Rawlings Campaign Tells Us What Price Pal Kathy Nealy Did to Earn Her Quarter Mil

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Mayor Mike Rawlings's chief campaign-runner, Mari Woodlief of Allyn Media, responded this afternoon to questions I had posed about the $270,000 paid by the Rawlings campaign to consultant Kathy Nealy, whose offices were searched by the FBI Monday as part of the federal investigation of County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Please see Woodlief's memo below.

In it, she says $50,000 of the money turned over to Nealy went to pay for phone banks. Other political consultants tell me that phone bank workers get from $10 to $15 an hour. At $10 an hour, $50,000 would pay for 10 workers working eight-hour days and 40-hour weeks to accomplish three solid months of phoning. At $15 an hour, it would pay for a little over two months of phoning.

Woodlief says Nealy spent $15,000 on "religious outreach," which includes "securing endorsements." The really big money was $65,000 for the traditional "walk program," which includes some printing costs and a lot of walking.

Anyway, you read it and draw your own conclusions. It's after the jump.

I asked Woodief about the FBI's visit to her own offices the same day they dumped Nealy's office. She said it was all very friendly. She is not a "person of interest," she said, and the FBI left empty-handed.

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CBO
CBO

Per the WFAA article, Rawlings has now hired an attorney to represent him in this matter. WOW, great start of your Mayorship. 

Scream5
Scream5

I thought there was a Constitutional seperation of church and state? What does this agreement to pay South Dallas pastors to endorse Rawlins tell us?? Ethics will not be a priority as Rawlins promised.A "fresh start" for Dallas seems more like business as usual.The new Mayor needs to be forthcoming about his "total" involvement with Price and Nealy and the whole lot of Price's "business" pals. Did Fain's company print up yard signs and/or make tee shirts for Rawlins,and at what cost? This is at the tipping point of buying an election.Again, Dallas voters have been hornswageled by a shifty politician.Dallas County already had more than its share of bad politicians,decision makers for tax dollars, and now we apparently have a new one.Would anyone care for SALT on their pizza with extra cheese? We can only pray that the FBI can round 'em all up and move 'em out....

W W
W W

All that adds up to $180 G ..That leaves $90 G for ???

de-feeted
de-feeted

I have my Dallas home up for sale...heading to the suburbs. I can't stand it any longer. Dallas is fast heading to become a sh*t hole.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I bet I can read the tea-leaves, shall we?

Those $15 an hour phone bankers? I wonder, JUST WONDER, which churches they belong to in South Dallas? And what a great job!! With 9% unemployment, they aren't making chicken feed, are they? They did work hard, though, since I got call after call for Rawlings, since I live in JWP's district--even though I ive in Buckner terrace. PLEASE, separate us from South Dallas!!

(I voted for Kunkle, anyway. AND THIS WAS WHY. I BEGGED PEOPLE TO HELP STOP THE OLIGARCHY)

I wonder, just wonder, what is "relgious outreach?" I thought elections were secular, as was our gov't...Is it the "walking around money" I keep hearing about in every election? Is it the same as the "introductions" promised by certain black-owned newspapers in South Dallas, the same ones where you BETTER place an ad with them, or you aren't a part of the community?

FBI, come on, keep going, keep going. Ask around about the "ads" people "had" to buy, the number of "donations" to churches that "had to be made."

And we have yet to hear from the Democratic Party in Dallas? Where are they? When anyone wants to do anything different, they hit a wall there. Ironic, since the big money to grease palms comes from those who vote GOP in Dallas County. Oh, I bet I won't be invited to any fish fry's or fried chicken dinners now!!

p.s. One neighbor who voted for Rawlings bought into that anti-Laura Miller ideology. And surprise, surprise, she wasn't the only sucker.

Lorlee
Lorlee

Actually, I think this might be like real estate -- you have to have a willing buyer and a willing seller -- and whatever they agree on is the price, well that's the price.  I might think it is way more money than it should be, but doesn't matter what I think, I'm not the buyer or the seller. 

Maybe we should be looking at the people who donated the 2 1/2M -- what are they expecting to getting out of this. 

