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Pa. Senate Democrat takes aim at no-bid contracts

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Sen. Anthony Williams
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A proposal to level the playing field and curb “pay-to-play” practices over government contracts is circulating in the state Senate.

Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, said he plans to introduce legislation aimed at preventing no-bid contract awards to political campaign donors.

"This system of 'pay-to-play' corrupts the fair and open principles outlined by the commonwealth's procurement code while funneling millions of dollars to well-connected firms for services that could be handled by commonwealth agencies," Williams said in a memo that is circulating for co-sponsorship.

His proposal would amend the procurement code so that contributors who give more than $500 would be subject to competitive bidding processes for any contract valued at more than $10,000. This would affect contributions to campaign committees of elected officials in both the executive and legislative branches and to state, county or city political parties, Williams said.

"Subjecting all entities, businesses and nonprofits, to competitive bidding for all goods and services will ensure a process free from political gamesmanship and the appearance of corruption," Williams said.

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