The Campaign Spot

GOP Lawmakers Target Ed Rendell’s Pay-to-Play

Pay-to-play haunts every Democratic governor, it seems.

Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell’s Office of General Counsel was “negotiating this potentially lucrative no-bid contingency fee contract with Bailey, Perrin & Bailey, a Houston law firm, at the same time that the firm’s founding partner, F. Kenneth Bailey, was making repeated campaign contributions totaling more than $90,000 to the Democratic Governor’s 2006 re-election bid.”

Actually, it’s more: The firm contributed $75,000 directly to Rendell’s 2006 campaign, $16,000 in airplane travel, and $25,000 to the Democratic Governors Association. The DGA gave Rendell’s reelection campaign $1 million in 2006.

Remember when “no-bid contracts” to political friends were an outrage among Democrats?

So far, three Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to prohibit sole-source, emergency, legal and insurance work from campaign contributors. Wonder if any Democrats will join them.