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.