Questions raised about campaign season loan to Mayor Kasim Reed - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

FOX 5 I-Team investigates

Questions raised about campaign season loan to Mayor Kasim Reed

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

A campaign season loan made to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is raising a number of questions.

To some, the loan by a longtime girlfriend of Reed made during his first bid to be mayor raises questions of ethics. The mayor and his now former girlfriend say it was purely personal and no one's business.

Click the video above to watch the report that Fox 5 Senior I-team reporter Dale Russell has been investigating since early 2012.

Joint Statement from Mayor Kasim Reed and Joy Rohadfox regarding loan made during his 2009 Mayoral Campaign  

(Note: The FOX 5 I-Team received this statement 1 hour and 40 minutes after receiving Ms. Rohadfox's other statement)

Dale Russell's misleading report contains accusations that are false and baseless. The facts are clear: Joy Rohadfox and her firm received no special treatment from the Reed Administration.

It is undisputed that Kasim Reed had nothing to do with the city procurement and award she received before he was ever elected Mayor of Atlanta.  Ms. Rohadfox has been the President of a successful business for more than a decade. The only thing Ms. Rohadfox did wrong was refuse to participate in Mr. Russell's efforts to discredit Mr. Reed.

She is a partner in a joint venture whose contract was renewed just as virtually every contract of this type is renewed.  There is absolutely no evidence of impropriety or favoritism of any kind concerning the renewal of this joint venture agreement.  

He provided legal services before he was elected mayor to a woman he had dated for some time.  After the election, they mutually agreed that  Reed would return all monies paid to him by Ms. Rohadfox so that they would have no further financial involvement in order to avoid even the appearance of a business conflict.

The only "news" here is about Kasim Reed's private life.  It is unfortunate that their personal relationship has been manipulated into a desperate attempt to malign both the Mayor and Ms. Rohadfox.

Statement from Joy Rohadfox, owner of Rohadfox Construction Control Services Corporation, regarding her 2009 loan to Kasim Reed.

In 2009, I made a personal financial transaction to a candidate for mayor with whom I was engaged in a long-term relationship. The financial transaction was personal, and so are any details pertaining to it.

The personal financial transaction was not intended to influence or benefit his fledgling campaign. Neither was it intended to benefit my business.

The work that my firm performs for the City of Atlanta was won through competitive bids during the previous administrations of Mayor Shirley Franklin, predating the current administration.

In making a personal financial transaction to the candidate, it was never my intention to influence his political campaign or to benefit my business. In the event his longshot candidacy was successful and the personal relationship had continued its course, my intent was to recuse my business from any and all work with the City of Atlanta.

There are no longer any financial relationships of any kind between the Mayor and I. Our long term relationship ended on an amicable note and we remain friends.

  • I-Team Story ArchiveMore>>

  • Patient: Hospice company failed me too

    Patient: Hospice company failed me too

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:37:56 GMT
    The state is now looking into a defunct hospice provider originally investigated by the Fox 5 I-Team.
    The state is now looking into a defunct hospice provider originally investigated by the Fox 5 I-Team.
  • Hidden fees in checking accounts: Who's transparent, who's not

    Hidden fees in checking accounts: Who's transparent, who's not

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:10:06 GMT
    We already know about some of the fees our banks charge -- the monthly fee, the overdraft charge, out-of-network and minimum balance fees. That's standard stuff. But did you know that the average checking account has 30 fees attached?
    We already know about some of the fees our banks charge -- the monthly fee, the overdraft charge, out-of-network and minimum balance fees. That's standard stuff. But did you know that the average checking account has 30 fees attached?
  • Controversial Hindu preacher found guilty

    Controversial Hindu preacher found guilty

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:19:49 GMT
    A federal jury in Atlanta returned a guilty verdict on all 34 counts against a ?controversial Hindu preacher?.
    A federal jury in Atlanta returned a guilty verdict on all 34 counts against a ?controversial Hindu preacher?.
  • Contact the FOX 5 I-Team

    * denotes required fields

    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thanks for contacting FOX 5.  To reach our newsroom by phone, please call (404) 898-0100.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Fatal shooting off Venetian Drive SW

    Fatal shooting off Venetian Drive SW

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:03 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:03:45 GMT
    Atlanta police are investigating after a man was fatally shot outside of an abandoned car wash.
    Atlanta police are investigating after a man was fatally shot outside of an abandoned car wash.
  • Burglars pretend to be engaged couple buying a home

    Burglars pretend to be engaged couple buying a home

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:05 GMT
    Deputies are asking the public for help to find more homeowners who may have fallen victim to two burglars, pretending to be in the market for a home.The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says Tyler Michels and Rebecca Weismayer were arrested for burglarizinga 76-year-old man's home. Deputies say the two posed as an engaged couple looking to buy their first home. Detectives tell FOX 5 the homeowner let the suspects in, allowing the two to case his home. The two waited until the homeowner left, ...
    Deputies are asking the public for help to find more homeowners who may have fallen victim to two burglars, pretending to be in the market for a home.The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says Tyler Michels and Rebecca Weismayer were arrested for burglarizinga 76-year-old man's home. Deputies say the two posed as an engaged couple looking to buy their first home. Detectives tell FOX 5 the homeowner let the suspects in, allowing the two to case his home. The two waited until the homeowner left, ...
  • Savannah police seek leads on 2 weekend killings

    Savannah police seek leads on 2 weekend killings

    Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
    Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices