After seeing State Auditor Charlie Janssen leave a Lincoln sports bar about 3:15 p.m. on Monday, June 4, the newspaper began to monitor the time the auditor was spending away from his State Capitol office.
This was done by checking the auditor’s parking spot at the Capitol to see if his vehicle was there, as well as driving past the bar he frequented. The newspaper did not document his movements every day in the early part of the summer. But beginning Aug. 15, the newspaper checked on the auditor’s whereabouts nearly every work day, mainly in the morning, before and after the lunch hour, and later in the afternoon.
The paper also arranged to have reporters inside the sports bar over the past month around lunch time.
Over 20 days since Aug. 15, Janssen’s parking spot at the State Capitol and the parking lot at Brewsky’s, were checked 61 times. On 10 of the 20 days, his white, four-door Ford pickup was observed at Brewsky’s, a bar about 15 blocks south of the State Capitol, for lunches that ended as early as 1:53 p.m. and as late as 3:55 p.m.
The newspaper logged 125 observations of Janssen’s vehicles on 47 days, from June 4 through Wednesday.
There were gaps in that monitoring — from June 12 to June 22 when a reporter was on vacation, and from July 23 through Aug. 10, when the auditor was not spotted.