Metro Airport: The Price of Patronage

Number 18626
Subject Airports
Source Detroit News
State MI
Year 2001
Publication Date Dec. 2, 3
Summary In a two-day investigative series the Detroit News examines "cronyism and mismanagement at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport." The report reveals that the vast majority of the airport's contracts are negotiated with companies that contributed to the campaign of Wayne County Executive Edward McNamara. Not only did McNamara's donors win most of the airport's bidding procedures, but their contracts often received retroactive approval by the county commission. The almost total lack of competitive bidding hiked the airport's spending on contracts and put public safety at risk in at least one instance, the News reports.
Pages 30
Keywords politics;government contracts;airlines;educational credentials;management;donors;CAR
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