Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How much does it cost to buy a mayor?

Ray Nagin
A jury has found former New Orleans mayor Ray "school bus" Nagin guilty of 20 counts of corruption.  CNN reports:
A January 2013 indictment detailed more than $200,000 in bribes to the mayor, and his family members allegedly received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City; and cellular phone service. In exchange, businesses that coughed up for Nagin and his family won more than $5 million in city contracts, according to the January 2013 indictment.
$200,00 in bribes generated over $5 million in contracts: that is a 25-to-1 return on investment.

Mayor Nagin is also well known for his open racism, having declared that he wanted New Orleans to be a "chocolate" city:
It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild a New Orleans, the one that should be, a chocolate New Orleans. And I don't care what people are saying uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day.

PREVIOUSLY on the cost of buying government:
Kickbacks and the LA Coliseum
How to buy a congressman
How to buy a judge
Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Feinstein: how their husbands benefit from government contracts 
How to buy a vote (they're cheap: $10)

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