A neat little timeline on how our Top Democrat did it. And yes... the Speaker of the House is far more powerful than our Democrat Gov.
Dubious dealings: A DiMasi-Cognos timeline
By Ed Mason | Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Here is a timeline on the alleged DiMasi-Cognos dealings leading up to yesterday’s indictment, according to the U.S. Attorney.
: Lobbyist Richard McDonough and Cognos executive Joseph Lally Jr. hire “ P.A.” - a lawyer who’s worked with then House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi - as local counsel for the Canadian software firm. They allegedly will use P.A. to funnel money to DiMasi.
“It’s about time we got business like this,” DiMasi says.
April 15 - Dec. 1, 2005
: - DiMasi receives six $4,000 payments and one $8,000
: Funding for first Cognos contract passes the House. Lally e-mails firm: “Great News!! We need to get this thru Senate and we will have a $4.5 m deal in July. It’s coming together perfectly.”
: DiMasi pal and accountant Richard Vitale, through Washington North Realty Corp., gives DiMasi unusual $250,000 third mortgage.
: Cognos contract signed July 31.
: Cognos and Lally start pushing second $15 million deal.
: Vitale e-mails Lally: “I will be with sal on golf trip and will work on all the issues with him.”
: P.A. has not received Cognos checks. Lally writes to Cognos “Executive A”: “We don’t want to piss anyone off this late in the game.”
On or about Dec. 13
: Cognos sends P.A. $25,000; money forwarded to DiMasi.
March 23 2007
: Legislature OKs $15 million for performance management software but leaves it up to Administration and Finance Secretary Leslie Kirwan to choose.
:Lally e-mails Cognos, concerned Kirwan doesn’t like the deal: “Sal said when he wants something done within his domain he is ultimately going to get what he wants....We have a rogue Secretary.”
: A Cognos official e-mails Lally: “Please be sure to thank Dick and Sal for getting the contract closed.”