Nice job, Don Cardon . . .
posted by Mike McClellan
at 10 August, 10:04 AM 0
So let me get this straight:
Arizona Commerce Authority — created by the Guv and the legislature to replace the Department of Commerce and to gin up business coming to Arizona — hired Don Cardon as its director.
He gets, along with a nice salary, a $75,000 performance bonus.
He quits less than a year into his three-year deal.
How much the ACA actually helped the Arizona economy during that time is speculative at best and most likely minimal in reality.
The Guv decides to give Cardon $60,000 — two-thirds — of his bonus, even though he served less than one-third of his time.
And he ends up where? As Executive Director of Team ACA, the private group partnered with the ACA.
And what is Team ACA? A group of businessmen who pony up money to help with ACA expenditures . . . and who also might be beneficiaries of the ACA’s largesse.
Key word? ”Might.” Because most of the ACA behavior and who contributes to Team ACA is off limits to the public eye.
So a private anonymous group of businessmen provide a chunk of the salary of the ACA, which then funnels state money to selected businesses.
Hmmm . . . no, nothing fishy about that.
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