Friends in High Places

Number 19649
Subject State Government
Source WTVF-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)
State Tennessee
Year 2002
Publication Date July 22, 23, 24, August 5, 7, September 9,10, 12, 13, 25, 30, October 1, 10, 16, November 14, 25, December 12, 16, 2002
Summary A WTVF-TV investigation exposed "a questionable relationship between Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist and some state contractors." The news station discovered that two long-time friends of the governor received contracts for work from the state totalling almost $200 million. In one case, one of the companies was given a no-bid, $2 million contract with the explanation that this company was "the only company in Tennessee that has experience" for the job. The company in question, however, was incorporated just six days prior to that statement.
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Keywords Tennessee;Governor Don Sundquist;state contractors;state government;governor;ethics;TennCare TAPE;TRANSCRIPT
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