If the following statement doesn't make you sit back, nothing will:
Since 2008, Ballard has received nearly $1 million in free sports tickets. Shouldn’t he have to report somewhere that he received those tickets as well as their value?Wow ! I knew he got tickets, but that's a load of tickets. If Mahern's figures are over 5 1/2 years, that's $181,000 a year in TICKETS. A lot of feting can be done with that budget, and none of it has to come from Ballard's campaign coffers.
Still the public has a right to know this and it should have to be disclosed on Ballard's annual "Statement of Economic Interest" form (aka 'conflict of interest' form). Here is the meaty part of his disclosure from 2013 gifts:
Except for Campaign Donations, Subject to IC 3-9-2 and Reported in Accordance With Law or Gifts From Persons Including Family Members With Whom You Have an On-Going Social Relationship Not Related to Service on the Council Which are not Subject to Reporting on this Form, Did You Receive any Gifts, or Other Items, Valued Over $100, or in the Aggregate Over $250, in the Prior Year From any Person or Firm that Does Business With or Seeks to do Business with the City or County or Which Seeks to Influence Council Action?
Make no mistake: Ballard and Lewis are powerful officials whose friendship the Colts, Pacers and private contractors crave.Exactly.
What are the gifts? What is their value? Who are the donors? Is it so hard?