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NY Gov. Hochul Caught in Huge Lie After Claiming She Was ‘Not Aware’ Company That Landed $637 Million No-Bid Contract Was Campaign Donor

New York’s Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul paid a New Jersey-based company $637 million for COVID tests during the Omicron wave.

The company, Digital Gadgets, received up to $13 per unit – some companies charge as low as $5.

The company is tied to almost $300,000 in donations to Hochul’s campaign.

In July, Hochul claimed she was “not aware” that the company awarded the no-bid contract was a campaign donor.

It turns out that was a lie.

According to a new report by the Times Union, a month before the Hochul administration awarded the $637 million contract for Covid tests, the company’s founder threw the Democrat governor a campaign fundraiser.

“Gov. Hochul has said she was ‘not aware’ a company that landed $637M in no-bid payments was a campaign donor. But a month before the huge deal was struck, records show, the head of the company threw a campaign fundraiser for Hochul,” The Times Union reported.

The Times Union reported:

Gov. Kathy Hochul maintains that when her administration paid a vendor $637 million last winter for COVID-19 tests, she was unaware the recipient was a campaign donor.

“I was not aware that this was a company that had been supportive of me,” Hochul told reporters at a July 20 press briefing. “I don’t keep track of that. My team, they have no idea.”

Yet a month before the Hochul administration struck the deals, records show, the company’s founder threw an in-person campaign fundraiser for Hochul.

According to Hochul’s campaign disclosure forms, the Nov. 22 fundraiser was thrown by Charlie Tebele, founder of Digital Gadgets LLC. A month later, the company would begin reaping $637 million in payments from Hochul’s administration to facilitate the purchase of 52 million at-home, rapid coronavirus tests.

The deal was enabled by Hochul’s revived suspension of competitive bidding rules for the administration’s purchase of COVID-19 supplies — a policy change that had also been been put in place for a time by former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Through an emergency executive order, Hochul suspended those rules on Nov. 26, four days after the Tebele fundraiser.

The post NY Gov. Hochul Caught in Huge Lie After Claiming She Was ‘Not Aware’ Company That Landed $637 Million No-Bid Contract Was Campaign Donor appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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