One of Hochul’s Biggest Donors Gets Awarded Major Contract

One of Hochul's Biggest Donors Gets Awarded Major Contract

This Top Governor Awarded Huge Contract To One Of Her Biggest Donors

( – Money can tell many stories, from who is friends with whom to what is important to a person or administration. It’s understandable, then, that citizens watch where their hard-earned taxpayer money goes, especially when someone new is in charge of it. So, when New York Governor Kathy Hochul sent over $600 million to a company run by a major Democratic donor, people took note.

Between December 2021 and March 2022, the New York Department of Health (NY DOH) paid $637 million to Digital Gadgets, LLC in exchange for at-home COVID tests. Charlie Tebele owns the New Jersey-based business, which also makes hoverboards and other quirky electronic devices. Tebele’s family has given almost $300,000 directly to Hochul for her campaign.

This expense was the result of a no-bid contract from the NY DOH. It was made possible by the governor’s November state-of-emergency order extension that removed the requirement of a bidding process for COVID-related purchases and oversight from the state’s comptroller’s office.

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also gave a major contract to Digital Gadgets; however, his administration stopped working with it after it failed to fulfill the contract for ventilators and “breathing kits.” Despite this poor business practice, Hochul continues to give her major donors lucrative deals.

A similar situation happened in Michigan with Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) when she asked a company that worked for her campaign to take over the state’s COVID contact tracing. Her office backed out of the deal when called out on this sketchy association.

Continued exposure of politicians who award contracts to their donors is essential if Americans want to know who has the power in this nation and whether or not it can be bought.

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