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Breaking News: Lottery Contract Withdrawn

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi just testified at a D.C. Council hearing moments ago that he and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) have agreed to withdraw a controversial new lottery contract to a nine-month-old company.

Some council members raised questions about the proposal and the firm's principals, including an owner of a building with housing code violations and a Ward 1 advisory neighborhood commissioner.

Gandhi said he will do more research on the company and its principals before potentially resubmitting a new proposal to the mayor.

By David A Nakamura  |  April 9, 2008; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  City Finances , David Nakamura  
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Gee, a city contract going to people with ties to city government? What a shock.

Posted by: cambel | April 9, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm....sounds like DC

Posted by: Disenchanted by Government | April 9, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

What I'd like to know is why the DC government has allowed LTE to keep such a lucrative contract for 25 years?? ...that's totally crazy and it stinks. The government needs to do an investigation into how that can be!

Posted by: anti-cronyism-dude | April 9, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Will the city now withdraw a 10 Million Gift to the Ford Theater in the Mayor's 2009 budget. Folks, this is a FEDERAL facility. WHY, ON EARTH, is the District giving this place 10 MILLION DOLLARS when the city ITSELF is facing budget shortcomings. Since when does a U.S. City donate money to a Federal institution? I thought the Mayor was all about cutting waste. I wonder who helped out his campaign that has connections to the Ford Theater.

If the council lets this pass...Well, we will then know how effective their legislative oversight is. REPLACE THEM ALL.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

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