Georgia State Deal-Info Swap

ATLANTA (AP) -- Email exchanges show a state official and a real estate broker swapped information on a questionable state deal worth as much as $25 million.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sunday that former state leasing manager Thad Jackson and broker Steve Tedder exchanged emails with information about a lease deal.
The newspaper obtained the correspondence through an open records request. The deal involved a lease in Gwinnett County.
A company represented by Tedder submitted the winning bid, but the paper says it's unclear how much influence Jackson had in awarding the contract.
The two men were fraternity brothers at Vanderbilt University.
Jackson was fired by the state in March, and a lawsuit is pending over the deal. He declined comment.
Tedder says his relationship with Jackson didn't influence the bidding process.

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