The monopoly towing contract will be worth millions. Companies wanting the contract will be lined up outside of the Mayor's Office to cut checks to his re-election campaign in the hopes of currying favor with the administration. A clever owner of a towing company might choose to take additional steps such as hiring Marion County GOP Chairman Tom John to lobby the Mayor's Office. After all, Buchman Company hired John as a lobbyist and now the City is falling all over itself to finance a $98 million deal real estate development deal for the company that every lender viewed as too risky.
It didn't take long. The City's lobbyist database indicates that Zore's Towing has now hired Tom John of Ice Miller to lobby the Mayor's Office. Further, An ethics form filed by Councilor Bob Lutz filed last year suggests he has an ownership interest in Zore's and may also be acting as its attorney.
If Vaughn's proposal passes the Director of Code Enforcement for the City would have the absolute right to pick the winning towing company without any interference from the council. Of course, the Director is going to pick whichever company the Mayor wants ... that is if he wants to keep his job.
Yet another day in the world of Indianapolis pay-to-play politics.
Pictured: Ryan Vaughn, Bob Lutz and Tom John.