UPDATE: As a courtesy, I will post this response I received from Considine to the issues raised in the blog post:
Yes, I came to you for help. I was looking for help on primary sources to vet some of your claims -- many of which one also finds on Ogden, on the IBJ, etc. You just didn't bother to share them with me. You told me I could find what I needed online. Or that I should call Mike Huber, which, of course, I was doing and had done anyway (he's only the biggest character in this story). Which is fine. It just means I had to do all my own leg work to vet claims made on your blog, on Ogden's blog, and at the IBJ. I expect that -- it's my job. Just don't expect me to source you. I didn't steal one single piece of primary reporting from you. Not one. And I didn't "constantly bug you for information on a story." I emailed you a few times. Jesus Christ, is it pleasant swimming that much vitriol? The only reason I sourced Ogden was because he, to my knowledge, was the first to publicly "discover" (by publishing) that link to IDOA. Yes, he had to ask you for direction on that, personally, as he writes in in blog. I'm sure he was grateful when you pointed him in the right direction. So, when he went to the Web site, he "discovered" the link for himself and for the reading public. I've never seen that link on your page. I sourced him because that's where I found the link. I wasn't going to source you just because you said somewhere that Vaughn lobbied for ACS. A second-hand source isn't good enough for me. If you care about facts, you should appreciate that. I tried getting to those primary sources by reaching out to you first. You told me to go look on the internet. Explain to me how any of this is plagiarism. -- Austin Considine, news editor, NUVOMy response: I didn't link directly to the DOA website because the link doesn't display the data without a separate search, but I specifically said the information came from state lobbying records. I directed you to the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission online records, as well as the Department of Administration's records. Ogden cut and paste the information from the Department of Administration's website into his blog after I prompted him to its whereabouts; he didn't link to it. As I discovered the last time I attempted to link to the DOA's website on a lobbyist registration records pertaining to Vaughn, the information mysteriously disappeared within hours. The DOA told another reporter it wasn't intentional; just a long-planned software update that inadvertently removed the data--only applicable to Vaughn's registration information I might add. As I explained to you, the comings-and-goings of ACS folks was documented in archived stories of the IBJ and the Star. Further, as I explained to you, I worked in the IT field before going into private practice and knew first-hand how Mssrs. Goldsmith, Roob, Stitt and Lathrop had all worked at ACS from a direct conversation I had with Roob years ago. Further, their initial start-up business, NetGov, didn't just struggle as you reported; it actually went bankrupt and left a number of creditors holding the bag for their debt and some pretty disappointed well-connected investors. This came on the heels of boasts by these individuals about their anticipation of landing big online government deals with Chicago, L.A. and New York, none of which came to fruition. These individuals went to work for another company that was eventually acquired by ACS and took with them the intellectual property developed by their bankrupt company, which I doubt was worth much from what I could determine from NetGov's failed efforts. I was the first to report on the connection of former FSSA Secretary Mitch Roob and his former employer, ACS, being awarded the welfare privatization deal, which other reporters subsequently picked up on without attribution, of course.