Tag: Uber

Rand Paul really likes Uber

In the battle for Sen. Rand Paul‘s senate seat, he and his Democratic challenger Jim Gray both spend a bundle on payroll, technology, research, and consultants, according to a review of 1,400 expenditures they’ve made from January 2015 to the end of this April.

Paul and Gray
Paul and Gray

Paul has outspent Gray, a construction company executive and Lexington mayor, more than two to one — mostly because Paul’s been campaigning so much longer, their campaign expenditure reports to the Federal Election Commission show.

The reports also show Paul’s campaign really likes Uber; it spent $5,866 just on the ride-hailing service in his total $104,073 for travel.

The bottom line

Overall, Paul spent $2 million from Jan. 2, 2015, to April 27, 2016. His three biggest categories:

  1. payroll: $222,740
  2. website development: $215,193
  3. finance consulting: $195,457

Gray spent $945,911 from Jan. 31 to April 27. His three biggest:

  1. advertising: $278,000
  2. payroll: $220,703
  3. research: $110,600

This spreadsheet lists all of Paul’s expenditures. And this one shows all of Gray’s.

Road rage! Two identical Louisville jobs. Which one pays three times more than the other?

Time clockBoulevard reports extensively on executive pay at big local employers. But we also look at what folks are making down in the trenches — in this example, along the streets.

Both major ride-sharing services — the 21st-century taxi companies — are advertising for Louisville drivers in Craigslist’s etcetera job listings.

Uber’s pitch: Meet your financial goals. Signing up takes less than 4 minutes, earnings area deposited directly into your bank account weekly; set your own driving schedule. To qualify, you need a four-door vehicle; valid driver’s license, be at least 21, own a smartphone, and have car registration and insurance. What it pays: $512 a week.

Lyft’s pitch: Drivers choose their own hours, drive their own car, and cash out whenever you want to, with payment directly deposited into your bank account weekly. As with Uber, to qualify you must have a four-door car, but from year 2004 or newer, be at least 21, own an iPhone or Android, and have a clean driving record and personal auto insurance. What it pays: a lot more, up to $1,500 a week.

Photo, top: The 1958–82 Checker A series cabs are the most famous taxi vehicles in the U.S.