"Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins voted on Tuesday
to hire Craig Sapperstein as a lobbyist for the City of Greensboro.
Perkins received a campaign contribution of $250 from Saperstein's father
and $250 from Sapperstein's mother in June of this year.
To see a back history on this subject this is what was written a few days ago, CLICKHERE .
Watch this video below to get a background of what Mayor Perkins had to say
after they voted on the new $79,000 federal lobbyist Craig Saperstein from Pilsbury law.
"In the first official business meeting for the Greensboro City Council 12-13-2011
we have Mayor Perkins reversing the past council
and playing the PAY TO PLAY politics on top of the Crony Capitalism card
on this one agenda item which was:
44. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw and Pittman LLP to represent the City of Greensboro Priorities to Federal elected officials and agencies. (Council District: all) (roll call vote) (Attachment #44 to Councilmembers
...Mayor Perkins acknowledges that he has known the Saperstein's
since Craig was 6 years old
so this will be a relationship of close to probably 25 to 30 years.
George Hartzman before the vote brought up the fact that on or before June 8, 2011
we have a contribution of $250.00 from Paul Saperstein
and also another contribution on or before June 8, 2011 of $250.00 from Sara Saperstein.
These 2 people are the new federal lobbyist's parents.
Mayor Perkins sayed that he did get a contribution from the federal lobbyists parents.
...longtime friends of the mayor gets the first contributions from the parents
who then hire the son to work as a federal lobbyist for the City of Greensboro.
Welcome to the pay to play crony capitalist Greensboro City Council."
I am running for Mayor to bring 50,000 jobs to Greensboro and Guilford County over the next 10 years. I want my kids to be able to live and work around Greensboro after they graduate college. The status quo is currently an impediment to the chances of my being able to watch my grandkids grow up close by. We cannot bring in good paying jobs with an uneven playing field for businesses looking to relocate or expand. I believe we don't have a level playing field, which means some of our city's leaders have acted in the name of our community, while favoring a select few in an ethically inappropriate manner.