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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "GOP lawmaker at core of $1.7M complaint, raises revolving door questions"

That is the headline to Tom LoBianco's AP exclusive this evening. The story begins:

INDIANAPOLIS — A former top Indiana education official's role in the sale of $1.7 million worth of videoconferencing equipment to the state by Cisco Systems Inc., where he worked before and after holding that state position, has added to calls to strengthen Indiana's ethics laws amid a recent spate of boundary-pushing incidents.

Todd Huston left his Department of Education job as chief of staff to former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett in 2010 for a position with Cisco, where he had previously worked. He was involved in the 2012 sale of a new TelePresence videoconferencing system to the DOE that officials later determined was a waste of taxpayer money.

The story ends with links to a number of emails and calendar entries. But before you look at those, see this post on the IndyStar website this evening. It is the same LoBianco story, but ends with a timeline, which gives a good picture of the events at issue and links to the same emails and the like. Of particular interest is this Jan. 18, 2011 email from Huston to then-Louisiana School Superintendent Paul Pastorek to discuss both Cisco sales and Indiana education policy. You might call it the "two-hats" email.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 20, 2014 05:19 PM
Posted to Indiana Government