NJ Court Backs Gov't Contract Denial For Political Donor

Law360, New York (May 15, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT) -- Clarifying pay-to-play restrictions for government contractors, a New Jersey appeals court said Tuesday that an environmental consultant was correctly barred from winning a state contract because the company made a political contribution within 18 months of when bids were due.

Langan Engineering and Environmental Services Inc. unsuccessfully argued that under state law, a company can't participate in a government contract topping $17,500 for 18 months after making certain political campaign contributions, not 18 months preceding the due date for bids.

“Accepting appellant's argument, that the 18-month...
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