Sunday, August 19, 2007
Public contracting increasingly "pay to play"
New Jersy Common Cause's website notes:
"Absent of proper controls, public contracting is increasingly dominated by "pay-to-play" practices where large campaign contributions are traded for lucrative government contracts. In the process, taxpayers pay more for lower quality services and local campaigns become too costly for everyday Americans.
"Public contracting reform severs the link between campaign contributions and government contracts, ensuring that merit and cost effectiveness drive the contract process while leveling the playing field to run for political office."