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Labs reimburse big bucks paid to Wilson

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By Hal Rhodes

Controversy seems to follow Heather Wilson wherever she goes.
Only a couple of months ago, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology announced that the former New Mexico congresswoman had been selected as its new president.
Then, just a couple of weeks ago, the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota filed this report: “Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, set to begin work (at the school) on Monday, received nearly $450,000 in questionable payments from four federally funded nuclear labs after she left office, the Energy Department’s inspector general said in a new report.” The newspaper further reported that “South Dakota School of Mines and Technology officials declined Tuesday (June 11) to comment on the controversy swirling.”
 That same day, however, the Albuquerque Journal found an administrator with the school’s board of regents who tried to calm matters by saying, “Unless some other revelation takes place, I think we’re OK.”
Turns out the private firms responsible for managing the four United States labs had contracted with Wilson and paid her almost a half-million dollars without receiving documentation from the ex-congresswoman attesting that she had indeed earned those big bucks.


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