Do you guys know about the Indiana Gateway? It is a web application that you can create financial reports for Indiana municipalities. It is a "killer app", very cool and very useful.
Click on the link, choose Lake County, city/ town, and Hammond Civil City.
That will take you to a page with various reports you can generate. Under "additional reports", choose "non-governmental entities".
This will take you to a report for 2012, a listing of all the charities that the City of Hammond "donated" to in 2012.
I put "donate" in quotes because politicians obviously don't "donate" anything to a charity. They spend YOUR MONEY on it. It is ethically questionable, although probably not illegal, much like Mayor Tom McDermott's "donations" to St. John Bosco school from his campaign account. But I digress.
So about 3/4 of the way down, we see a donation to the Lake Area United Way for $635,816.75!!!
Isn't it strange that most of Hammond's donations can be measured in the hundreds of dollars, a few go into the thousands, and then you have this outlier? What could be the reason that they made such a large donation?
It couldn't be because the Mayor's brother was heading up the United Way's fundraising, could it?
No, I'm sure that I am mistaken, and that is just a total coincidence.
BTW, look at what other municipalities "donate" to. I think that Munster, Highland, and Griffith are all rather well run towns (for the region, anyway), and none of them "donate" ANY money to charity. They realize that it is ethically questionable for a municipality to "donate" to a charity.
Everyone must never forget that Mayor McCheeze boasted on WJOB one time that he is "very ethical" and did not need Cal Bellamy's ethics training. I think the facts show otherwise, don't you?