| Tell New York State officials: Stop the no-bid contract to News Corp!
News Corporation’s growing phone hacking scandal has shut down one newspaper, led to ten arrests, numerous resignations, and now, an FBI investigation into allegations that News Corp staff may have sought to hack the voicemail of victims of 9/11 and their families.
Yet despite this unfolding scandal, the state of New York is preparing to finalize a $27 million no-bid contract to News Corporation subsidiary Wireless Generation, for educational and testing software.1
It’s shocking that the State could award a contract to a company that is currently under investigation for spying on Americans, including potentially 9/11 victims.
Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Schneiderman, and Comptroller DiNapoli have the power to stop this no-bid contract from being approved — and that’s exactly what they should do.
Even without the investigation, this deal stinks.
Murdoch’s News Corporation purchased Wireless Generation late last year, and just after, New York City Schools chief Joel Klein announced he was leaving his post to head Wireless Generation. In June, just seven months later, Wireless Generation was awarded the $27 million no-bid contract by the state.
Now, as his empire is consumed in scandal, Murdoch has tapped Klein to head the effort to respond to government investigations, which means, as ThinkProgress puts it “that New York is readying to hand over tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer dollars to a corporation that may have hacked 9/11 victims and which is being defended in the scandal by a man who once was a high-ranking official in New York City government.”2
New York State officials simply should not award this contract while News Corp remains under federal investigation. Let’s make sure state officials know just how many New Yorkers are watching this closely.
Thank you for taking action.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
1. “Mired In Scandal, News Corp Seeks New York State’s Signoff For $27 Million No-Bid Contract,” ThinkProgress, July 14, 2011