Questionable expenditures
October 25, 2009 (letter to Lansing State Journal)

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Mayor's expenses detailed

This newspaper has reported on the "City Administrative Account" that Mayor Virg Bernero has used to raise more than $194,000 in the last four years.

Contributors included the Board of Water and Light ($2,500); The Accident Fund ($9,500); Tetra Tech ($18,000); the United Auto Workers ($6,000) and Christman Construction ($3,000).

But, how the money was spent is also interesting.

Examples: $1,601 on cufflinks (cufflinks?); $8,621 at the Lansing Country Club; $11,629 at the Lansing Lugnuts (that's a lot of hot dogs); $25,500 for consulting from Sloan & Associates; $848 at Troppo. And, there were two purchases from A. Dean Watkins for which the reported "purpose" is puzzling (and possibly a typo): $4,133 for "city gastus" and $594 for "City Penals."

You can see detailed lists of contributions and expenditures at www.campaignmoney.com/political/ 527/city-administrative-account.asp.

Steve Harry
Lansing