Report: GOP Firm Stiffs Maryland On $12M PPE Order

The Washington Post reports:

The state of Maryland on Saturday terminated a $12.5 million contract for personal protective equipment with a firm started this spring by two well-connected Republican operatives. State officials said the company, Blue Flame Medical, failed to deliver masks and ventilators as promised and that the matter has been referred to Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) for review.

Blue Flame received a down payment of nearly $6.3 million from Maryland in early April — after promising to provide within weeks desperately needed PPE for front-line medical personnel dealing with the novel coronavirus. The two Republican consultants incorporated their firm in Delaware on March 23 and a week later received the contract from Maryland. The order shows that Blue Flame agreed to provide 1.5 million N95 masks and 110 ventilators.

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