When I ran Annette Strauss' Mayoral race, there was another consultant who had done some work in Louisiana -- and he told me it actually wasn't so bad here.  In Louisiana, they would deliver briefcases full of money as walking around money and bribes. 

I also voted for Kunkle
I also voted for Kunkle

Like him or not, BarkingDog Adelman is making two important points on his website and Facebook (for those who have access).

1 - A call for a recall election would require the signatures of 75,000 voters (15% of the total number of registered voters in Dallas). That is more than voted in either May or June's election. A little digging on my side shows that if the petition was successful, Rawlings would be forced to run again for his seat. If no one challenges him and he's evicted, then we get stuck with Medrano as mayor for three years. Be careful what you wish for.

2 - His video spoof from the Hitler/Defeated movie looks like a summary of all Schutze's columns in four minutes - http://vimeo.com/25873912

Bart
Bart

It sounds like Snookie Pie is the one fixated on Sarah Dodd. 1. Sarah Dodd is a class act. 2. With Bruce Sherbet gone, the election was controlled by JWP and Kathy Nealey.3. Per the paperwork above, there aren't that many households to walk or call unless you are running for president.4. Mike Rawlings knows what he is hiring-- birds of a feather flock together.  He is the business man remember.  HANDS ON.5.  Give me an honest mayor -- like Kunkle whose has served with honor and integrity.  Worked hard.  Did the right thing for the right reason.....

elconservador
elconservador

Hey Snookie, 

" I am not a crook" .I won by landslides.........

Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon     Another Landslide winner with a alot of walk around money

Anonymous
Anonymous

Here is the thing.  You give a consultant X amount of dollars for field work. Vs. You give consultant X amount of dollars to buy votes.  All you see on the campaign finance report is, X amount of dollars.   The consultant gets to do whatever they want and you have deniability out the wazoo.  Everybody knows this is how it works in South Dallas, but how is anyone in law enforcement able to make it stick?  

Sadly, the only way we are going to be able to beat this is by playing the game.  I propose we form an Independent Citizens Political PAC for the next municipal election.  Purpose, to buy South Dallas votes for the candidate who is NOT the Dallas Citizens Council / Old White Guy / Rich Businessman.  

Raydan2647
Raydan2647

WFAA reported tonight that Ross Jr. got served. In DMN on Saturday.

proudtohavevotedagainstMike
proudtohavevotedagainstMike

Jim -thank you for giving us the only true investigative journalism in Dallas. And so wonderfully written!  Snookie Pie thinks Rawlins is doing a great job already.  I saw the map of voting patterns and could see that south Dallas had been bought once again.  It's been hard to keep up with all these stories this week and work a regular job.  I hope we might be finally getting somewhere in breaking the corruption in this city and county.  Had to go back to the archives to refresh my memory on another story from 3 years ago that kept nagging at the back of my brain:        http://www.dallasobserver.com/...

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Jim, you are starting to look a lot like a sore loser.  Rawlings is doing a good job in just one day on the job.   I fully believe he will be a great mayor.

And, I am forever thankful that we did not elect Sarah Dodd!  She is an evil Republican through and through.  She hates the site of Democrats.  She all but had to hold her nose when she was around all those Democrats during the Mayoral election. 

Jj
Jj

This is the key question in this whole Inland Port affair. Which of the "5 families" are involved with dirty politics and business graft?

Cujo
Cujo

Beautiful. I've seen other versions of the spoof, this one hit home. The Maurine Dickey line was killer.

pencil
pencil

LMAO...SALT-Stupid and Lame Takedown, great spoof.

BoPeep
BoPeep

Let's call it "THE REAL" Dallas Citizen's Council.......

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Keep dreaming.  South Dallas is not bought.  That is what losers say after they lose elections.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Ya'll are completely out of touch with South Dallas.  They were not bought.  They just don't want anybody connected at the hip with Laura Miller.  South Dallas has some of the most savy voters I've seen.

campaigner
campaigner

snookie pie -- you seem to have a fixation against Ms. Dodd.  You need to give it a rest. 

