The capital city’s press agrees with me that hiring Lawrence & Schiller to advertise the state lottery without reading the contract smells of cronyism:
Is it just us, or does it seem hasty that the South Dakota Lottery Commission would hire Lawrence & Schiller of Sioux Falls as its new advertising and marketing firm without knowing the precise terms of the contract? Who does business that way? Well – aside from the state of South Dakota, we mean. But who else does business that way?
…Lawrence & Schiller might really be the best firm to land this contract, but the way this matter is being handled invites speculation of whether someone just wants this deal to go through, so skip the details. That’s unfortunate if Lawrence & Schiller has really simply put in the best proposal out there [editorial, “SD Lottery Decision Seems Too Hasty,” Pierre Capital Journal, 2015.06.14].
When state government’s hometown paper sees the same problem the liberal media sees in how the Governor’s appointees spend our money on the ruling party’s friends, you know there’s a problem. Take another drink, Pat, but even the thickest goggles can’t hide the cronyism and corruption of your political patrons.