Steve Simpson, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, was, until February 15, 2011, the Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. As Commissione, Simpson was responsible for approving all contracts with vendors who wished to do business with DPS.
One of the largest contracts Simpson signed as Commissioner was a $5,900,000.00 contract with L-1 Identity Solutions for automated drivers license kiosks. Simpson signed that back in 2008. Big deal, right?
Well, on February 2, 2011, 13 days prior to Simpson's planned exit from his job at DPS, Simpson signed a "change order" with L-1, which added an additional $63,600.00 to the price of the contract between DPS and L-1.
So, who, I ask, does Republican Attoreny General nominee Steve Simpson work for now? You got it, L-1 Identity Solutions. (Not that you'd know that from his Ethics filing, though.)
I have the documents to back all of this up, and will be posting them shortly.