One wonders why -- you sound very much like one of those campaign pests and they got tired of you. 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

You have no idea, do you? Can you read an elections return map? Look at the first one for mayor in May. Notice how NORTH Dallas and SOUTH Dallas voted the same, yet, the central bus dist and EAST Dallas voted for Kunkle. Wonder why? Unless you have been to election activities in South Dallas, you have NO IDEA--NONE. I taught in South Dallas, went to events all over Dallas for elections, and never anywhere else have I seen such machinery, like Boss Tweed it is, down in old South Dallas. You lock up the FIVE biggest churches' ministers and voila! Same as the vote to fund the AAC, the last vote on the hotel--remember that one? Old Mr Crow learned what it was like to  be on the OPPOSING side of an issue from the Oligarchy. He was shocked, from what I heard, of how the machine he knew so well, would go against him.... and attack him personally. Does anyone else remember the ministers' press conference held at CIty Hall about the vote? Now, explain to me what a HOTEL vote has to do with JESUS CHRIST? Civil rights? Come on, I am waiting...For the naive and inattentive, that was the time  black ministers used free media to tell the black folks how to vote on a hotel issue.... After all, how many WHITE ministers or  Hispanic Catholic priests did you see take a stand on the city owning a convention hotel? Yea, uh-huh. Come back when you know what you are talking about in Dallas.

L4rry
L4rry

I, too, would say S. Dallas cannot be bought if my business was under scrutiny by the FBI. Crybaby.

Takedown
Takedown

Snookie - you are so full of shit, it stinks!!!!!!! 

whodunnit
whodunnit

The votes were bought and paid for. Wake up and smell the coffee!

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Yes, that is why South Dallas continues to vote, election after election, for the Rich North Dallas White Guy and all the things they want (like toll roads). 

Seriously, no REAL campaign manager who thought thought that an actual voter  PERSUASION grassroots effort needed to be conducted would outsource the entire chunk to a consultant. Voter persuasion is hard work, and grassroots is very difficult to do well.  There's a TON of paperwork to do keeping track of walk sheets, making sure the walker does the work, gets the walk sheets done, gets them back to the campaign, gets them entered, gets them followed up on, etc.  An operation (supposedly) the size of Neely's would have 30 to 50 employees.  Your average campaign manager is going to want to be VERY hands on and involved in running that kind of operation in terms of management of the system, message, etc... not outsource it... UNLESS they know it's just a matter of getting the money to the right place ... no messy "persuasion" or actual paperwork or walk sheets to be done... wink wink....

Show us the walk sheets!  

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

Savvy... like the ones that elected Don Hill and JWP?

OED_Denizen
OED_Denizen

Savy voters? Think JWP, Davis, Hill, D. Hill, Caraway, etc. Who are you kidding?

Price-less
Price-less

Yes, Snookie.  South Dallas voters are INCREDIBLY savvy.  That's why they keep voting John Wiley Price in year after year after year . . .

RW1961
RW1961

To even THINK that South Dallas has "savy" voters is.... not to think. 

If they are so smart, why do they keep electing City Council members who do absolutely nothing for their districts? South Dallas could be a much better place, but when the people that live there either don't bother to vote, or vote for who their pastor tells them to because he was paid some $$$, you end up with elected officials that don't/can't do their jobs.

You need to look no further than the Inland Port project to immediately eliminate any idea that the elected officials for the southern sector are doing a good job. Every single officeholder should have been cheerleading this project from the very beginning.

And I see that YET AGAIN TODAY in the DMN they state that the SALT group was going to "purchase 15%". Has there been any proof that the group offered to pay a single dime for their "equity"?

md
md

Typically when someone bites off their nose to spite their face at the direction of others it's not considered savvy.

cp
cp

You mean like voting for a toll road that truncates in... South Dallas, once again?

whackedupside
whackedupside

Yep, South Dallas prefers candidates connected at the hip with Park Cities power brokers.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

He is correct Kunkle had support in Southern Sector ,Price started ROBO calls saying Kunkle was Laura Miller candidate for Mayor and that hurt Kunkle,its my understanding Rawlings did not approve that message and it did not run doing Run off election.Do not know who paid for that message.

Dee
Dee

Kunkle lost.  And, by a large margin. 

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Why should I give it a rest.  Schutze has been beating dead horses for years.  Rawlings won by landslide yet he still harps on Rawlings.  The guy has done nothing but good for our City. 

