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Nessel to investigate contract

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Thursday her office will investigate how the state awarded a since-canceled contract to a Democratic political firm to help contact and warn people who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus, after Republicans raised questions.

Nessel, a Democrat, agreed to probe the procurement process at the request of state Sen. Jim Runestad, a Republican. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week ordered the cancellation of her administration’s no-bid contact-tracing contract to Great Lakes Community Engagement, calling it an “unnecessary distraction.”

The Grand Rapids company is owned by a Democratic consultant who planned to use software developed by a firm with ties to Democratic campaigns.