Monday, March 8, 2010

Jimbo, Jimbo, Jimbo...

Jim Matthews takes campaign contributions from companies and then gives them no-bid contracts, bypassing County Ordinance 98-2 that says they must bid contracts out to at least 5 companies/entities before settling on a vendor.

Jim Matthews then has his solicitor explain it away by saying "well, we've always violated the ordinance enough that it's become the "de facto" way of doing things.

Jim Matthews makes monthly payments to "Ford Credit" (for over 2 years now) from his campaign fund. He also made two payments last year to USAA insurance and a $36 dollar car registration payment from his campaign fund.

Looks to me like you get to do business in Montgomery County if you contribute to his campaign fund enough to buy Jimbo a car. Oh, yeah, and pay down his $20,000 credit card bill.

Of course, this is the "de facto" way of running a campaign, isn't it? Not really the law, but you've been doing it this way for so long now... and isn't it kinda funny that the county solicitor is also Jimbo's campaign treasurer?

The Times Herald spells it all out here.


Crusty said...

The "House of Cards" is begining to shake and the good old boys are pointing at the lady, who is the only one talking and holding the bag. Notice how the three mousekaters are remaining quite. Think deal Diane!

Anonymous said...

No its not and you are wrong

Bill Shaw said...


"Not it's not and you are wrong"?

Elaborate, please...that 2nd grade, Pee Wee Herman-esque answer doesn't explain your position.

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