If you’re in the printing and mailing business and need work, make a donation to Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s campaign. Don’t concern yourself with Virginia’s local government conduct Statute.
This article applies to generally prohibited conduct that shall be unlawful and to state and local government officers and employees.
(1987, Sp. Sess., c. 1, § 2.1-639.3; 2001, c. 844.)
No officer or employee of a state or local governmental or advisory agency shall:
3. Offer or accept any money or other thing of value for or in consideration of the use of his public position to obtain a contract for any person or business with any governmental or advisory agency;
Would Delgaudio’s tax-dollar-concerned supporters claim that a pattern of campaign contributions followed by contracts is mere coincidence? Anything’s possible. Let’s look at the Supervisor’s 2012 printing and bulk mailing contracts (red) and Campaign donations from MDI Imaging and Mail and Consolidated Mailing (green). I guess they could say it only happened twice. That’s not a pattern…is it?
<td >MDI IMAGING AND MAIL County disbursement (6020-Printing and Binding) DocNO CV12008839-01
|DATE||CAMPAIGN DONATION||TAXPAYER EXPENSE||DESCRIPTION|
|1/4/12||$250.00||MDI Imaging & Mail Itemized cash contribution to Delgaudio for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – Eugene|
|3/12/12||$3,327.61||MDI IMAGING AND MAIL County disbursement (6020-Printing and Binding) DocNo CV12007709-01|
|3/29/12||$3,291.95||MDI IMAGING AND MAIL County disbursement (6020-Printing and Binding) DocNo CV12008361-01|
|$8,327.86||MDI contract costs|
|5/5/12||$1,000.00||Consolidated Mailing In-kind donation: Labor and Other Printing to Delgaudio for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – Eugene|
|7/24/12||$2,300.00||CONSOLIDATED MAILING SERVICES INC County disbursement (6020-Printing and Binding) DocNo CV12011609-01|
|10/4/12||$2,300.00||CONSOLIDATED MAILING SERVICES INC County disbursement (6020-Printing and Binding) DocNo RP186388-01|
|10/4/12||$475.00||CONSOLIDATED MAILING SERVICES INC County disbursement (6020-Printing and Binding) DocNo RP186389-01|
|$5,075.00||Consolidated contract costs|
|$1,250.00||Total gifts to Supervisor Delgaudio|
|$13,402.86||Total taxpayer expenditures|
See anything odd? Maybe MDI Imaging should have made a
investment campaign contribution in May. Consolidated came through with a $1000 in-kind. Subsequently, Consolidated received $5075 in county contracts. The switch from MDI to Consolidated was rather abrupt. Eugene’s order to his aide, “Patten, Joe” (firstname.lastname@example.org) is cut and pasted from an email received in a FOIA response. The emphasis is mine. “BILL AND HIMANI” are the MDI points of contact. Notice that Eugene is directing staff from his campaign email, erols.com, not his loudoun.gov account.
From: Eugene Delgaudio [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 1:17 PM
To: Patten, Joe
Subject: Fwd: PURCHASE ORDER TO SEND TO BILL AND HIMANI
june 4 2012
this is the LAST PURCHASE ORDER for postcards to MDI
they did not comply with this order as requested.
i would like to try Consolidated.
CONFIRMATION OF LIST
the LIST SELECT MUST BE FOUND AND CONFIRMED WITH ME BY
FAXING ME TEN SHEETS TO CONFIRM IT IS THE RIGHT LIST.
ORDER FOR NEWSLETTER
There is a an order for printing the newsletter and I can not find it.
See if you can find an order to MDI from Fred concerning newsletter.
(this is an order for cards) from February. I can not find it.
Send me the order so I can use it to prepare a new order. Thank you.
And what do the taxpayers get out of $13,402.86 in expenditures, a bunch of propaganda? Yup. But somebody must benefit from these mailings. Guess who, a Congressman and other supervisors? Yes and yes. Stay tuned.
(By the way, we don’t want to suggest any misconduct by the companies mentioned above. As for Mr. Delgaudio, though, we think–again–that the facts speak for themselves.)