Take former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, for example. The current Secretary of Transportation seems to have done just that for the people and companies that contributed to the Political Action Committee funding his campaign.
This, though, is an issue that is being examined in large part because as Secretary of Transportation, Buttigieg is about to have control of a lot more in the way of infrastructure funds to distribute.
Government watchdogs say the pattern of donations and contracts could present the appearance of a “pay to play” scandal – and raises concerns over the $210 billion earmarked in the bipartisan infrastructure bill for Buttigieg to dish out in discretionary grants as transport secretary, part of a $1.2trillion budget.
‘This really doesn’t bode well for the secretary of transportation when he has access to almost $1.2trillion in infrastructure money.
‘This is alarming, and very concerning because this is the swamp personified. You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to look at this and think that something’s wrong here.
‘Was there a quid pro quo? Was there some sort of backroom deal for these projects? taxpayers deserve answers.’
According to the people in South Bend, Buttigieg had no hand in contract awards, and the Department of Transportation claims that the bidding process is transparent, but the records are clear. The people who donate tend to get government contracts.
Pay to play? If it walks like a duck…
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