Sarah Dodd scared a lot of people.  From her low-cut necklines, her short skirts, her high wiggle-walk shoes.  The way she mouthed the answeres to David at the debates, and later began texting him during debates, the full all out control she did in running him and the way she made darn sure no one could approach him....

yeah, I'm the one who's fixated.   This woman is a piece of work.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I nominate this for best post of the week.

BoPeep
BoPeep

Yeah, they paid for it with some of the $270k of Rawlings' money.......but, "Rawlings did not approve that message"........

whodunnit
whodunnit

Kathy Nealy and JWP, that's who. Rawlings stays nice and clean, and they do the dirty work.

Jeneheffer
Jeneheffer

Rawlings' votes cost him a lot of campaign cash to buy those votes and produced even more scandal for Dallas.

md
md

You obviously have a personal problem with his Kunkle's wife. Personal. Not political. You can dress up your remarks as political commentary but you come across as a jealous shrew. That makes everyone think less of you, not her.

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

Snookie, you are beginning to remind me of DISD Teacher.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

It's also pretty hard to lose when you have the right candidate.

And, obviously, it is pretty hard to win when you are the wrong candidate ran by the wrong, 5th wife.

helen trent
helen trent

My comment had nothing to do with Kunkle winning or losing -- just commenting that Snookie pie seems to have some sort of fixation.  Actually, however, if you are spending about 2 1/2 M around, it is pretty hard to lose. 

Guest
Guest

I may have over-interpreted the article, but the conclusion I drew was that the numbers are an indictment of the southern sector political machine.  $65,000 of "walking-around money" and $15,000 to court prominent religious leaders who carry a ton of influence in the southern sector speaks volumes to me.  This isn't the first time questions have emerged concerning the funds flowing through Nealy's hands.  See, in particular, the following: http://newsmine.org/content.ph...  

BoPeep
BoPeep

Yeah, he probably choked when he found out how much it would cost.

THX90210
THX90210

You know how a political consultant would try to end this conversation about sinking business? She would sell out her friend and change the conversation. I hope you truly have receipts for everything.

Dallas75214
Dallas75214

I'm pretty sure Kunkle tried to hire Kathy Nealy, and I know they tried to hire Willis Johnson ...

scottindallas
scottindallas

Tell 'em Metroplexual--There's nothing suspicious in paying more to campaign for a job than it will pay.  Surely, that keeps all the loyalties and motivations above board.  I love America, this is the greatest land, as we are genetically and geographically set here by God to dominate and rule the world!  We are so innovative and great, we can cast aside our quaint Constitution and that bothersome Bill of Rights.  Who needs laws that are equitable and efficient, that don't pick winners and losers, that doesn't transfer vast sums of wealth, favor and contracts to a connected, incestuous few?  Not MY AMERICA!  Don't YOU DARE dis her!

Price-less
Price-less

Snookie, it's not considered "beating a dead horse" when the horse stands up and starts trotting.  All of Schutze's investigative reporting is finally being  brought to light by the feds.  Deal with it.   

md
md

You lose all credibility when you tout a mayor's performance after one day on the job, then take a swipe at the losing candidate. You sound unbalanced.

whodunnit
whodunnit

Schutze has been beating dead horses for years..........yeah, and it now seems like alot of what he has been reporting is starting to come to light, and God willing, get rectified.

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

Jim Schutze says to "draw your own conclusions".  How is it an indictment of the South Dallas political complex?  It looks to me like Rawlings campaign got their money's worthand Nealy got a nice piece of business.  Great job organizing workers, producing printed media and getting Rawlings' name out there.  So what if it costs more than some may think, the campaign was willing to spend it.  Kunkle could have hiredsomeone to do this also and if he did that consultant obviously wasn't as successful.  $270,000 is not such a high amount when it's broken down and in 2011 it's not a crazy number. Ms Nealy as shown she is very effective, she'll probably be charging more next time.  I am very much anti absentee vote harvesting by deception and bullying.  HoweverI don't think absentee votes were even a factor in this election..  

Guest
Guest

I could be misinterpreting Schutze's post, but I read it more as an indictment of Nealy and the South Dallas political complex than I do as an attack on Rawlings.  Am I missing something?

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