The conservative lock on power in Georgia has created a zero accountability zone for state government.
One piece of evidence to prove this is Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s brazen decision to hire one of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top cronies using a no-bid contract.
Kemp is clearly in crisis mode. He’s still reeling from a massive data breach where he shared personal information, including Social Security numbers, of every Georgia voter with a “no compromise” gun lobby, a neo-Confederate political party and others.
But crisis or no crisis, Georgia’s no-bid contract law is clear.
When the state government spends money on a contract, every contract must be put out for a public bid unless “only one supplier is capable of providing the needed goods or services.”
Brian Robinson is not a unique unicorn. There are plenty of crisis communications professionals who have “extensive knowledge of the press and communication.”
But Kemp wants to award Robinson $72,000 — using taxpayer dollars — for political reasons.
We wanted to shine some sunlight on this backroom deal so we filed an official protest and an open records request.
Conservatives in Georgia think they can get away with anything.
They make the laws and then break the laws.
Open Records Request: