It's a very interesting read.
16 different demands for documents are made covering 3 main categoies.
- Information about I77 Mobility Partners' public communications plan. For a project that was supposedly a "done deal" the firm has been sending out a lot of ads and press releases still "selling" the plan.
- Cintra's other failed projects in North America. This would seem to be largely in reference to the issues brought up by Cornelius resident Diane Gilroy in a letter to Governor McCrory. Read the previous coverage at aShortChronicle on Gilroy's research here and here.
- Financial related questions about the project. The AG's office wants to know more about how much money Cintra expects from the state as well as communications to the ratings agencies. Read the previous coverage at aShortChronicle on the HOT lanes debt here.
All of these things have been questions/subjects aShortChronicle has been covering for months, so it's nice to see the AG's office finally catching up.
However, we want to point out something specific related to the first bullet listed above. The one related to the ads. The fifth demand is specific to lobbying and ad placement.
"5. All communications between You and Ross Communications, Mercury LLC, and any other firm engaged to advertise, lobby, or communicate to the public or third parties regarding the I-77 Express Lanes project."
Regular readers of aShortChronicle will recognize the name Mercury LLC. The firm and its "man in NC", Russell Peck, have been covered here, here, and here over the past several months.
If Peck's name is ringing a bell more recently, that may be because he's reprising his role from 2012 as Governor Pat McCrory's campaign manager.
Having your campaign manager's firm involved in an official investigation conducted by your opponent can not be a good thing!
If/when that political bombshell gets dropped on the campaign trail by the mainstream media, it will be fun to watch.