As the half-million dollar mark draws near, Jeff Gahan undoubtedly has too much money, power and control. It’s time to decentralize and #FireGahan2019


Updated with Gahan’s 2019 first quarter windfall: Gahan’s first quarter CFA-4 has been filed, and it’s another massive, quivering edifice of pay-to-play cash.

The first quarter CFA-4 receipts and expenditures reports are being filed, and soon we’ll see how many dollars Jeff Gahan has added to the Crusade for Himself tote board.

My guess would be $20-30k for the period beginning January 1 to the present, lifting his total within HWC-tithing distance of the half-million mark in career love offerings.

Regular folks looking at all this money have simple questions.

  • Why does a mayor of a city of 38,000 need all this money?
  • Isn’t Jeff Gahan already bringing in $100k annually in salaries?
  • Why are all those companies doing business with the city giving Gahan all this money?
  • What about the under-the-table money Gahan HASN’T reported?
  • Doesn’t absolute power (and control) still corrupt absolutely — especially with so much money?

They’re very good questions, and to date neither Gahan nor a single soul among his sycophantic minions has so much as attempted to answer them.

Conversely, David White has stated openly and clearly that he will not accept donations like these from companies seeking favorable consideration from City Hall. In addition, White has vowed to be open and transparent about all such matters (a marked contrast with Gahan), and has stated that he won’t hire in-laws and family members (as Gahan did with son-in-law Chris Gardner).

Earlier this year NAC’s 20-part series detailed Gahan’s receipts these past nine years. The News and Tribune couldn’t care less, as it profits from Gahan’s advertising buys. But I believe that voters are perfectly capable of doing the math, and resolving to #FireGahan2019

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.

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.

Democratic mayoral candidate David White understands that change begins with a whole lotta scrubbing, and NA Confidential advocates just such a deep civic cleansing. 

After eight years on the job, Mayor Jeff Gahan’s list of stunning “achievements” is long, indeed: tax increasesbudgetary hide ‘n’ seekself-deificationdaily hypocrisy, public housing takeovernon-transparencypay-to-play for no-bid contracts, bullying city residents and bullying city employees. Eight years is enough. It’s time to drain Gahan’s swamp, flush his ruling clique and take this city back from Gahan’s Indy-based special interest donors. 

NA Confidential supports David White for Mayor in the Democratic Party primary, with voting now through May 7