Last September, when everybody connected with Mid-Central Educational Cooperative and the Department of Education was running scared from possible connections to the exploding GEAR UP scandal, former Secretary of Education Rick Melmer forgot the thousand-dollar checks he got from Mid-Central and claimed he wasn’t working for the cooperative in 2012.
I have what appears to be a draft of a contract under which Rick Melmer would have earned his nine $1,000 checks from Mid-Central for consulting work from August 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013:
This document is a draft, not a signed copy, so I can’t say for sure that these are the exact terms of Melmer’s service to Mid-Central during this period. But note that one of of the obligations specified above is for Melmer to “Draw on past positions and experiences to assist with the successful implementation of the grants.” Gee: that sounds a lot like writing old-time cronyism—use your connections in Pierre—right into this public contract.
Recall that this contract was just prelude to the big money: the following year, Mid-Central arranged for six figures to flow to Melmer for leveraging his past positions and experience in service of Mid-Central’s grant-shuffling schemes.