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



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 527/city-administrative-account.asp.

Steve Harry