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Comptroller once thought JLL commission deal ‘suspicious’

Phil Williams has collected emails from state officials involved in a multi-million dollar contract for managing state buildings, focusing on the commission Jones Lang LaSalle receives. An excerpt from the WTVF-TV report:
Three months later, state Comptroller Justin Wilson’s staff discovered JLL was negotiating new lease agreements and telling landlords they would be expected to pay an extra 4 percent commission to the firm if they wanted to lease the state a building.
“A commission to JLL at first blush seems very wrong,” Wilson emailed his staff. “I am suspicious to say the least.”
He was suspicious because, when JLL put in a bid for the state’s business, they were asked how much extra they would charge to work on leases.
Their contract said: $0.00.
Notes from contract reviewers in the comptroller’s office show that an attorney working for General Services Commissioner Steve Cates “agreed that there was no statute, rule or policy that authorized the commission, nor did the contract authorize it. It was her understanding that, since the Lessor and not the State was paying JLL the commission, it was OK.”

But Wilson subsequently wound up approving the arrangement as a member of the State Building Commission. The TV station says his office won’t discuss the matter now because the Department of General Services is going through a scheduled audit and the contract is part of that review.

‘Suspicious Letter’ Shows Up at Alexander’s Nashville Office

Crews responding to a suspicious letter at U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Nashville office decontaminated one person who came in contact with the letter and have sent it to the state lab to be analyzed further, reports The City Paper.
The FBI, along with Metro police and fire crews, responded to a call of a suspicious package around 2 p.m. Thursday at 3322 West End Ave., the building that houses Capitol Records and the local offices of Alexander and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.
Fire department Deputy Chief Kim Lawson said crews responded to Alexander’s office, isolated the letter and decontaminated a woman who worked in the office. Lawson said there have been no reports of illness associated with the letter so far.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that several members of Congress had received “threatening letters containing a suspicious powdery substance,” which turned out to be harmless. Reuters, citing an unnamed “U.S. law enforcement official,” also reported Wednesday evening that TV personalities Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert received letters stating that all 100 U.S. senators would receive letters, 10 of which “would contain a deadly pathogen.”

Suspicious Letter Forwarded to FBI

A suspicious letter was intercepted in the Capitol Hill mail room Thursday and has been turned over to the FBI, according to Tennessee state government officials.
From Andrea Zelinski’s TNReport:
Officials have declined to identify who the letter was addressed to or what it contained that drew attention to it.
Upon noticing the letter Thursday morning, mail room staff contacted the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who contacted the state’s Emergency Management Agency, according to Jennifer Donnals, a spokeswoman for the Department of Safety. The case is now in the hands of the FBI, she said.
The mail room, located on the ground floor of the Capitol Building, was blocked off in the morning and remained blocked off in the afternoon.