Boise’s City fathers and mothers are willing to shell out $110,000 for a “Federal Government Relations Services” contractor (lobbyist) according to a pending RFP–request for proposal. However word from Congress as we creep toward the so-falled fiscal cliff is “no more earmarks” (pork barrel grants).
Among the bidders are the mayor’s friends Brian Cronin and former U.S. Congressman Walt Minnick who was two ousted in 2010 by Raul Labrador. Minnick has a consulting firm in Washington. Interesting the mayor is willing to spend $110K for a Washington insider after getting a salary hike to about the same amount. Unfortunate the city elected officials are unable to take care of city politics without expensive outside consultants.
The city has done all the proper advertising and posting of the RFP which seeks someone to:
“PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SERVICES APPROPRIATE TO A GENERAL PURPOSE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT SERVING OVER 200,000 RESIDENTS, INCLUDING IDENTIFICATION AND TRACKING OF CONGRESSIONAL AND FEDERAL AGENCY ISSUES AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES, CONGRESSIONAL SESSION MONITORING AND ADVOCACY.”
The bid has not been awarded and is awaiting evaluation by a committee. The RFP comes from the office of the mayor.
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