SCENE: Profitable Non-Profit Affordable Housing Developer Pays For A Mayor's Kid's Tuition While Mayor say, "Yes" to Developer's Gravy Train Projects
SCENE: A developer pays for a mayor’s daughter's out of state college tuition, while the developer is at the mercy of the mayor’s approval on pending projects.
BACKGROUND: People don’t think the mayor’s daughter got into an out of state Ivy Leauge educational institution based on grades or scholarships. (Since the daughter only had average grades and wouldn’t qualify for scholarship money or financial aid since her parents have good incomes.)
However, an out-of-state Ivy Leauge tuition saved, is an out-of-state Ivy Leauge tuition earned. So in this scene of my Aaron Sorkin-style TV show, a developer writes a check directly to the University on behalf of the daughter.
Now here’s the David E.Kelley “Ally McBeal” ethics hook for this fictional episode. (I HOPE it’s fictional!)
The benefactor who cares so much about this rich kid’s education also has some big projects to push through in the same City in which her father is Mayor. And, oh no...since this is TV (and they like outrageous sensationalism), let’s ALSO throw in that the types of projects we are talking about are those unlimitedly profitable “non-profit” affordable housing projects like the one’s I have been expressing concern over.
Then, to rub it in the face of the opposition in this TV show about a mayor and City Hall, the mayor jumps in front of some cameras and takes credit for bringing affordable housing to the city to help the poor.
So the issue of this episode called, “Inspector General” is: Is there anything wrong with this “win-win” situation for the mayor, his daughter and the developer who gets the “in” to build very profitable “non-profit” 100% affordable housing?
INTERIOR SCENE: City Controller walks into District Attorney’s office and drops folder on table...
[This is a TV show and they have happy and ethical endings, so the mayor and developer get busted for this conflict of interest and new laws are put in place to prevent this type of abuse of power (corruption). But in the real world, it’s probably not illegal; so it continues; and in the series finale, the city is official declared a disaster zone and the Federal government has to step in to address the wave of homeless and economic ruin this behavior has caused while the mayor and his cronies are laughing on a yacht drinking their freshly squeezed orange juice they had flown in. I know, the freshly squeezed orange juice flown in to billionaires on a yacht is a little over-the-top...but this is a Hollywood script combining city politics with a mayor patterned after J.R of “Dallas”.]