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At Daybreak, a Few Questions for Mayor Mike Rawlings About Hiring Kathy Nealy


One month ago,

Jim broke down exactly how Kathy Nealy spent the $270,000

paid her by Mike Rawlings's campaign: $50,000 to phone-bank workers, $15,000 on "religious outreach," $65,000 on the so-called "walk program" and so on. A few days later it was revealed that Rawlings, whose campaign offices were visited by FBI agents also investigating John Wiley Price and Nealy and others, had

hired former Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill

to "[help] the campaign cooperate with this investigation if necessary." It sure looked necessary two weeks later, when

Hill was spotted at the federal courthouse

on the same day the Price grand jury was meeting with potential witnesses.

Now then. This morning, Rawlings was on WFAA's morning show visiting with co-host Ron Corning. The reason for the visit: the annual back-to-school fair at Fair Park, which begins Thursday morning. But toward the end, Corning asked about Nealy and the Price investigation and whether Rawlings regretted hiring the campaign consultant. At which point Rawlings said Corning's "misquoting" numbers. It gets interesting, or at least awkward, beginning at the 3:30 mark.

Update at 11:02 a.m.: Maybe this is what Rawlings meant by "misquoting." A Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to the campaign finance report filed on July 15, in which it says the mayor's campaign paid an additional $35,000 to Nealy in June, half on "Walk Program/Phone Bank" and half on "consulting."


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