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Columbus City Attorney Says Red Light Camera Deal Was Above-Board

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Ohio cities raised a combined $16 million in 2012.

  The Columbus city attorney says a contract for a red-light traffic camera program now the subject of a federal bribery investigation was properly awarded and later modified.

City Attorney Richard Pfeiffer says the process involving Phoenix-based vendor Redflex Traffic Systems complied with Columbus city law.  Pfeiffer released his findings and documents related to the program Wednesday at the request of Columbus Council President Andy Ginther, who says he's assisting with the investigation but isn't linked to any wrongdoing. 

"We do not do investigations. There is an ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and that is the appropriate agency to look at the process and determine if there was undue influence in any step of that process, " says Pfeiffer. 

Ginther, a candidate for mayor in November, says the documents show the city's checks-and-balances system for awarding the contract worked.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has also said he's providing information to federal investigators but is not the focus of the probe.