NEWS & MEDIA

Double Transparency

By: Arkansas Democrat Gazette

In an article published in the Democrat-Gazette on July 24, it was reported that the top official of the firm receiving a $45,000 contract to coordinate the LITFest festival donated $4,000 to the current mayor’s election campaign. And the $45,000 just happened to be under the $50,000 requirement for competitive bids to have formal approval from the city board of directors.

The firm receiving the contract is Think Rubix, which was paid $1,500 for consulting fees in 2018 by Frank Scott’s mayoral campaign. Interestingly, that same person was an advisor to a Democrat Party super PAC. What makes things more suspicious, Mayor Scott’s chief of staff up and resigned in January and went to work for Think Rubix.

Whether illegal or not, this entire situation smacks of a sleazy, buddy-buddy deal and makes me doubt how transparent Mayor Scott is being with the public on this as well as other city contracts. We deserve better.

And who came up with that lame name, LITFest?

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