Contributors to NY Gov Win $82.8M in State Contracts after Having None

Capital New York 12/9: “For Cuomo, it was one of the dozens of events that helped him raise a record $46.9 million for his re-election. But for members of the Capital Region Economic Development Council like Albany Medical Center C.E.O. James Barba and realtor Bob Blackman, then a member of nfrastructure’s board, the soiree marked the occasion of their first political contributions to the governor.

“The event came several months before Cuomo announced the council had won $82.8 million, in part for projects around the eight-county region—a reversal after two years of being snubbed in the state’s competitive funding process.”

Local Official Admits Taking Gifts, Cash from Contractors; Claims He Lacked Authority to Help Them

Native Times: “‘Yes, I accepted the gifts, but they didn’t influence my decision-making process,” Jason Merida said. ‘I didn’t have the authority to make decisions on which vendors we would use, so they couldn’t.'”

“Among the gifts Merida testified to receiving Wednesday were $20,000 in cash, more than $40,000 in Kohler home fixtures, three all expenses paid hunting trips to Missouri and New Mexico, multiple firearms, a weekend golf trip to Pebble Beach, Calif., two freezers, architectural consultations on a home he and his wife planned to build, two Kawasaki Mule All Terrain Vehicles, a 2009 Cadillac Escalade, tickets to a 2010 Dallas Cowboys playoff game and two trips to Dallas via private plane.

“The former executive and his wife also accepted a birthday trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that he described as within the parameters of their personal relationship with Lauri and Brent Parsons, the owners of Builders Steel. The Parsons were among six individuals who pleaded guilty last year in connection with the case and both testified that they counted the trip as part of the cost of doing business with the Choctaw Nation.

“Choctaw Nation law does not prohibit employees from accepting gifts from vendors while in their official capacity as long as those gifts do not impact how they make decisions on the job.”

WI: Employees of Bidding Team among Four Finalists for Lucrative Contract Gave over $10K to Gov

The Capital Times: “A development group headed by T. Wall Enterprises is among the four finalists selected for the purchase and redevelopment of the Hill Farms property.

“T. Wall is part of a bidding team that includes Potter Lawson Architects of Madison and Miron Construction of Neenah for the largest public real estate project in Wisconsin since the Miller Park baseball stadium.”

“The Walker administration has been seeking a private developer to purchase the Hill Farms site and construct a $197 million, 600,000-square-foot office complex with 2,500 parking spaces to replace the current Wisconsin Department of Transportation building.”

“Records show that Terrence Wall of T. Wall Enterprises gave $9,975 to the Friends of Scott Walker on Oct. 25.”

“Records also show that David Voss, project executive with Miron Construction, gave $2,500 to Walker on Oct. 14, the day after the RFP was posted.

“Records also show that Eric Lawson, CEO of Potter Lawson, gave $1,000 to Walker on Oct. 24.”

Breitbert Notes Contributions to Key Republican Congressman from Contractor Who May Benefit from President’s Immigration Plans

Breitbart: “The contractor, General Dynamics, is on the list of “interested vendors” for a draft solicitation that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), sent out to vendors in October. If the president goes through with an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and General Dynamics gets the contract, a top official with the firm told Breitbart News that he expects the printing of the documents — including ID cards, work permits and Social Security cards for illegal aliens — would occur at a facility inside Chairman Rogers’ congressional district in Kentucky.”

“According to the Center for Responsive Politics, just this past election cycle, Rogers received $10,000 in donations from General Dynamics. In the 2010 cycle, Rogers received $8,500 from the company.”

“These revelations could explain Rogers’ hard push for funding the federal government in an omnibus bill that would fund everything—including the president’s planned executive amnesty—through next September, when the 2015 fiscal year ends.”

“When asked last week, Hing wouldn’t guarantee to Breitbart News that Rogers would uphold Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus’s promise to voters to block funding for Obama’s executive amnesty if voters delivered the U.S. Senate majority to Republicans, as they did.”