Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Another North Carolina pay to play story Greensboro's News and Record probably won't report

"The Charlotte company under scrutiny for how it got maintenance contracts at state prisons has received about $7 million annually from a no-bid contract to maintain jails in Mecklenburg County, records and county officials confirm.

How would a newspaper respond 
to stories by other news outlets 
reporting about actions the News and Record has condoned
in its own sphere of influence?

Don't report anything about them.

The Keith Corporation and its executives, meanwhile, have in recent years given thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and consulting fees to Jim Pendergraph, a former Mecklenburg sheriff who approved the local contract in 1996.

Greensboro only different.

FBI agents have been asking questions about other contracts awarded to a Keith Corporation subsidiary, for maintenance at three state prisons. Those contracts were renewed over the objections of top state prison officials after Graeme Keith Sr., the company’s chairman, reportedly told state officials he had given a lot of money to political candidates and it was “now time for him to get something in return.”

As sheriff, Pendergraph was responsible for the 1996 decision to outsource the maintenance – a job previously done by sheriff’s department employees. Since 2001, he received more than $30,000 in campaign contributions from officials with The Keith Corporation – and about $86,000 more in consulting fees from the company’s jail maintenance subsidiary, now known as TKC Management Services.

The News and Record's top executives
have knowingly misled our community 
by not reporting what they should,
which makes them just as corrupt and complicit
in the same behaviors acted out by our local crooked cronies and elected officials, 
including Tony Wilkins, Nancy Vaughan, Mike Barber, Yvonne Johnson, 
Jamal Fox, Marikay Abuzuaiter, City staff and DGI's Zack Matheny.

Both Pendergraph and TKC officials say the consulting fees and campaign contributions had nothing to do with the contract."

"Comments have been disabled"; "Greensboro City Council approves grant for Lotus Lounge property"


Two more examples of what the News and Record won't report, as they are knee deep in it in Greensboro


Where is the News and Record? "The state agreed to extend prison maintenance contracts to a company owned by contractor Graeme Keith Sr., a McCrory friend and campaign donor."

This is Greensboro, 
the City whose News industry is in bed with local oligarchs
and their hired politicians.