Spend Management in Illinois: “If they don't perform, Fu^$ ‘em”

My Governor Rod, who uttered the above-statement regarding a "pay-to-play" supplier who was not living up to his cash side of the bargain according to the Feds, has finally been indicted. According to the above-linked Chicago Tribune article, "The criminal complaint alleges Blagojevich expected an unnamed highway concrete contractor to raise a half-million dollars for his campaign fund in exchange for state money for the tollway project. "If they don't perform, (expletive) 'em," Blagojevich said, according to the complaint."

This is not the first time this has happened to the great State of Illinois. Our last Governor is currently behind bars. But this time it's worse, including what appears to be a conspiracy to auction off Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder. All of this raises a number of interesting questions, pointed out by a loyal Spend Matters reader.

- Does paying off the governor count as hedging against risk?

- How do I add the governor's office into my SRM system?

- How do I classify these payments in my spend analysis system? What about payoffs to the governor's wife vs. payoffs to the governor's office? What about payments to the governor's re-election fund? What is the UNSPC classification of this spend or is a custom taxonomy required?

- Can I enter the governor's office into my e-procurement system? Does the governor's office have a punch-out for pay-offs?

Got any other questions you want to get out on the table for the Spend Matters community to answer regarding Spend Management in Illinois? Post a comment.

- Jason Busch

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