"Because of the short deadline and the expertise needed to put together these broadband grants, we thought it was necessary to get somebody with their technical expertise," Cardetti said of Baller's law firm.This is the second time this month that Nixon's office and its grant writers have made headlines. On September 8, Nixon's office hired recently retired Post-Dispatch features editor Christy Bertelson to a $100,000-a-year gig writing grants for federal stimulus money. (A relatively cheap contract compared to the one Baller has.)
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