Earlier this week, the Daily Beast website listed Columbus, Georgia as the #1 “brokest city in America.” They also list Savannah as #25, Macon at #14 and Augusta at #10. To arrive at their rankings, Daily Beast used the August 2011 unemployment rate, median household income and average debt.
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is fighting back, alleging that the Daily Beast rankings are motivated by the ongoing lawsuit between the city and Expedia. Tomlinson notes overlap in the senior management of both websites:
“They have the same chairman and vice chairman and they share some senior management,” Tomlinson said. “They also have advertising arrangements, cost sharing arrangements, distribution arrangements, and so forth. So they’re clearly interrelated. It looks as if Expedia may have used that media relationship to further its corporate agenda.”
Tomlinson also noted that 17 of the 30 cities listed currently are involved in litigation against Expedia.