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August 18, 2008 – Comments (4)

And in Brandon, N.Y., nearby, the town supervisor told Mr. Champagne that after a meeting during which he proposed a moratorium on wind towers, he had been invited to pick up a gift from the back seat of a wind company representative’s car. When the supervisor, Michael R. Lawrence, looked inside, according to his complaint to Mr. Champagne, he saw two company polo shirts and a leather pouch that he suspected contained cash.

When Mr. Lawrence asked whether the pouch was part of the gift, the representative replied, “That’s up to you,” according to the complaint.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/18/nyregion/18windmills.html?em

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#1) On August 18, 2008 at 3:15 PM, Tastylunch (29.48) wrote:

>Sigh<</p>

why am I not surprised?

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#2) On August 18, 2008 at 3:21 PM, FoolishChemist (97.03) wrote:

It's all speculation.  There wasn't a giant dollar sign on the pouch.  I once got a fanny pack that was bulky like it contained cash, but it was just the cardboard insert to help keep its shape.  And the "That's up to you" could just as easily mean maybe he didn't like the style and would prefer something from Old Navy.

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#3) On August 18, 2008 at 3:26 PM, borisvolodnikov (71.99) wrote:

Sure, it could mean all of those things, but it still comes off as sketchy.

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#4) On August 18, 2008 at 5:49 PM, TMFBent (99.83) wrote:

I'm betting it was dough. I'm from Virginia, MN, and remember a fable told to my father by someone who ran either the public utility (or the suppliers) about how at Christmastime back in the 20s and 30s, when this person was a boy, he'd ride around with Dad as $100 bills changed hands between the vendors and those charged with buying for the utility. These were "Christmas Gifts" of course, nothing like kickbacks or anything like that.

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