THE TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! CONTROVERSY ERUPTS OVER KANSAS CITY COUNCILMAN PASTOR BROOKS "INFLUENCE PEDDLING" FOR CITY HALL FLOYD MAYWEATHER CASH!!!
This week, a celebrity event in Kansas City was unreported but still managed to create controversy because of the meddling of Kansas City Councilman Michael Brooks.
To wit . . .
THERE IS COMMUNITY OUTRAGE OVER PASTOR BROOKS LOBBYING FOR $15K WORTH OF CITY HALL CASH FROM THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE FOR A CELEBRITY EVENT FEATURING FLOYD MAYWEATHER!!!
After investigating and sourcing this story we've taken time to narrow down the basic details and involvement of 5th District Councilman (and Pastor) Michael Brooks in this tale of influence peddling for City Hall celebrity cash.
For those who don't know, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is a world class boxer and currently the WBC welterweight champion. His recent tour of Kansas City is confirmed by one of his tweets promoting a club event.
Now, the controversy involves East Side Community Activists including a guy indicted of two felony counts soliciting money from City Hall in order to (possibly) pay for Floyd Mayweather's tour of this town and take him to to meet a few hopeful kids on the way to his hip-hop club appearance.
NOW, THAT SOUNDS LIKE BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR CITY HALL BUT COUNCILMAN (PASTOR) BROOKS GETTING INVOLVED IN THE BOXING PROMO IS RATHER UNUSUAL!!!
In order to be thorough we sent a message to Pastor Brooks and asked if he could explain his involvement in the Mayweather Kansas City Controversy . . .
Sadly, his evasive response wasn't helpful in the least.
Councilman Brooks only noted: "I have nothing to do with any event at Skyline."
By and large, this is correct.
However . . .
TKC TIPSTERS CONFIRM THAT COUNCILMAN BROOKS DID, IN FACT, ENCOURAGE THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE TO FUND FLOYD MAYWEATHER'S KANSAS CITY VISIT TO THE TUNE OF $15K!!!
We took Councilman Brook's response back to a diverse cross-section of AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS and they provided this inside detail . . .
"Councilman Brooks is splitting hairs. He did push for the City Manager's office to fund Mayweather's appearance in Kansas City after talking with the Mayor's office to fund the local tour. It's a shame that the Councilman feels there's a need to be cagey about his lobbying activities."
Another TKC TIPSTER said . . .
"There's a lot you don't know about Pastor Brooks, Tony. This is just one example of his bad decision making when it comes to his office. Of course, Pastor Brooks pleaded his case for the Mayweather City Hall stipend. It's one of the few things he's done with his office during his tenure."
It's a shame that Councilman Brooks didn't take the opportunity to explain his involvement in the Mayweather event rather that choosing to quibble over details. This lack of transparency from his office has been noted in most of his interactions and criticized by constituents.
Also . . .
The appropriateness of this ask from Councilman Brooks has also come into question:
"I don't blame (City Manager) Troy (Schulte) for just handing over the money. It was an odd request from Councilman Brooks. Imagine one of your bosses coming into your office and asking for you to write them a check. That's exactly what happened. I would hope that the Councilman has more important priorities."
Again, to be fair and balanced and awesome, we need to note that as of this writing there has been no ruling on this odd bit of advocacy from Councilman Brooks by City Ethics officials.
However, it's also worth noting that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is listed as #31 on the Forbes Magazine 'Celebrity 100' ranking of highest paid entertainers. So, really, broke-ass Kansas City should have been asking this guy for a loan and not the other way around.
Again, our sources on this one are impeccable and it's only the lack of cooperation to get to the bottom of this issue from the office of Councilman Brooks that held up the reporting. Still, this story worked for Sunday and offers us an alternative perspective on the efforts of our Kansas City clergy who don't seem to understand the implications of their actions in the political world.
In conclusion, during the current City Council epoch we notice that our elected officials don't seem to want to answer questions in a transparent manner and are guided instead by their devotion to special interests. As always, the results of their actions leave Kansas City residents without much faith in their representatives and with less money.
DEVELOPING . . .