Denver (AP) Colorado's governor awarded some of the state's
first stimulus money to his former employer in a no-bid contract.
Ritter hired his former law firm, Washington-based Hogan &
Hartson, in a no-bid contract to review stimulus spending.
The firm has been paid $40,000 in stimulus money through June, the Denver Post reported Friday.
Aides to the governor insisted the contract was properly awarded.
The state Attorney General's Office deemed the contract necessary to allow the state to have speedy legal advice about stimulus money.
The contract is too small to require competitive bidding.
Ritter worked for the Denver office of Hogan & Hartson in 2005,
leaving the following year when he ran for governor.