Dallas DA Investigates DART Agency

DALLAS The Dallas County District Attorney’s office is investigating McGill Associates’ payments to a company created by a former executive at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, a DART spokesman said.

McGill Associates in Dallas has served as the DART ad agency for the past four years under a $4.4 million contract that expires at the end of September. The investigation focuses on how a $17,310 payment from the agency made its way to GMC Associates, a company created by DART assistant vice president Micah Causey, according to news reports.

Investigators believe payments of more than $100,000 may have been made to GMC Associates, a company that has no listed phone number but shares the address of Causey’s home, according to The Dallas Morning News. Causey could not be reached for comment.

McGill Associates, whose clients include Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico and the Design Industries Foundation, also did public relations work for the News.

Agency president John McGill told Adweek, “At this time I am not issuing a statement or comment other than that I am cooperating with the DART investigation and providing them with information that they are requesting.”

McGill Associates provided TV and radio spots as well as print advertising for DART, a regional public transit authority serving Dallas County. The investigation began in July, said DART spokesman Morgan Lyons.

“We’ve issued no new task orders to them since July when we became aware of this,” Lyons said.

DART expects to name a new ad agency before the end of September, which marks the end of the organization’s fiscal year.