsidies and sewer tap-in waivers, Flaherty and Collins built the Breakwater -- twice.
Total: $2,250


You may have been wondering about unions, a traditional source of funding for Democratic candidates. There have been a few union donations to Gahan, most of them made during 2011 and 2012, and the most recent in 2015. It's a relatively paltry sum, leading observers to speculate just how helpful Gahan's "economic boom" has been for unions.

Perhaps the mayor's current efforts to squelch unionization at the wastewater treatment plant are a more accurate barometer of his (un)helpfulness to working people.

  • Carpenter’s Union 12-10 United Brotherhood Local 613
  • Int’l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers & PAC
  • Indiana State Building & Construction Trades Council Legislative Fund
  • Indiana UAW SAC Joint
  • General Drivers, Warehousemen & Helpers #89
  • Laborer’s Intl Union of New Albany
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 502
Total: $6,350


The single biggest personal contribution from someone who remains untraceable is $3,500 from Adam U. Kahn in 2014. Nothing before or since.

We have absolutely know idea who he is or why a guy from New York City would give this much money to a hack politician from New Albany.


It should be obvious by now that nepotism is a huge part of New Albany politics during Our Time of Extractive Gahanism. As such, donor roles sometimes overlap and become intertwined, as with the family members of a son-in-law appointed to a city job, the brother-in-law assigned to a board, and so on.

Just the same, here are two lists of people who work for Gahan and also give to Gahan. They're the ones who'd prefer all paradigms remain static.

First, the department heads, appointees, board members and various other higher-ups.

Terry Ginkins ... NAHA board member 8,525

(Stan) Robison Law Office ... City Attorney 5,250

David Duggins ... Redevelopment/New Albany Housing Authority 3,146

Linda Moeller ... Controller 2,398
William Todd Bailey ... Police Chief 2,000

Edward J. Wilkinson ... Sewer Board 1,860
Shane Gibson ... City Attorney 1,295
Steve Bonifer ... City-County Bldg board 1,215
Warren Nash ... Party goon, Board of Works 1,049
Cheryl Cotner (Bailey) ... Board of Works, mayoral secretary 1,000

Carl Malysz ... (Ex) economic development 700
Bob Norwood ... NAHA board member 350
John Brinkworth (Ex) sewer board 300
Matthew Juliot ... Fire chief 300
Scott Wood ... Planning & zoning 300
Michael Hall ... Non-communications stifler 250
Nathan Grimes ... Sewer board member 200
Joshua Staten ... Redevelopment director 150
Tonya Fischer ... Economic development 100
Alicia Meredith ... Parks Director 100
John Rosenbarger ... Planning & zoning 100
Anthony Toran ... NAHA appointee 100

Total: $30,768

Then, a handful of rank-and file; most of them are police and fire. I've combined them, and may have missed one or two: Seven donors, 11 separate donations over an 8-year period.

Total: $2,625


The preceding may seem like small totals compared with the bigger corporate donors, and yet in this installment we see just shy of $80,000 in donations, or $18% of Gahan's $438,000 from 2011-2018.

Coming next in Part 20, a summary. Then we move to the expenditures side of the ledger.


Rebuttals are welcome and will be published unaltered -- so don't forget spellcheck. If you have supplementary information to offer about any of this, please let us know and we'll update the page. The preceding was gleaned entirely from public records, with the addresses of "individuals" removed.