Your Stimulus Money at Work … Colorado Democratic Governor Bill Ritter Steered Stimulus Money To Ex-Employer


At some point some one is going to have to explain what changed!

Talk about stimulating … or is it called a conflict?

Blue said the attorney general’s office could have done the work for $75 an hour instead of the $450 hour Ritter’s office paid for the same work

Just another example of the “Hope & Change” that Barack Obama reiterated during the 2008 Presidential campaign. Your hard earned tax dollar funded “stimulus” plan at work. Colorado Democratic Governor Bill Ritter steered federal stimulus money to his former employer.


Yes, they sure can … can’t they?

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has awarded some of the state’s first stimulus money to his former employer in a no-bid contract

Ritter hired his former law firm, the Washington-based Hogan & Hartson, in a no-bid contract to review stimulus spending, The Denver Post reported Friday. It said the firm was paid $40,000 in stimulus money through June.

Aides to the governor insisted the contract was properly awarded. The state attorney general’s office deemed the contract necessary to allow the state to have speedy legal advice about stimulus money. The contract is too small to require competitive bidding.

Ritter worked for the Denver office of Hogan & Hartson in 2005, leaving the following year when he ran for governor. The law firm has about 1,300 lawyers across the country and specializes in public finance, real estate, white-collar litigation and environmental and governmental regulation.

Is it any wonder why the stimulus plan is not working? Instead we continue to lose jobs at a record rate as unemployment in the United States has reached 9.5%. Yet, the Obamamessiah has the audacity to say that the plan is working as planned.

I wonder how the MSM would have covered this “no bid” award to a ex-employer if it had been a Republican Governor? Oh BTW, the Gateway Pundit reminds us that the MSM article never mentions that Gov. Ritter is a Democrat. Think they would have done the same if they were discussing Sarah Palin?

NAME! THAT! PARTY! – Colorado Governor category.

They some how find a way to justify everything including paying more for a closed bid contract.

In this case, ‘who’ is a law firm full of political donors of Governor Ritter’s (D), including at least two “who work directly on the state’s stimulus issues.”  The Governor’s (D) office is claiming that the deal was righteous, as well as legal… although they didn’t go into explaining why they paid six times what they would have if they had run things through the Attorney General’s office:

Conflict of interest? How could there possibly be a conflict of interest? That only occurs when Republicans funnel monies to their ex-employers.

Geoff Blue, a spokesman for Suthers, said an attorney for Ritter never asked if there was a conflict of interest.

“They said, ‘Look, you’d have to do all the legal work involving stimulus dollars. We need to hire outside help because we don’t think you can do it,’” he said.

“We said, ‘OK, fine.’ We didn’t address who was hired, how they were hired or what the contract said,” Blue told The Associated Press.

Blue said the attorney general’s office could have done the work for $75 an hour instead of the $450 hour Ritter’s office paid for the same work.

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Your Stimulus Money at Work … Colorado Democratic Governor Bill Ritter Steered Stimulus Money To Ex-Employer”

    1. UStruth on July 12th, 2009 2:21 pm

      I just wanted to start the debate about Obama whether he’s a citizen or not. Read below:

      Subject: THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT!!!!!

      >> AP- WASHINGTON D.C. – In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s
      >> qualifications for the presidency, the group Americans for Freedom of
      >> Information has Released copies of President Obama’s college transcripts
      >> from Occidental College . Released today, the transcript indicates that
      >> Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign
      >> student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school. The transcript was released
      >> by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by
      >> the group in the Superior Court of California. The transcript shows that
      >> Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for
      >> foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To
      >> qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship.
      >> This document would seem to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama’s
      >> detractors have been seeking.
      >> Along with the evidence that he was first born in Kenya and there is no
      >> record of him ever applying for US citizenship, this is looking pretty grim.
      >> The news has created a firestorm at the White House as the release casts
      >> increasing doubt about Obama’s legitimacy and qualification to serve as
      >> president. When reached for comment in London, where he has been in meetings
      >> with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Obama smiled but refused comment on the issue.
      >> Britain ‘s Daily Mail has also carried the story in a front-page article
      >> titled, Obama Eligibility Questioned leading some to speculate that the
      >> story may overshadow economic issues on Obama’s first official visit to
      >> the U.K.
      >> In a related matter, under growing pressure from several groups, Justice
      >> Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to
      >> hear arguments concerning Obama’s legal eligibility to serve as President in
      >> a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey . This lawsuit claims Obama’s
      >> dual citizenship disqualified him from serving as president. Donofrio’s case
      >> is just one of 18 suits brought by citizens demanding proof of Obama’s
      >> citizenship or qualification to serve as president.
      >> Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation has released the
      >> results of their investigation of Obama’s campaign spending. This study estimates
      >> that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000 in campaign funds in the past
      >> year with eleven law firms in 12 states for legal resources to block
      >> disclosure of any of his personal records. Mr. Kreep indicated that the
      >> investigation is still ongoing but that the final report will be provided to the U.S.
      >> Attorney General, Eric Holder. Mr. Holder has refused to comment on the matter.

    2. SUPER DAVE on July 13th, 2009 7:44 am

      eric holder is no more than a coward.

    3. SUPER DAVE on July 13th, 2009 12:31 pm

      most of the world knows barry is a goes to show that you can buy a harvard education, elected officials, the presidency of our country. all politicians and governments are for sale to the highest bidder.
      half of our fellow citizens have shown us that they are for sale at any cost, even their families, values, and country. its a sad turn of events but the remaining half need to be strong to fight this monster.

    4. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) Announcing Retirement … Another Blow to Democrats in 2010 | Scared Monkeys on January 6th, 2010 8:30 am

      [...] Another Democrat is calling it quits. This time it is Colorado Governor Democrat Bill Ritter who is stating he will not be seeking reelection in 2010.  Ritter comfortably won a first term as Colorado Senator in 2006; however, he was facing a tough reelection battle against former Republican Representative Scott McInnis. In less than four years, from landslide victory to withdrawal from race.  My what a difference one year of the Obama Presidency makes. [...]

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