InsiderAdvantage is told by usually reliable sources— rightly or wrongly— that the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI are further widening its probe of the current Atlanta city hall bribery/contracting scandal.
A subpoena delivered to Atlanta’s law department in February was the first indication of broadening the scope into pay-to-play bribery for numerous city contracts. Indeed, an 11-point demand by the feds required the city to turn over conflict-of-interest disclosures by fired procurement officer Adam Smith, as well as all documents he controlled relating to contracts of $1 million or more since Jan. 1, 2014.
This means that the probe’s focus is bound to turn toward controversial airport contracting. And remember that Smith was close to Mayor Kasim Reed, who exercises tight control over the city airport department’s contracting. Remember, too, that Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport – the world’s busiest air terminus– ranks as perhaps the worst in the United States as measured by longtime cronyism and corruption.
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