(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–So a guy walks into city hall with $1.5 million cash in a suitcase.
The guy turns out to be former Mayor Oscar Goodman. The money is ‘repayment’ from a loan to the Mob Museum.
The money was originally loaned to the Mob Museum as it started up. Today was payback.
The city’s role in funding the museum has some history and controversy. It provided most of the estimated $42 million to purchase and rehab the federal building that became the museum.
Goodman came under fire when he proposed loaning the start up project $11.5 million in 2010. The city had earlier considered applying for federal economic stimulus funding for the museum, causing a political kerfuffle in Washington.
Goodman’s attempts to use city money to fund the museum drew criticism from city employee unions, as Las Vegas faced budget cutbacks and layoffs during the economic downturn.