By: Diane Benjamin
See Part 2 here: https://blnnews.com/2018/08/30/part-2-nikita-richards/
See Part 3 here: https://blnnews.com/2018/08/30/part-3-nikita-richards/
This was the job Nikita used to have, maybe still does:
Nikita’s LinkedIn page shows NDR and Running for McLean County Clerk, but doesn’t mention she works for the City of Bloomington:
There is a description of what NDR Communications does on the site: NDR description
In 2016 she was listed on the Total Compensation report from the City of Bloomington as a Legal Secretary: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12646
In 2017 she was listed as an Employment Coordinator: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16374
The 2016 salary may be low because it wasn’t for an entire year. She isn’t listed on the 2015 report. 2017 may also be low because she didn’t hold that job for the entire year.
All of the above is just background information.
I noticed a lot of social media activity from Nikita (campaign related) during the hours she supposedly worked for the City of Bloomington. I FOIA’d her browser history from July 9th to July 17th. What I received was partial browser history – for instance it showed Facebook.com, but not the Facebook page. I also FOIA’d what days she worked in July, there were Facebook posts made when she was at work that were not connected to recruiting City employees.
Here’s one – Nikita is referring to a Democrat dinner. It doesn’t matter if she was at lunch. Playing politics for the Democrat party isn’t allowed on public property.
The below are more troubling and appear to be either campaigning from City Hall or working for NDR Communications which is also involved in campaigns. I also FOIA’d her job description at the City of Bloomington. She doesn’t create websites, she does post job openings but programming isn’t involved. These are the job skills required to do her job:
The browser history I received is 543 pages long. I’m not going to post the entire document yet, there is more to report than just the below.
These are websites she visited that look like they have nothing to do with her job description and everything to do with campaigning from City Hall:
Page 26 – https://www.ngpvan.com/
Political Fundraising and Compliance
Page 26 – https://www.crazyegg.com/
Make your website Better Instantly
Page 26 – s.thebrighttag.com
Adware is redirecting the browser – IS needs to scan her computer!
Page 62 – coin.amazonpay.com
Spending Amazon coins
Page 62 – cloud.typography.com
Page 365 – www.wellstone.org – page 365 –
Founded to carry forward the work of Paul and Sheila Wellstone, we arm progressives with the strategies and skills to win. We develop political leaders. We strengthen movement organizations. We ignite change.
Page 124 – www.spongecell.com
Spongecell is a dynamic creative platform focused on making data-driven advertising simple, effective and scalable by integrating data, machine learning and automation in the creative process.
Page 64 – https://www.everyaction.com/
Donor Information System software
Campaigning from City Hall is illegal and it shows a complete lack of ethics.
Do taxpayers in Bloomington want Nikita getting paid by them to campaign? Why shouldn’t she be prosecuted for illegal campaigning? Why should she stay on the ballot?
Her buddy probably won’t care, keep in mind that I only FOIA’d SEVEN working days. Imagine what 6 months would show.