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"Secret Service buys $23 million in new limos from GM without bidding

"The government may have finished the 2012 fiscal year $1.1 trillion in the hole, but that didn't stop it from making a whopping $23 million purchase for a new luxury fleet of "parade limousines" for the next president just before the budget closed.

The Secret Service squeezed in the purchase on September 28 -- just three days from the end of the fiscal year -- and it skipped competitive bidding normally required to get taxpayers the best price, according to federal purchase records reviewed by the Washington Guardian.

And the beneficiary of this big buy -- twice the size of the last limo shopping spree two years ago -- was none other than General Motors, which remains partly owned by the government.
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