Tuesday, February 17, 2015

More Pay-to-Play in McCroryWorld

A $25,000 campaign contribution from Alvarez & Marsal, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm, funneled through the Republican Governor’s Association in April 2012 to help the campaign for NC governor of Pat McCrory, has produced big freakin' rewards for Alvarez & Marsal, which got a big, fat, greasy no-bid contract to manage the state's Medicaid, originally worth about $3.2 million, a no-bid contract which has suddenly grown to almost $8 million.

That's a whopping quid of pro quo. And they say that gratitude is dead!

Best part? "The company’s three principals have billed the state at rates of $473 an hour; five directors billed at $394 an hour; and nine analysts billed at $242 an hour. At least two of the consultants have since been hired by [the NC Department of Health & Human Services] in full-time jobs."

Those top dogs are charging more per hour than McCrory's lawyers will be earning when they have to defend him against corruption charges!

“A runaway no-bid contract that balloons from $3 million to $8 million is alarming enough,” said Gerrick Brenner of Progress NC Action. “But when the contractor is also a political contributor, it raises serious questions of ‘pay-to-play.’ Taxpayers have questions, and the governor should immediately come clean with answers.”

Oh, no. No answers from McCrory. He's waaaay too busy stepping on imaginary toes.

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