Agreement between Pa. Gov. and plaintiffs firm again challenged

The timeline is:

Feb. 23, 2006 – Mr. Bailey contributes airplane travel valued at $9,200 to Gov. Rendell’s re-election campaign.

March 3, 2006 – Mr. Bailey contributes $50,000 to Gov. Rendell’s re-election campaign.

May 12, 2006 – Gov. Rendell’s Office of General Counsel sends the Pennsylvania Attorney General a “Request for Delegation” of authority

May 24, 2006 – The Attorney General grants the Request for Delegation

June 30, 2006 – Mr. Bailey contributes $25,000 to the Democratic Governors Association.

Aug. 14, 2006 – Mr. Bailey signs a contingent fee contract with the Commonwealth of pennsylvania, acting by and through the Governor’s Office of General Counsel.

Sept. 15, 2006 – Mr. Bailey contributes airplane travel valued at $6,900 to Gov. Rendell’s re-election campaign.

Sept. 19, 2006 – Effective date of contingent fee contract between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting by and through the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, with Bailey Perrin.

Oct. 23, 2006 – Governor’s General Counsel’s Office mails the contingent fee contract to Mr. Bailey.

Oct. 30, 2006 – Mr. Bailey contributes another $25,000 to Gov. Rendell’s re-election campaign.

Feb. 26, 2007 – Bailey Perrin files the initial complaint on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, c/o Office of General Counsel.

“The limited role of the OGC is apparent from the face of the Complaint, which was signed not by the Governor’s General Counsel or anyone from her office but by lawyers from a private Philadelphia law firm serving as local counsel to Bailey Perrin,” the application says.

Moreover, the Complaint was not verified by any Commonwealth officer or employee. The verification attached to the Complaint — attesting that the signatory is ‘in a better position than any individual officer or employee of the agencies of the Commonwealth Plaintiff to present this verification’ — was signed by Fletcher V. Trammell, Esquire, a Bailey Perrin lawyer.”

Legal Newsline
4/15/9