Some people climb mountains, but during the coming weeks we’ll be plucking highlights from 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.
Last year the local activist Aaron Fairbanks, who is running for city council in 2019 in Jeffersonville, was doing research on campaign finance in the run-up to the 2018 elections. Denton-Floyd Development came into the rear-view mirror.
September 7, 2017: The News and Tribune reported that Denton-Floyd Development received a $2.5 million state tax credit, matched by the City of New Albany to begin construction on an estimated $15 million “new senior living facility going into the former M. Fine & Sons shirt factory in New Albany.”
September 14, 2017: Mayor Jeff Gahan received $3,000 from Denton-Floyd Development more than two years before the next mayoral election.
This is what it looks like when your tax dollars at work are spent buying an election without your consent.
Why, yes — it does look like that. Here’s the line item from 2017, when Gahan pulled in a whopping $56,225 from “friends” just like Denton-Floyd.
About a month later, still in 2017, Denton Floyd graciously treated former redevelopment chieftain David Duggins to a relaxing day with hired “models” and Miller Lite at Keeneland and a Louisville City soccer match.
By then, Denton Floyd was engaged in top secret, cloak and dagger negotiations to transform a “neglected” building into a luxury city hall.
Yesterday, the Green Mouse was told that during an earlier conversation about the Reisz conversion, David Barksdale was asked if there was a point beyond which saving the building would no longer be financially feasible.
How much is too much?
“Whatever it takes,” was Barksdale’s reply.
The back alleys swarmed with preying mantises in suits.
The redevelopment commission surreptitiously gifted the Reisz’s purchase price of $390,000 to the city’s preferred contractor Denton Floyd — by sheer coincidence a firm frequently contributing to Gahan’s campaign war chest — which duly passed the money to the Reisz building’s owner, who as Gahan himself concedes, rendered it dilapidated in the first place.
Now it’s 2019, and the Reisz Mahal is set to become a central campaign prop for Gahan as he seeks re-enthronement. Expect the construction work to escalate; just imagine those delightful phone calls to Denton-Floyd if progress again slows as it did in December 2018 and January 2019.
GREEN MOUSE SAYS: Just $400k in mechanics’ liens involving Denton Floyd and the Mansion on Main. Whither the Reisz Mahal?
Here’s the breakdown. Among other observers, David Barksdale no doubt approves of this bounty; after all, it’s “whatever it takes” to rescue heroic municipal workers chained to their desks, suffering from inhumane working conditions. Those damned Republicans in county government!
(wait … isn’t Barksdale a Republican, too?)
Adam B. Denton DF Development 3,000
DF Development/M Fine Construction 3,000
DF Property Holdings 4,000
If we all work together, we can #FireGahan2019
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.