In reviewing the 2 1/2 years of commissary reports, I found other payments for professional fees that would not be authorized under IC 36-8-10-21. First, the The Beck Communications Group, Inc. has been paid a $2,500 monthly commission for "consulting services" out of the commissary fund the entire 2 1/2 years I reviewed. By my calculation, Beck Communications has been paid $82,500.
Beck Communications, which was managed by Democrat activist Lara Beck who has done communication for Mayor Bart Peterson's administration, First Lady Maggie Kernan , and WellPoint. Beck Communications shows up in the Sheriff's 2006 end of the year campaign finance report as being paid more than $55,000 for work done for the Sheriff's campaign.
According to LinkedIn, Beck Communications Services provided:
Public and media relations strategies for clients in public and private sectors, as well as not-for-profit organizations. Also offer political consulting services.Beck Communications is listed as administratively dissolved by the Secretary of State as of last month.Next my attention turns to payments made throughout the 2 1/2 year period to London Witte, a local CPA firm. According to the commissary reports, the Sheriff paid approximately $172,800 to London Witte, which fees are usually listed as being for "consulting." According to London Witte's website, these are the consulting services provided by the company:
The issue is not whether the Beck Communications and London Witte expenditures, and even the legal fees, might have some merit. The issue is whether they are authorized expenditures from the commissary fund under IC 36-8-10-21. Contrary to how Sheriff Anderson has treated the jail commissary fund, it is not a fund that he can simply spend however he wants. None of us, including Sheriff Anderson, is above the law. The Sheriff needs to discontinue spending commissary money in violation of IC 36-8-10-21. If he can't bring himself to comply with Indiana law, he needs to consider resigning.
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