Prosecutors bring charge in case involving Gallup

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has filed a criminal charge against a former Federal Emergency Management Agency employee who allegedly helped secure federal funds for The Gallup Organization at the same time he was negotiating to go to work for the polling firm.

The conflict-of-interest charge brought this week against Timothy W. Cannon alleges that a month after asking a Gallup employee for a job, Cannon asked superiors for an additional $500,000 for a FEMA program in which Gallup would train agency managers.

On Thursday, Gallup vice president William Kruse said the criminal charge was not against Gallup and that there is nothing Gallup can comment on. A call to the office of Cannon's lawyers was not returned.

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