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Ex-Patrick Budget Chief: DiMasi Pushed Contract

By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press
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In this Nov. 12, 2009 file photo, former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi leaves federal court in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

In this Nov. 12, 2009 file photo, former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi leaves federal court in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A former budget official for Gov. Deval Patrick has testified that she was repeatedly pressed by former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi to sign off on a multimillion-dollar software contract.

Leslie Kirwan, who served as secretary of administration and finance, testified at DiMasi’s public corruption trial that DiMasi spoke to her about the contract at two meetings, during a phone call and when the two met at an unrelated event at Fenway Park.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

Kirwan said she didn’t believe the state was ready for the $13 million performance management software, but ultimately agreed, hoping DiMasi would relent on the administration’s proposed siting of a state data center.

The contract was later cancelled.

Prosecutors say the contract was one of two for the software company Cognos that DiMasi and three associates pushed in return for kickbacks.

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