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No charges to be filed in Doyle admin contracts cases

The State Justice Department says it will not file charges in two cases in which Gov. Doyle's administration was accused of steering state contracts to campaign donors.

Both cases were investigated a second time, after justice staffers dropped them in 2007, without telling Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Last year, Van Hollen ordered new reviews of those cases and others. The agency said it could find enough proof that former Administration Secretary Marc Marotta illegally used his influence to help a company win a building contract to convert a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee building into a dormitory.

A losing bidder in that case still has an appeal pending before the State Supreme Court. The department also said no charges would be filed in the awarding of a real estate consulting contract to the Equis Corp., of Chicago.

It happened around the time Equis employees gave $27,000 to the governor's campaign.

Investigators said there were no facts to suggest undue or improper influence.