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Mayor Preemptively Calls For Audit

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In a late night news release, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis yesterday called for the city to conduct an audit on city credit card usage. Davis has come under scrutiny by local media for his inability to produce receipts for thousands of dollars of credit-card spending.

Multiple open records requests filed for copies of invoices or receipts for credit card charges have gone unanswered. A large of portion of those receipts are missing.

Other charges have gone without explanation, including thousands of dollars in PayPal payments to former and current employees.

The mayor’s office requested an additional three weeks to to respond to a specific request for invoices or receipts for 2021 credit card charges for 2021. The city-set deadline to provide the documents is today, June 15.

See the mayor’s credit card statements below

2020 Credit Card Statements

2021 January-March Credit Card Statements

2021 March-April Credit Card Statements

2016 to 2019 Credit Card Statements

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It is impressive that it required so little time for the mayor and his staff to destroy the evidence, hire and brief a legal defense team, script the excuses and deflecting responses, and seize the moral high ground before the commission or the DA did.

  2. More time? It might take 10 minutes to pull up two years worth of credit card statements and print them out. For all the questionable charges it might take another hour to trace and recall the purpose of them. If it were me, I know the credit card would be frozen immediately and I probably would be asked to take a leave of absence until the situation was resolved. Very sadly, this will probably drag out until the end of his term at which time he will walk away without any accountability.

  3. He has had the credit card since 2015, if there is an audit it should be by someone other than who he recommends, and it should go back to at least 2016 when the state law was supposed to be followed, plus the lawyer for Augusta at that time should also be held accountable.

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