Pressure building on Brown to come clean on spending

Len Brown is a TrougherPressure is building and the whole spending scandal enveloping Len Browns campaign threatens to destroy his super city campaign. Running interference for him now on council related matters is David Lewis, former staffer of Helen Clark who famously organised the burning of evidence in Paintergate.

If any media try to get hold of Brown they are met firstly with Conor Roberts then with David Lewis. Lewis isn’t even on the payroll of the City Council so quite what he is doing answering council related matters is beyond me.

Two councillors are ratcheting up the pressure. Cr. Dick Quax and Cr. Jami-Lee Ross.

Manukau councillors request details of mayoral credit card use

This morning we delivered, by hand, a written request to the Manukau City Council Chief Executive’s office for copies of all documentation associated with the credit card provided by the Council to Manukau Mayor Len Brown.

We are requesting these documents after recent reports of personal purchases made by Mr Brown on his ratepayer funded credit card.

Specifically we are requesting copies of:

  • all credit card statements associated with any credit card used by or for the Mayor of Manukau from 13 October 2007 to present.
  • all receipts, invoices, notes, or other such documents to vouch for expenditure charged to the mayoral credit card from 13 October 2007 to present.
  • the credit card expenditure policy relating to credit cards issued by Manukau City Council, including the mayoral credit card.

We maintain that ratepayers need to have confidence that Mr Brown is not abusing his ratepayer funded credit card. It is not appropriate for any personal expenditure to be charged to a credit card provided by the Council for business purposes.

We continue to be concerned over reports of a number of purchases at restaurants and bars not being itemised. In light of other personal spending taking place it is reasonable to expect a proper explanation for any food or alcohol being purchased.

Given the relatively simple task of copying existing documents, we have asked the Chief Executive Officer to provide copies of the documents requested by close of business on Thursday, 10 June 2010.


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