Thursday, May 23, 2013

Politically-Connected Law Firm Wins Indianapolis Towing Contract for California Firm

This should not come as a surprise.  If you have a company and you hire the right lobbyists, i.e those that work at Barnes and Thornburg, which law firm all but runs Indianapolis city government, you will win contracts.  The Indianapolis Business Journal reports:
Indianapolis will choose a San Francisco-based company to oversee city-ordered towing under a contract expected to be authorized Thursday afternoon.
Ryan Vaughn

AutoReturn is in line for a five-year contract for towing management services, pending approval by the Board of Code Enforcement.

The city issued a request for proposals in December that requested $1.5 million in annual guaranteed revenue, Department of Code Enforcement spokesman Adam Baker said. The money would come from fees collected from people whose cars are towed after accidents, abandonment or illegal parking.

Byran Burdick

City records show Brian Burdick of the law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP lobbied on behalf of AutoReturn in 2012 and 2013. Mayor Greg Ballard's chief of staff, Ryan Vaughn, is a former Barnes & Thornburg attorney.
...Responses to the city's RFP won't be made public until Department of Code Enforcement Director Rick Powers signs a new contract, Baker said.
Translation:  We won't know which company had the best bid until the contract is signed when it's too late to do anything.  


Flogger said...

My Stars just when you think the Culture of Crony-Capitalism could not be worse, we have this deal. The toxic secrecy of the Ballard regime is breath taking.

You would think the bids would be made public prior to the awarding of a contract.

It would be like Powerball announcing they have a winner, but not revealing the winning numbers.

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