Friday, July 8, 2016

Tee time and the 19th hole

Thursday, the ABC7 Amarillo investigative team reported on the high on the hog travel that former Amarillo Economic Development Corp. president Buzz David’s and Senior VP Brian Jennings enjoyed in their hob-knobbing at conferences, trade shows and client meetings all over the United States. But that wasn’t the whole story, tonight the team told viewers about playing at golf clubs and buy golf clubs.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

High on the hog, or traveling in style

Last night, Niccole Caan and Kendra Hall of the ABC7 Amarillo investigative team told viewers watching the 10 p.m. broadcast the reimbursements to former CEO Richard “Buzz” David, and current Senior VP of Business Development Brian Jennings for their miscellaneous expenses. On tonight’s Nightside, ABC7 Amarillo reported on how these top two executives traveled high on the hog, spending for top-of-the-line booze, lavish meals, swanky hotel rooms, golf outings and more.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Shirts, shoes and golfing news for Amarillo taxpayers

On ABC7 Amarillo’s investigative team members Niccole Caan and Kendra Hall found Amarillo Economic Development Corp. top executives living high on the taxpayers’ hog with extravagant expenditures for entertainment, meals, hotels and four-figure golf outings. But that’s not all.

On the ABC7 Amarillo Nightside broadcast earlier tonight, the team reported that, after going through thousands of pages of documents, it found personal clothing and more.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A little tax and a lot of money

As the ABC7 Amarillo investigative team reported earlier this evening, reporters looked at the Amarillo Economic Development Corp., it learned that every purchase in Amarillo subject to sales tax sends one-half penny to the Amarillo Economic Development Corp. And that adds up to a tidy sum. That sales tax also pays for the salaries, operations as well as travels and a pool of money for loans, buildings and other items, the projected operational budget for the fiscal year ending in September is almost $1.9 million, with almost 40 percent of that in salaries.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Stonewalling, and vindicating three councilors’ call for AEDC board resignations

As revealing as the documents are, it’s equally instructive how KVII undertook this investigation and how the AEDC reacted to it — stonewalling, resisting and evading. But. nothing the AEDC can or will do can erase the stench emanating from the paper trail of these two guys, who make six-figure salaries on the taxpayer dime, try to live like Donald Trump.

Stay tuned: ABC7 Amarillo investigates the AEDC

ABC7 Amarillo’s investigative team has done another great service to the community. On tonight’s Nightside at 10 p.m., investigative reporter Niccole Caan kicked off a week-long series on the Amarillo Economic Development Corp. The series caps a months-long investigation of this taxpayer-funded agency. That’s right. A five-day series. And, in TV promotion parlance, it’s something you’ll see only on ABC7 Amarillo.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

ABC7 Amarillo kicks off a five-day series investigating the AEDC

If you caught ABC7 Amarillo’s news at 6 p.m. and Nightside at 10 p.m., you heard the “tease” for an extraordinary five-day series investigating the free-wheeling spending by staffers at the Amarillo Economic Development Corp. Why use the word “extraordinary?” When was the last time a local commercial Amarillo TV station ran this kind of story over an entire work week?

The ABC7 Amarillo team went through almost 1,000 pages on which were copied thousands of receipts from taxis, hotels, airfare and meals. The team also looked at the receipts and spending reports from two country club memberships. Those findings will be bolstered with posts to abc7amarillo.com

By now, anyone who has surfed the Web knows that words like “jaw dropping,” “you won’t believe …,” “bombshell,” “shocking” and so on are click bait. But, in this case, those words apply to the ABC7 Amarillo team’s finding about AEDC spending.

Tune in to ABC7 Amarillo for the 10 p.m. Nightside news cast starting Monday to learn how our tax dollars are used.