Props to Advance Indiana (again)
November 24, 2010 4 Comments
While we don’t always agree, we need to give some props to Gary Welsh over at Advance Indiana. Yesterday, there was a post on a local blog (yes, it was Paul Ogden though we really don’t want to always fight with him) focused on the towing deal and singling out a few councilors, specifically City-County Councilor Bob Lutz as having an ownership in Zores Inc. and serving as their attorney.
Clearly the author did not do the follow-up that Gary Welsh did. Gary commented
Paul, Bob Lutz explained his disclosure to me on his statement of economic interest concerning Zore’s Inc. He said he does not have an ownership interest in the company. He performs legal work for the business in excess of $5,000 a year. I suggested to him the disclosure forms be revamped so the public could better understand what interest the public official is disclosing rather than grouping under one question having an ownership interest, serving as an officer or being compensated by the entity. Unless the official specifies the disclosure, it could be any of the three. The lobbyist registration for Zore’s Inc. is rather new; it wasn’t listed the last time I looked at the database a couple of weeks ago. Good catch.
Props to Gary for actually following up and asking Lutz for the details. It is good to know someone is asking questions before throwing out blind accusations.