Female CEO Loses Lottery Contract for Nondiversity

Joe Battenfeld and Hillary Chabot, Boston Herald, July 8, 2013

The state Lottery’s lucrative advertising contract, the source of the political downfall of former state Treasurer Tim Cahill, is again under fire after a marketing firm led by a prominent Boston businesswoman lost the bid under the state’s diversity program.

The Patrick administration is defending the award of the $5 million Lottery contract to Connelly Partners, which is not owned by a woman or a minority but got credit for doling out a paltry $12,000 subcontract to a woman-owned vendor.

The losing bidder, Judy Habib, CEO of KHJ Brand Activation, got the highest points for cost and presentation but scored lower because her firm didn’t promise to partner with a minority or woman-owned firm for subcontract work.

Habib is challenging the contract award because she says the state’s diversity plan and the Lottery, under 
Treasurer Steven Grossman, failed to give her credit for running a woman-owned business.

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Lottery and Patrick administration officials say Habib’s firm lost because it failed to fill out a form promising to give a small piece of the contract to a woman- or minority-owned firm. Habib says she didn’t fill it out because her firm is already certified as a woman-owned business and believed she would get credit for that under the state’s diversity plan.

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A spokeswoman for the Patrick administration said the agency is standing by the Lottery’s contract decision even though Gov. Deval Patrick has championed diversity and signed an executive order in 2005 reinforcing that the state agencies give preference to minority- and women-owned businesses when awarding large contracts.

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  • Spartacus

    “Deval Patrick has championed diversity and signed an executive order in
    2005 reinforcing that the state agencies give preference to minority-
    and women-owned businesses when awarding large contracts.”

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    Of course he did… God forbid he take into account competency, experience, prior work or any other “social constructs”…

    • Except Deval Patrick wasn’t Governor until January 4, 2007, as he ran for and won in 2006. Either that’s a misprint, or it really was signed in 2005, which means the Governor at the time signed it.

      Who was Governor of Massachusetts in 2005?

      Mitt Romney.

      • The__Bobster

        A member of the Democratic Party, prior to being elected Governor he served as the United States Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division under President Bill Clinton. He was first elected in 2006, succeeding Mitt Romney who chose not to run, and again in 2010. He is the first African-American Governor of Massachusetts.

  • IstvanIN

    And the nit-wits in Massachusetts elected and reelected Devil Patrick. And what is a Judy Habib? Sounds like an old time New England family name.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      I’m sure the Habib family was well-represented on the Mayflower’s roster of passengers.

  • Sit back and take it, you white, sissified, castrated serfs up there in New England. Why stop at a certain percentage? I say they should award the full 100% of contracts to minorities. I doubt whitey is going to do anything about it.

    • Manaphy

      in my former home state of New Hampshire, Bantus only made up 2% of the population. Our governor Maggie Hassan still signed many DIE-versity laws into effect. Most New Englanders live their whole lives without seeing any black faces, and yet they elect senators and representatives who push for, write, design, and sponsor amnesty bills designed to change the demographics of the rest of the country permanently (John McCain and Ted Kennedy confessed as much when they went on Bill O’Rielly’s show in 2007). In New England, outside of Boston, there is a “diversity for thee, but not for me” sentiment which echoes throughout all Left-wing ideologies and an unmentionable ethno-religious group.

  • WR_the_realist

    She who lives by diversity dies by diversity. Judy Habib should have taken the principled stand and argued that the diversity requirements are racial and sexual discrimination.

    • Sick of it

      Since she has doubtlessly benefited from them, I doubt she will ever turn against said discriminatory practices.

  • MekongDelta69

    You live by DIE-versity, you die by DIE-versity…
    Btw, isn’t “Habib” an Arabic and/or muslim name(?) – and if so, wouldn’t that make her a member of the ‘protected classes’? And besides, being a women, she already is a member of the ‘perpetually oppressed.’

    Edit:
    I should have read the post from WR below before posting. Oh well – great minds think alike!

    • OlderWoman

      Some people in California call the muslims who own 711’s “Habib’s” or ‘Q-tips’.

      • In reality, the turban-wearing Q-tips are never named “Habib”. They’re almost always either “Singh” or “Patel”. Singh is the name for a de-casted Sikh. It means “Lion”.

        Habib is an Arabic name that means “Sweetie”.

  • bigone4u

    Government at all levels is nothing but race racketeering. As Obungler said, gotta spread the wealth around. Not my wealth, not any more, if I can figure out a way to beat the system.

  • dave

    diversity is anti-white along with affirmative action,political correctness and multiculturalism.

  • connorhus

    See how these Femocrats scream when their own rules come back to bite em. She thought her Feminist owned business would be enough to satisfy all aspects of the social engineering contract. Once they get the power it is all about consolidating it to just them.

    • The__Bobster

      Decades ago, the feminists cut a deal with the minorities to support quotas if they could be cut in on the deal. Now that the minorities no longer need their help, they’ve been cast aside.

    • Judy Habib made an error. She thought her firm was allowed to all the work ….. she didn’t realize that when you receive government contracts in certain places that there is literally a requirement that you share a portion of the proceeds with with a no-work “gibsmedat” firm.

  • The Massachusetts state lottery folks take bribes.

    The mafia is more honest than this, and their numbers rackets pay off better.