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Despite Stand, Riley Aides Put Contract At AUM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has been critical of
legislators hiding state funds for special projects in the budgets
of universities. But he has defended a $13 million computer
contract that initially was steered by his own Finance Department
through Auburn University Montgomery, avoiding legislative review.

Riley's press secretary, Todd Stacy, said Friday the contract
that went through AUM was different from state funds being hidden
in university budgets by legislators, a practice known as
"pass-through pork."

But the chairman of the Legislature's Contract Review Committee
disagreed.

State Rep. Alvin Holmes, a Democrat from Montgomery, said the
Riley administration's use of AUM to give the contract to Paragon
Source was the same as the practice Riley has been criticizing.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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