February 17, 2014
The saying is “Follow the Money!”
New questions in Braves vote
DAN KLEPAL AND J. SCOTT TRUBEY – ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
As a board member for a Cumberland business district, Mason Zimmerman voted in favor of contributing millions of dollars toward the new Atlanta Braves stadium in the area.
Three months later, the development company where Zimmerman works is a finalist to build the $400 million entertainment district the Braves plan to develop around the ballpark.
Critics say Zimmerman’s dual roles were a conflict of interest, and he should have recused himself.
Zimmerman and Tad Leithead, chairman of the Cumberland Community Improvement District, strongly disagree. They say the vote came well before Zimmerman’s company, Pope & Land Enterprises, knew enough about the project to consider bidding for the high-profile lead developer role.