Thursday, October 21, 2010

Even More Conflicts of Interest

According to AP reporter Ken Kusmer:

"Indiana's human services agency is paying $5.25 million to a private law firm, including the brother of a key aide to Gov. Mitch Daniels, to represent the state in its fight over a canceled IBM Corp. welfare outsourcing contract.

"Barnes & Thornburg of Indianapolis was hired despite several conflicts of interest arising from the fact that it also represents former IBM partners involved in the welfare deal. Bryan Corbin, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that 'hiring this firm was a specific request of the Governor's Office'."

This Indianapolis Observer wonders how Mitch Daniels can remain a squeaky clean would-be Republican nominee for president in 2012 while sanctioning such malfeasance.

These two blogs have reasoned commentary on the mess: Advance Indiana and Ogden on Politics.

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