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KMOX: Feds Cast “Wide Net” in Probe of StL County Contracts

March 5th, 2010 by mopns · No Comments

“Campaign consulting contracts of a former employee of the county executive’s staff, with allegations of high-pressure tactics to get politicians to hire the consultant. — KMOX.com

Sherlock Holmes were not, but it’s becoming pretty obvious to us that the Feds are investigating former county lobbyist Darin Cline and Dooley consigliere John Temporiti. This is increasingly becoming a public relations nightmare for the Dooley Administration. You know it’s getting bad when the repeated denials by County officials takes up more space in the article than the alleged violations. 

KMOX:

A federal investigation of St. Louis County Government operations is focusing on several contracts, which may have been influenced by campaign contributions or political considerations.

That’s according to a growing number of independent sources who have first-hand knowledge of the investigation.   They spoke to KMOX on the condition of anonymity.

The probe, which sources tell us has been underway for months, centers on alleged interplay between fundraising activities for County Executive Charles Dooley and individual companies that are vendors of the county.

Among the several contracts sources say are under federal scrutiny:

**A proposed 4.25 million dollar, no-bid contract for a firm providing medicine for the county.  In a letter sent to the council, Dooley urged passage.   But the three year contract was rejected by  by the council 4-3,  after a council member claimed a rival drug company could save the county 2.4 million dollars over the three year life of the contract.

**Campaign consulting contracts of a former employee of the county executive’s staff, with allegations of high-pressure tactics to get politicians to hire the consultant.

**A $100,000 public relations contract last spring to promote recycling through a firm having family ties with a former member of the county executive’s staff.  The council rejected the plan. Read more…

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  • 1 Mark // Mar 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Based on no evidence it all except a probe, it is very poor taste and worse journalism to characterize Mr. Temporiti as Mr. Dooley’s consigliere. Among other things, it has anti-Italian overtones, and it implies that Mr. Dooley is a don. It seems to me that your story is designed to inflame and stigmatize more than inform.

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