Machine Politics, Corruption
in Prince Georges
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This is a classic tale of machine politics, favoritism, racism, greed, and political
paybacks. Two facts make this story unique.
First, the protagonists are black.
Second, it was federal and state racial set-aside laws that gave Wayne Curry and his
cronies the power -- and the lack of oversight -- that enabled them to use taxpayer funds
to hand out their racial and political favors.
County Executive Wayne Curry has left behind a paper trail showing that his largest
campaign donors, his political allies, his neighbors, and his loyal ex-employees received
millions of dollars in tax-funded contracts, many of which were not even put out for
This Prince Georges County saga is a textbook study of how quota policies encourage and
enable the new, corrupt, and racist "black power".
The PG County black power structure strongly opposes term limits. If the County
Council cannot defeat term limits in November 2000, then 5 elected black officials,
including Hizzoner Curry, will be booted from office in 2002 when their two-term limit
Page 2: The Shady Stadium Deals (07/09/00)
"... more than 70 minority-owned companies received contracts [on the stadium] worth
in excess of $50 million on a stadium project completed in half the time it normally takes
to build one."
"The Curry administration
seemed particularly interested in helping a select group of companies. Using their
power over construction and occupancy permits at the stadium, the county executive and his
key aide on the stadium project threatened to delay the project unless specific companies
received contracts to work at the site, according to former Redskins team officials. At
least four firms won jobs as a result." -- Washington Post, July 9, 2000.
Page 3: County Staff, Political Donors Get Contracts (07/23/00)
"Two top advisers to Prince
George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry received consulting contracts not subject to
competitive bidding within days of leaving the county payroll, according to records
provided by the county."
"In both instances, the departing officials received contracts worth far more than
their county salaries to do work similar to what they had done while on the county
payroll. A third consultant, who never worked for the county but managed Curry's first
campaign for county executive, also secured a no-bid contract worth as much as $175,000 a
year to review bond policy." -- Washington Post, July 23, 2000
Page 4: PG County
Race Card - Term Limits are Racist (10/24/00)
Wayne Curry and his black cronies on the county council don't want to give up their power
just because of a little thing like a term limits law. Unless the county council and
its black allies get term limits repealed on the November 2000 ballot, then 4 black
council members and Curry himself will be automatically ousted in 2002.
Not surprisingly, the black power structure in PG County and its Democratic allies have
strongly implied that term limits are racist.
END (1) Prince Georges County OVERVIEW