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Last year, the City of Baltimore was taking contract offers from companies to install smart water meters to improve billing. But, as Mark Reutter of the Baltimore Brew put it, the contract was “greased from the beginning” to go to Dynis, a cell-tower repair company with no prior experience with the technology—but that was wired to City Hall through one of the most important movers of campaign cash to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a man named J.P. Grant. This, even though Dynis’ bid, at $185 million, was by far the highest. The Brew blew up the situation with its coverage, and ultimately the deal went to an experienced water-meter company that bid less than $85 million. As CP’s Ed Ericson Jr. tweeted at the time: “Baltimore Brew pretty much single-handedly saved Balto taxpayers $100m, looks like. Thanks, guys.”

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