Citing county records obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, Democrat Shannon Bradford questioned the spending of the Madison County Recorder’s Office during the term of incumbent Recorder Amy Meyer.
Records from the Madison County Auditor’s Office indicate that, under the direction of Meyer, the Recorder’s Office awarded a $4,500 consulting contract to Meyer’s 2012 campaign manager and spent $1,810 on a “life coach.”
The documents also show Meyer and her office have spent more than $7,700 on travel between 2013 and 2015, an increase of more than 2,000 percent compared to the previous three years.
“It’s bad enough that Amy Meyer chooses to practice law at the expense of Madison County’s taxpayers while they pay her over $100,000 and benefits to serve as recorder, but it is unconscionable that she would spend the taxpayers’ money in such an irresponsible manner,” Bradford said.
“Politicians should not use their offices to reward their associates at the expense of the taxpayers,” Bradford said. “This kind of insider dealing and wasteful spending by establishment politicians is exactly why people have lost faith in government.”
“As the next recorder, I will end the practice of awarding professional services contracts to friends and political associates while also fighting to hold the line on fees in the office,” Bradford said.
“I won’t be controlled by the political party bosses who tried to keep me out of this race, or the special interests that get in the way of good policy,” Bradford said. “I’ll always do what’s in the best interests of Madison County’s taxpayers, regardless of the political costs.”