Outsourcing Public Services: Governors Push Privatization, With Disastrous Results

By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams – Governors across the country have outsourced important public services to private firms with high-powered lobbyists, mostly with disastrous results, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center for Media and Democracy’s “Outsourcing America Exposed” project. “While large corporations are the winners in this scenario, all too often taxpayers are the losers when transparency, accountability and the public interest are sold out to for-profit firms,” reads the report, titled Pay to Prey: Governors Facilitate the Predatory Outsourcing of Public Services (pdf). Pay to Prey details boondoggles from Pennsylvania, where Governor Tom Corbett “outsourced millions of dollars in state legal contracts to outside law firms (including one that later defended his unconstitutional voter ID bill) that are among his biggest campaign contributors;” Ohio, where Governor John Kasich’s “privatized economic development agency has failed to deliver promised jobs, but is receiving a huge stream of funds from...

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Judge who stopped Wisconsin campaign finance probe tied to Koch-funded junkets

Federal judge attended multiple seminars funded by anti-campaign finance groups By Chris Young, Center for Public Integrity – The federal judge who ordered an end to an investigation into possible illegal campaign coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups during two recent recall elections regularly attended expenses-paid judicial conferences sponsored by conservative organizations including the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation — groups that have funded efforts against campaign finance reform. In a 26-page decision issued on May 6, Judge Rudolph Randa of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ordered prosecutors to immediately halt its long-running investigation into the campaign spending and fundraising activities of Walker, the Wisconsin Club for Growth and other conservative groups. Prosecutors were trying to determine whether the Walker campaign and the conservative groups were illegally coordinating campaign strategies at the time of the 2011 and 2012...

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