Lock the Revolving Door

Boulder County plays fast and loose with bidding rules

By  | The Denver Post

You have to look long and hard to find old-style political corruption in Colorado, with money changing hands and bulging bank accounts.

In the Centennial State, we prefer to stretch the ethical envelope in more subtle fashion — such as bestowing government contracts on family, friends or hand-picked companies in defiance of rules mandating an impartial bidding process.

Consider such an attempt under way in Boulder County. Elected officials there want to make the county a leader in sustainable agriculture and seem determined to award a valuable contract for a center of research and innovation to a favored entity — the Rodale Institute of Pennsylvania — even though Rodale turned in a slipshod proposal that county staff panned.

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