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District Dodges Spending Laws: Companies Snare Contracts With Connections, Not Competition

Date: November 27, 2005
Authors: Dan Keating and David S. Fallis
QUOTE: District officials routinely violate city spending laws, avoiding competitive bidding, masking purchases under unrelated contracts and paying vendors without contracts or legal authority, according to D.C. records. Out of $2.5 billion in purchases last year, the city spent roughly $425 million in unauthorized payments and no-bid contracts...

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