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Resource ID: #25250
Subject: Contracts
Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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Date: March 29, 2011; April 3, 2011; April 10, 2011; April 21, 2011; April 27, 2011; May 1, 2011; May 11, 2011; May 26, 2011; June 6, 2011; August 21, 2011

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The series explored favoritism and ethical lapses in the way Sarasota County government awarded lucrative contracts to private vendors. We found that the county relied too much on "piggybacking," a purchasing shortcut that allowed low and middle-level employees to essentially award contracts to whoever they wanted without bids.

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