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As ’60 Minutes’ dives into DeSantis, Newsom’s no-bid contracts come under glare

As 60 Minutes finds itself in hot water over selective editing of its coverage into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, propping up minimal allegations of conflict of interest, a growing number of questions have emerged for California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

At the center of it all? No-bid contracts issued by Newsom to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the examples of Newsom’s hand-picked deals:

  • He awarded a no-bid contract worth over $221 million this year alone for UnitedHealth subsidiary OptumServe to help with vaccine delivery.
  • Another no-bid agreement was extended by $61 million.
  • He awarded a $176 million no-bid contract for a UnitedHealth subsidiary to deliver vaccines.
  • A $15 million no-bid contract with insurance giant Blue Shield as the state’s third-party administrator for vaccine distribution.
  • A highly-criticized no-bid $1 billion contract with Chinese manufacturer BYD for hundreds of millions of N95 and surgical masks.

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The San Joaquin Valley Sun
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