Cahill’s got a new Pay to Play problem – RI company refiles suit

Sagging poll numbers, and RGA ads aren’t the only problems the floundering Tim Cahill campaign has to deal with this morning.  According to the Boston Globe Bingo Innovative Solutions of Rhode Island has refiled it’s suit against the Treasurer and Receiver General of the Commonwealth.

Bingo Innovative Software refiled its suit in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday after talks last week with the attorney general’s office aimed at settling the case fell apart. In its bid with the state Lottery Commission to televise bingo games, the company says it failed to get a contract because it has not been a major contributor to Cahill’s campaigns.

The reemergence of the legal battle comes at a sensitive time for Cahill, as he struggles to gain a foothold in the race for governor. Recent polls show him slipping far behind Governor Deval Patrick and Republican Charles D. Baker.

Cahill’s staff said he would not be available for comment. First Deputy Treasurer Grace Lee lashed out at the move by Bingo Innovative, accusing the company of making bogus allegations to put political pressure on the treasurer and clear the way for getting a contract with the Lottery Commission, which Cahill chairs.

The pay to play culture of the Treasurer’s office is well documented.  Attorney General Martha Coakley has been showing a somewhat independent streak over the past few weeks (against Deval’s gun legislation for instance) maybe the public corruption division will take a look.

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