Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Corrupt Cheeseheads?

Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin has canceled a travel contract that is the subject of a federal indictment of a state employee. (Notice that the Associated Press article doesn't mention that Doyle is a Democrat.)

According to the federal indictment (PDF) handed down last week, state Department of Administration purchasing division supervisor Georgia Thompson committed felony fraud in connection with a state travel contract valued at $750,000. Federal prosecutors "accused Thompson of using her position on a committee that evaluated bids for state travel contracts to steer one of them to Glendale-based Adelman Travel Group."

The indictment charged her with felony fraud and misapplication of funds. It said she acted for political advantage of her superiors and to enhance her job security.The three-year contract was signed last April 22 and took effect June 27. Before and after the contract was signed, company executives gave a total of $20,000 to Doyle's campaign. ...

Thompson "received a $1,000 raise in her annual pay weeks after" the contract was signed. According to the Journal-Sentinel:

Steven M. Biskupic, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, said the investigation is not over.
The probe has colored the hotly contested gubernatorial race in which Doyle is trying to be the first Democrat in 30 years to be elected to a second term. ...


Because of the political implications, the Adelman Travel contract is being investigated jointly by the offices of the U.S. attorney, the state attorney general and the Dane County district attorney. ...

The $10,000 donation made by Craig Adelman was the maximum allowed by law. ...

Elections Board records indicate that Adelman had never before given more than $1,000 to governors or candidates for governor.
Mitchell Fromstein, a member of Adelman's board of directors, also gave $10,000 to Doyle's campaign within days of the effective date of the contract.


It's just kismet, fate, chance, coincidence -- a fluke, you see. Just like ... oh, I don't know ... Denise Rich's donations to the Clinton Library.