Frank Philips: Treasure Cahill’s Claim about a scandal free lottery glosses over the facts

Tim Cahill has been running an ad stating that he runs a scandal free lottery.  Frank Philips of the Boston Globe takes him to task over the ad.

Cahill, in his management of the lottery, has faced serious allegations that he engaged in a so-called pay-to-play scheme.

His decision in 2004 to extend the $21 million contract of Scientific Games International to provide 80 percent of the lottery’s scratch tickets drew criticism that the selection was an insider deal.

One of his closest friends and political associates, Thomas F. Kelly, was secretly on the Scientific Games payroll, drawing in excess of $132,000 in consulting fees over four years, to look after the giant gaming firm’s interest at the lottery. In that time, the lottery gave Scientific Games three one-year extensions worth more than $30 million.

With the 2004 contract decision pending, Kelly, one of Cahill’s chief fund-raisers, was also pushing the company’s executives to donate to the treasurer’s political committee. Top aides in Cahill’s office at the time were urging that Scientific Games’s share of the scratch ticket work be reduced. Cahill rejected the advice.

I thought as well that was an odd statement to be making in a television advertisement.

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  • Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno

    Is this another instance of me being judge, jury and executioner?  Just wondering.

  • As soon as Cahill made the decision to put that awkward line in his ad he asked for this article.  They might as well have added “look into that please” in parentheses.  

  • Ask the political people in Quincy.

    Ask the people who worked in the Treasury Dept. and have recently retired.

  • http://query.nytimes.com/gst/f

     Confidentiality Agreements Raise Questions on Ouster

    Published: November 9, 2005

    After a deputy state treasurer downloaded so much pornography that his office computer crashed, he quietly resigned. But the reason for his departure was not disclosed — not even to the state university that later hired him to fill a top finance post.

    Over the past two and a half years, he and at least five other Massachusetts Treasury Department employees have silently left after signing confidentiality agreements presented to them by the state treasurer, Timothy P. Cahill.

    The confidentiality agreements kept the circumstances of their departures secret and also prohibited them from speaking ill of the agency or of Mr. Cahill. If they violated the agreement, their remaining pay and benefits would be at risk.

    In addition, an agreement signed in August involved a former deputy treasurer, Jeff Stearns, whose computer was found to be loaded with pornography after it crashed and technicians began repairs.

    Treasury officials would not discuss any of the cases.

    Mr. Stearns went on to be hired as assistant vice chancellor for administration and finance at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Late last month, the university fired him after learning from The A.P. the circumstances of his departure at the Treasury Department.

    The department said the university never asked about Mr. Stearns. And Doug Rubin, the first deputy treasurer, said the agreement would not have made a difference if it had asked; the department’s normal privacy guidelines would have prevented the office from telling the university little more than Mr. Stearns’s salary and hiring dates.  

  • … whether this is a real candidacy? The last six weeks or so, Team Cahill has been putting up numbers that are roughly comparable to Team Stein’s.  Their “burn rate” is astronomical.  Cahill’s running mate is pulling in fewer dollars than a mediocre state rep candidate.  They are about to get a big infusion of public money because of the spending cap scam, but beyond that for all intents and purposes this campaign is not raising any money.  Sure money does not exactly equate to political support but surely it is an indicator.  These guys are cooked.  someone tell them.