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Oracle and the contract crisis

roundup It's a situation that has rattled both the political community and the technology world: Oracle battles California as the state questions the value of a software deal.

Read the latest in the battle between Oracle and the state of California over a $95 million software contract that has state officials crying foul. The fight is far from over, as new documents shed light on how the deal was done and who was involved.

Lawmaker: "Influence" drove Oracle deal
California lawmakers grill an executive to try to determine how the state got mired in a controversial, $95 million contract to buy Oracle software.
June 17, 2002 
Former Oracle lobbyist opts for silence
The former lobbyist declines to testify about the state contract one day after it was disclosed that he had recommended the database giant give campaign contributions to key legislators.
June 13, 2002 
Lobbyist's message: Money talks
A memo from a lobbyist for Oracle encourages the company to make cash contributions to win support from key state politicians.
June 12, 2002 
Oracle e-mail talks of cost "problems"
California legislators sift through hundreds of pages of documents from Oracle, including e-mail dealing with how to present controversial cost-savings estimates.
June 11, 2002 
Key state official in Oracle flap resigns
Elias Cortez was a central figure in the Oracle debate, breaking down in tears while testifying last month about problems with the state's software contract.
June 11, 2002 
Auditors joust over Oracle contract
Auditors for the state of California and Oracle give conflicting testimony over the savings associated with the controversial contract being investigated by a state legislative committee.
June 5, 2002 
Calif. questioning prompts Oracle exit
Tensions between Oracle and California officials investigating a controversial contract flare when an executive walks out of a hearing room after a state senator sharply criticized the company.
June 4, 2002 
Finance official to testify on Oracle deal
California's finance director and other state officials are expected to testify before a legislative committee investigating the $95 million no-bid contract with the database maker.
June 4, 2002 
Mudslinging escalates in Oracle deal
The war of words escalates between the database giant Oracle and a California legislator leading an investigation into a controversial $95 million state contract.
June 3, 2002 
Contract woes cloud fourth quarter
Already combating sluggish sales in a weak economy, Oracle may now find fallout from its California contract causing some potential customers to delay signing last-minute deals.
May 31, 2002 
Legislators widen Oracle investigation
California officials investigating a $95 million Oracle contract expand their witness list to include testimony from workers in other states that have had similar deals with the company.
May 30, 2002 
California not alone in Oracle criticism
Oracle's contract fiasco with the Golden State has drawn a firestorm of criticism. Some of the more controversial aspects are all too familiar to technology officials elsewhere.
May 28, 2002