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This Isn’t the Stephen Green You’re Looking For

July 24th, 2014 - 8:49 am

So of course I have Google News Alerts set for my real name and for my nom me de blog. And while I am the world’s only living VodkaPundit, I’m not the only Stephen Green sometimes making the news. To wit:

Every month, the Kansas City School Board pays the bill for Superintendent Stephen Green’s district credit card.

Through a public records request, KCTV5 News dug through the transactions to find the card swiped at high-end restaurants for meals with administrators, school board members, consultants and community leaders, along with other questionable transactions.

In just three meals at the Bristol restaurant in the Power and Light District, Green’s card was used to pay the tab for himself and his cabinet staff to dine on lobster, swordfish and filet mignon. The bills totaled $624.65.

Green defends the transactions.

KCTV5 reviewed receipts for nearly two years of transactions to see the district card used at high-end restaurants in Kansas City including Brio, Classic Cup, Capital Grill and Houston’s. But hands down the most meals paid for with taxpayer dollars were spent at Bristol, which is a short walk from the district’s downtown headquarters.

“The crazy thing to me is you have 23 visits to Bristol, with over $2,000 in charges,” said James V. Shuls, director of education policy at the Show-Me Institute in St. Louis. “A ton of other restaurants people are going to and it seems like nobody is really checking these things.”

I hope KC residents remember this guy, next time the district wants to raise property taxes to pay off his Amex.

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$100 per visit on average, for himself and multiple colleagues? That doesn't seem unreasonable for a dinner at a sit-down restaurant.
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This is a beaut: "I don't think ... I don't use the term fancy. Bristol, Classic Cup, First Watch, Brio are restaurants that are viable here in this community. We are actually helping those businesses stay viable, so it's actually recycling taxpayer dollars."
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Ye gods. What an idiot.
17 weeks ago
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This Isn’t the Stephen Green You’re Looking For

It is come dinner time.

An honest accounting system would have flagged these charges.
17 weeks ago
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Just sort of skimmed this post quickly, but wanted to say nice to see you're coming clean about this, VP.
17 weeks ago
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Sounds like he was using it for district business even if he was taking advantage going to the really swanky places. You hear about some of these guys using their expense accounts for cars, houses vacations etc.
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ISTR a quip at another blog sometime ago that went "You're paying? I'm having sirloin!"
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