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Government Lobbyists & Lawyers: It’s Time to Require Qualified Bidding

by Bill Simon

An interesting article in the January 15, 2011 edition of the MDJ Online got me to thinking. The article discusses the fact that the lobbying firm for the City of Kennesaw may not be re-hired for this next year. The article also reveals the fact that this same lobbying firm also acts as the Kennesaw City Attorney.

Why is it that law firms who work for municipalities are NOT subject to winning their positions by going through a qualified bidding process, like so many other municipal vendor services are?

The Cobb County School Board has had the same law firm for years (Brock & Clay) and never put that contract out for bid.

Lawyers may THINK they are God’s greatest gift to the world, but they are just like any other commodity-seller, and I think that if tax dollars are being used to pay them, then it’s high time their contracts were required to be bid-out to allow others to bid for those tax dollars, whether it is for legal services or lobbying services.

And, here’s the beauty of this: Get another lawyer in any municipality or government agency, and what may be discovered is a lot of that deep-seated, deeply embedded corruption that has been covered-up for YEARS in our local governments, and takes forever to bring to light otherwise.

One Response to “Government Lobbyists & Lawyers: It’s Time to Require Qualified Bidding”

  1. David Hopkins Says:

    Lamar Paris is the DEMOCRATIC County Commissioner of Union County Georgia, with the county seat of Blairsville. Lamar Paris is also DEMOCRATIC president of the Association County Commissioners Georgia (ACCG).

    Lamar Paris, as head of the ACCG has been instrumental in the development of the use of out-of-control SPLOST Tax increases across the state. In his own Home County of Union – the man is an utter incompetent, admittedly often making multi-million dollar decisions without professional studies or even basic knowledge of facts surrounding projects he is levying taxes against.

    We have compiled 2 Very Detailed Reports showing how he falsifies SPLOST Reports to mislead county residents of exactly what is being spent, who it is being spent with, and what it is being spent on. Another report shows him illegally awarding Public Works SPLOST jobs well in excess of $100,000 without even asking for bids.

    Here is a link to the Falsified SPLOST Records Web Page Report:
    http://www.themountainsvoice.com/battleofblairsville/farmersmarket.htm

    Here is a link to the PDF Report showing Illegal Non-Bidding of Public Works Jobs:
    http://www.themountainsvoice.com/battleofblairsville/docs/splost/UnionCo_Splost-oldgymreport.pdf

    THIS MAN IS THE LEADER OF THIS NONSENSE, AND IS THE ONE PROMOTING IT ALL OVER THE STATE!! PLEASE HELP US GET SOMEBODY TO COVER THIS!!! WE”VE GOT FACTS! AND THIS IS BETTER THAN A SOAP OPERA! CORRUPTION, A REAL LIFE PROPHET OF GOD, DEATH THREATS, CRUSADERS, A CORRUPT NEWSPAPER, LAWSUITS, YOU NAME IT!!!

    Juicy Stuff! With Facts! Why can’t we get coverage!

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