So far in 2019, aspiring mayor-for-life Jeff Gahan has raised close to $150,000, combined it with cash on hand in excess of $100,000, and spent more than $200,000 of the total — and as he’s fond of reminding us, he’s not finished yet.
All this so Gahan can continue his enlightened, selfless administration of a city of 36,000, one with negligible population growth, and with increases in the poverty rate and concentrated poverty rate; few new jobs offering anywhere close to a living wage; but more than 100 new city employees, lots of bread and circuses, and a huge increase in public indebtedness “engineered” by Gahan to convince those few who are doing well that he is a benevolent dictator.
After all, their grandchildren can figure out how to pay the deferred bills.
Gahanism is a bizarre delusion abetted by the unchecked consumption of Kool Aid and Rice Krispies Treats, but the following numbers are purely factual.
They’re cumulative Gahan campaign finance haul totals for 2019, to be appended to the numbers quoted in this link (valid through 2018). I’ll release an updated list later in the week.
Yes, there are the occasional small donation going toward the perpetuation of Jeff Gahan’s personality cult, but not many come from disinterested parties (translation: people who don’t work for the city and owe their positions to Gahan). They’re so numerically rare as to be non-existent.
I hate to be the one to burst pie-in-the-sky bubbles, but the following Top 30 donors are not writing checks to Dear Leader because they think the mayor is handsome or they trust his good nature to improve the lot of humanity. They’re doing it because there’ll be something coming back to them in return — and boy, does it ever.
If you’re comfortable with this, so be it, but for all our sake, can you stop being hypocritical about it?
* indicates more than $10,000 in donations since 2011
+ is a first-time donor
Sprigler Development Co. LLC (local developers; currently building the townhouses on Vincennes)
Jacob L. Brown (Marian Development Group, apparently working with Chad Sprigler on the Vincennes Street townhouses) +
Mitchell Green (HMB Professional Engineers; Adam “Tricky” Dickey’s no-bid employer) +
Infinity Homes & Development (suburban McMansion builder; its presence here is one of few mysteries) +
James Kemp (Kemp Law Office/Kemp Title/affiliated with Lancaster Lofts)
Robert E. Lee (EcoTech, the city’s sanitation contractor; total includes $1,500 from EcoTech)
Patricia Yount (of Lochmueller Group, wastewater consultants) +
Frost Brown PAC (no-bid contract-holding legal firm) *
Form G Companies (“land development” company from Jeffersonville) +
GM Development Co LLC (Indianapolis-based “consultant”) *
ProMedia (de facto city propaganda ministry and no-bid contractor) +
Colin Receveur (Mt. Tabor Road commercial property owner; this link should explain it) +
Christopher Stewart (from no-bid HMB Professional Engineers; Adam “Tricky” Dickey’s employer)
William E. Hall (United Consulting; no-bid consulting engineers)*
DF Development (Denton Floyd; M. Fine/Mansions on Main, and more recently the Reisz Mahal “extreme special contractor treatment” city hall project)
Lemor Dowell (Democratic Party financier and grandee, includes $650 from his company New Albany Heating & Air Conditioning) *
Beam Longest & Neff LLC (“consulting engineers and land surveyors” and recurring recipients of no-bid contracts) *
Fagre Baker Daniels LLP (no-bid legal firm) *
John Neace (former insurance mogul, now building a Southern Indiana wheeling and dealing empire via Neace Ventures) *
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 502 (a rare, huge union tithe, and the first from Local 502 since 2013)
Terry Baker (HWC Engineering — see Jolliffe — and CRS Marketing) *
Stephen Triplett (total includes a $650 donation from AllTerrain Paving; this is to be regarded as a Neace investment) *
Ohio Valley Properties of Kentuckiana (it’s a Jorge Lanz company, and why not? Lanz is one of Gahan’s best and most enduring big-money friends) +
Clark Dietz (CD) PAC (no-bid engineering contractors; with a narrow lead over Jacobi Toombs & Lanz and HWC Engineering, they’re Gahan’s biggest all-time donor)
Indiana Democratic Party (its first ever reported donation to Gahan in two massive installments, both coming in October) * +
In 2019, these 30 contributors have accounted for $131,550 out of the approximately $147,000 raised by Slick Jeffie.
Looking at these 30 donors with an liberal view of residency, perhaps 7 or 8 of them (but no more) reside or do primary business in New Albany.