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3:28 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Yes, Taxi Contract Under Review, But...

Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle
Credit Courtesy of Charlotte Aviation Department

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International are examining if they should continue to allow just three taxi companies sole rights to pick up passengers at the airport. This after renewed charges a pay-to-play scheme determined those slots. But the airport may have no choice but to extend the controversial contract.

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Local News
2:23 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Council Asks Carlee To Review Airport Taxi Deal

Diamond Cab owner Obaid Khan addressing the Charlotte City Council on Monday night.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Monday we brought you the story of an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving Charlotte Douglas International Airport and taxi companies.  In 2011 the City Council slashed the number of companies that could pick-up at the airport from 12 to 3. The allegations were that only companies that paid $5,000 to join The Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, or HTA, were given the coveted slots. Those who did not were cut out of the most lucrative market in the city for cabs.

In our earlier report, Diamond Cab owner Obaid Khan said, "We feel like you shouldn’t have to pay to play. That’s exactly what took place at the airport."

Last night, Khan addressed the Charlotte City Council about another side of the controversy. 

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Local News
11:04 am
Mon April 28, 2014

'Now, Maybe They'll Listen.' Accusations Of Pay-To-Play Scheme

Former mayor Patrick Cannon, left, with Mohammad Jenatian in February at a gala of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance.
Charlotte Observer

There’s a phrase that now hovers over the Charlotte city government:

Pay-to-play. An arrangement where political influence is for sale. Mohamed Moustafa says he was offered the chance at pay-to-play.

"The way they did this process was 100 percent pay to play scheme."

What’s interesting about his quote is it’s from July of 2011 - 2.5 years before Patrick Cannon was arrested and resigned. That was Moustafa then. This is him now:

"What I said then in 2011, it is proved itself now in 2014. It is proved."

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