When the Winning Bid is $100,000 Higher

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Pullman & Comley, a Bridgeport law firm with ties to the Malloy administration, won a lucrative contract to serve as general counsel for the state’s newly formed airport authority, despite a bid that was more than $100,000 higher than another finalist’s, the Courant’s Dave Altimari reports.

The contract drew bids from 13 law firms in Connecticut and beyond, and among three finalists was Pullman & Comley, with a fee estimate of about $270,000 for the one-year contract; and Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, with estimated fees of $161,215. Pullman & Comley is the former law firm of Andrew McDonald, Malloy’s general counsel. The firm also won the contract to negotiate the state’s deal with Jackson Laboratory, and has won several contracts recently to serve as bond counsel in cities headed by Democrats.

The chairman of the search committee that selected Pullman  & Comley for the airport job said politics played no role in the choice and that there was no pressure to select the firm. He said after meeting with the three finalists, committees members agreed unanimously that Pullman & Comley had made the best presentation and would be the best choice.

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10 thoughts on “When the Winning Bid is $100,000 Higher

  1. RustedRoot

    This does not pass the smell test. Were I chairman of a government committee that awarded a contract to a law firm which bid 67% higher than another finalist (what did the 3rd finalist bid?) — irrespective of its connections to the governor — I would insist on full disclosure pro-actively to avoid any sense of impropriety. Beyond that, this committee had a responsibility to clarify its decision further BECAUSE of the firms connection with Malloy. Without transparency I would conclude politics had EVERYTHING to do with the decision. Ethics committee investigation anyone? And what will that cost taxpayers?

  2. Enlightened

    This firm gets around, doesn’t it? As a Milford resident, I have to wonder if our new mayor for whom I had such high hopes is just another piece of scum floating in the muck. I agree with the above poster–this smells funny.

    Worse still, our local papers don’t report any of this. I guess I know where I need to get my news now.

  3. american eagle

    The end of this term will not come soon enough.The committee has no vested interest in keeping costs down. Every time an union contract comes up the person negotiating on the side of the taxpayer is usually an elected official that needs their votes and gives them more so he can get his FAT pension..

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