When James Ryan Williams and James Montee started revising their fee office bids, they raised some eyebrows. In several bids they drastically reduced the amount of money returned to the state (in the case of Lee's Summit, by more than 40%) and somehow managed to narrowly win the fee offices and make a lot o money in the process.
Now they've caught the attention of the Associated Press:
"JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) —A friend and the ex-husband of Missouri Auditor Susan Montee have amassed millions of dollars of contracts from Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration under a new competitive bidding system that was supposed to eliminate political favoritism in awarding state license offices.
Attorney James Montee and business associate James Ryan Williams won several of the lucrative contracts despite scaling back initial promises to pay the state sizable chunks of their profits. The difference to their pocketbooks could be an extra $360,000 they otherwise would have paid to the state."
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