Saturday, February 13, 2010

Feds looking into voting machine contract

From the NY Post:

Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into how the city's Board of Elections awarded a $50 million contract for electronic voting machines, The Post has learned.

Two sources said US Attorney Preet Bharara has served subpoenas to determine if there was anything irregular in the deal landed by Election Systems and Software of Omaha, Neb., one of the leading companies in the industry. The subpoenas were sent "all over the place," a source said.

"People are being asked to come in and chat," said one insider. "[The feds] want to know how this process worked."

Another source said Bharara began focusing on the voting-machine contract after indicting Anthony Mangone, a politically connected lawyer, for allegedly bribing a former Yonkers city councilwoman to switch her vote on two development projects.

Mangone, who has ties to the Queens Republican Party, was one of several lobbyists hired by ES&S.

He was arrested Jan. 6 -- the day after the city's 10-member Board of Elections selected the company in a 6-1 vote over Dominion Voting of Toronto, which employed its own lobbyists.


Anonymous said...

Politics as usual, screwing the pulic.

Anonymous said...

screwing the pulic.

I think you meant pubic! ;>)

Anonymous said...

So why is this news? I think its only news when there isn't a criminal investigation of the award of a city contract.