Did the News Herald take dirty money?

Did the News Herald take dirty money?

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goose

Knoxville, TN

#1 Aug 10, 2012
The News Herald has been silent on the improper use of Lenoir City tax dollars to support a political action committee. Is it because the advertising dollars were spent with the NH?

What other reason could there be for not reporting this important information.... other than the usual excuses of poor journalism practices and cronyism with the folks at town hall?
Duck

Cookeville, TN

#2 Aug 10, 2012
Does anyone know if Ron Jordans wife works at the NEws Herald selling advertising?
Moose

Knoxville, TN

#3 Aug 11, 2012
So, the News Herald gets thousands of advertising dollars from a PAC supporting a referendum, then writes an editorial supporting the PAC referendum,

but get this

The News Herald never even ran a story explaining the issues related to the referendum or the fact that residents voted against the referendum in the past and that there was a qualified candidate on the ballot.

This is a disgrace.
Curious Moe

Cookeville, TN

#4 Aug 11, 2012
Hey Moose, how could the News Herald report on both sides of the issue when the paper never bothered to send reporters to the charter review meetings. The PAC carried out city halls marching orders with the help of the Newless Herald.
City Dweller

Knoxville, TN

#5 Aug 11, 2012
It is not legal for the city's politicians to give the peoples tax money to a political action committee aka PAC.
Either way it comes out this was a very bad decision and what looks like a very poor attempt to cover it up.
Nothing was said about the mailer that came in the mail to people who live in the city. I wondered about it when I got one.
Who paid for that?
Dirty Dogs

Lenoir City, TN

#6 Aug 11, 2012
Duck wrote:
Does anyone know if Ron Jordans wife works at the NEws Herald selling advertising?
Yes she does. How convenient is that. She sells her husband a few thousand dollars worth of ads for his non profit/PAC.

This thing stinks to high heaven.
Curious

Knoxville, TN

#7 Aug 11, 2012
Our tax dollars turned into PAC money. That's disgusting. Did the city budget committee not know our money was going to Committee of 100 or didnt know what it was going to pay for? Or both?
Facts Please

Knoxville, TN

#8 Aug 12, 2012
City politicos cannot give tax payer money to a Political Action Committee. The council and budget committee committed $5,000 to Committee of 100. No records have been found showing how this $5,000 got included in the budget,(who requested it, the purpose for which it was requested, financial statement from requester, any discussion or vote by the budget committee etc). All this information is required according to State Ethics in Finance requirements.
Committee of 100 has filed papers to qualify as a PAC and has spent what appears to be thousands to promote passing the two questions that were placed on the August 2nd election ballot regarding the extended term for the position of Mayor and for making the City Recorder /Treasurer position one that would be filled by appointment by the person chosen by the Council and Mayor instead of being elected by the voters.
Facts Please

Knoxville, TN

#9 Aug 12, 2012
Misappropriation (?) of taxpayer funds and failure to follow proper procedures in committing taxpayer funds to "non -profit" organizations that says it filed papers with the State to be considered a Political Action Committees so it could use its monies to promote political policies promoted by the very elected officials that committed the funds to the organization in the city budget.
Looks like total incompetence to me. Or was it a plan to misuse taxpayer funds from the beginning? Hopefully someone will get to the bottom of this story and tell us what is really going on here.
Tax Payer

Knoxville, TN

#10 Aug 13, 2012
I had issues with thins group of 100 years ago. You should try to get someone to give you a list of members. I was told one time there was no list of members. Then, I was told it was 100 important political and business leaders. Their membership is secret by invitation only.
LC Voter wants answers

Cookeville, TN

#11 Aug 13, 2012
What about Mayor Tony Aikens and what he said to the News Senitnel article about the two non-profits that ENDORSED" THE two charter changes?

"... According to Lenoir City Mayor Tony Aikens, the Recorder/Treasurer initiative has been endorsed by the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce and the Committee of 100, a local business organization." and

"Aikens said the purpose of the extended term is to provide continuity. The move to a four-year term would put the mayor's term in line with the four-year terms of city council members. The extension of the term has also been endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100 and the town's charter review committee, Aikens said."

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jul/16/leno...
Moose

Knoxville, TN

#12 Aug 13, 2012
LC Voter wants answers wrote:
What about Mayor Tony Aikens and what he said to the News Senitnel article about the two non-profits that ENDORSED" THE two charter changes?
"... According to Lenoir City Mayor Tony Aikens, the Recorder/Treasurer initiative has been endorsed by the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce and the Committee of 100, a local business organization." and
"Aikens said the purpose of the extended term is to provide continuity. The move to a four-year term would put the mayor's term in line with the four-year terms of city council members. The extension of the term has also been endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100 and the town's charter review committee, Aikens said."
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jul/16/leno...
I don't think there would be a problem with the non-profits endorsing the referendums except when they receive money from the city.
Billy the Kid

Cookeville, TN

#13 Aug 13, 2012
Sorry Moose its deeper than that, its called the IRS tax code... "For the sake of charitable or educational purposes, the Internal Revenue Service code (the U.S. Tax code) permits, under section 501(c)(3), certain organizations to be exempt from income tax. This includes churches and foundations. The cost of this tax-free status is that such groups may not engage in "politics." What this means exactly is spelled out in the IRS code.

Thats right Moose ... MAY NOT ENGAGAE IN POLITICS.
Conrad Birdie

Knoxville, TN

#14 Aug 16, 2012
Its not the money that stinks. It is the way they cheat and lie that stinks. But what else is new in Loudon County?

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