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Feinstein Caught in Conflict of Interest on Military Contracts
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Posted on 01/26/2007 7:22:41 PM PST by zendari

San Jose, Calif., January 25, 2007 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband was a major beneficiary of military appropriations blessed by a subcommittee that she headed, Metro Newspapers reports this week.

Feinstein (D-Calif.) acted in a conflict of interest while approving billions of dollars in military construction expenditures for the global war on terror, according to an investigative story by award-winning journalist Peter Byrne. The story was published jointly in the North Bay Bohemian and Metro Silicon Valley weekly newspapers this week. Research assistance was provided by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

Following Feinstein’s participation at the legislative level, large contracts were awarded to two firms — URS Corporation and Perini Corporation — that were controlled by an investment group headed by the senator’s spouse, financier Richard C. Blum.

Byrne's investigation reveals the following details about Feinstein’s service as a member of the United States Senate’s Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON).

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I wonder if the Democrats are going to hammer their own like they did with Bob Ney and company.
1 posted on 01/26/2007 7:22:41 PM PST by zendari
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To: MotleyGirl70

URS ping


2 posted on 01/26/2007 7:26:06 PM PST by Perdogg (Happy 2007)
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To: zendari

She needs to resign immediately if what they said in the article is true that she voted on contracts that benefitted her husband's company. She should not have been on Armed Services with info on contracts that her husband's company submitted bids and looks like they won. Ney resigned and so should Feinstein!


3 posted on 01/26/2007 7:30:02 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Broken Glass Republican - Vote Rudy/Hunter - Take Back the House and Senate in '08)
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To: zendari

At least the contracts didn't go to Halliburton. (/sarc)


4 posted on 01/26/2007 7:32:10 PM PST by Felis_irritable (Dirty_Felis_Irritable...)
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To: zendari
Swamp Feinstein? Waiting for the drain to commence.
5 posted on 01/26/2007 7:32:32 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: zendari

I heard that URS got IDIQ contract on military barracks worth over $100 million.


6 posted on 01/26/2007 7:32:37 PM PST by Perdogg (Happy 2007)
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To: zendari
I wonder if the Democrats are going to hammer their own like they did with Bob Ney and company.

No such luck. The RATS are like the mafia. Can't be touched. Or should have said they are the untouchables.

7 posted on 01/26/2007 7:33:40 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: zendari

Impeach or remove I say!! Californians and the American people are SICK of this.


8 posted on 01/26/2007 7:34:27 PM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: zendari
Thank you very much for posting this!

I first heard mention of the article earlier today from a talk show caller.

Halliburton catches hell and, though some news articles have been printed, virtually nothing is said about URS.

I've sent several messages to George Norry on CoasttocoastAM asking about URS. Mr. Norry has nary a word about URS but goes ballistic at the mention of Hallibuton -- and C2C has millions of listners every Bush-bashing night.

9 posted on 01/26/2007 7:34:49 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: armymarinemom

I remember after Baghdad had fallen, 60 minutes did a story on companies who got contracts, no mention of URS.

I had to do a lot rework on some of their engineering when the Gov't got p.o. at them for lousy work.




10 posted on 01/26/2007 7:35:15 PM PST by Perdogg (Happy 2007)
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To: Perdogg

You might have heard about this but not in the LA Slimes and certainly not on network news shows. Wonder how long she will stay off TV?


11 posted on 01/26/2007 7:37:08 PM PST by neverhillorat (IF THE RATS WIN, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: PhiKapMom
Don't hold your breath. There will be no uproar from the DBM.

Hence, it never happened.

12 posted on 01/26/2007 7:37:19 PM PST by HoosierHawk
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To: PhiKapMom

It's ok if Democrats lie, cheat, and steal. They are exempt from obeying laws that send others to prison.


13 posted on 01/26/2007 7:37:51 PM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: Perdogg
I had to do a lot rework on some of their engineering when the Gov't got p.o. at them for lousy work.

Figures. The dems will try to bury this but the extreme left feels might feisty these days. They will try to bring this up unless she goes lock step with impeachment and bringing the troops home.

14 posted on 01/26/2007 7:40:13 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: zendari

Well...golly, lookee here what we found...

DiFi...where are you???

LOL


15 posted on 01/26/2007 7:40:26 PM PST by Txsleuth (Duncan Hunter 2008)
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To: zendari
I wonder if the Democrats are going to hammer their own like they did with Bob Ney and company.

Why would the Democrats do anything if the Repoublicans didn't?

16 posted on 01/26/2007 7:40:28 PM PST by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: zendari

Standard operating procedure -- they might want to look into their Chinese business operations as well. Here we go again --- but don't expect their MSM to say much about it...needless to say.


17 posted on 01/26/2007 7:41:04 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: zendari
DiFi's husband got a 6 Billion dollar no-bid contract for his think tank - I have noted it here for a long time. This while the left demonized Halliburton for what it cost to feed the troops 4 time a day. m His think take after 6 billion has achieved what???

She is a dem - they never get held accountable
18 posted on 01/26/2007 7:41:52 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: HoosierHawk; Enterprise

I know -- DemocRATs are subject to a different standard but figured I would start the drum beat of she must resign since this session of Congress led by the DemocRATs wants to be completely ethical with their new rules. Now we shall see if their actions match their rhetoric. I am sure not putting any money on them doing one thing to Feinstein or the Administration going after her for this. Hope I am surprised.


19 posted on 01/26/2007 7:42:19 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Broken Glass Republican - Vote Rudy/Hunter - Take Back the House and Senate in '08)
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To: armymarinemom

Pelosi gets called out for omitting American Samoa from the minimum wage bill....where Starkist has business..but, their headquarters are in Nancy's district.

She gets called out...but the bill isn't changed as far as I know.


20 posted on 01/26/2007 7:43:06 PM PST by Txsleuth (Duncan Hunter 2008)
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To: zendari

(Yawn)... so what? The Pelosi-led corrupt-clean Democrats will have 90 excuses why this isn't an issue and the Republicans will again lack the guts to check it out and question it.


21 posted on 01/26/2007 7:43:28 PM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: zendari

Nothing to see here. Bush lied, damnit...


22 posted on 01/26/2007 7:44:59 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Forgot your tagline? Click here to have it resent!)
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To: hedgetrimmer

You cannot impeach a senator, and there's no chance of Senate 2/3 expulsion.


23 posted on 01/26/2007 7:46:02 PM PST by zendari
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To: EagleUSA

"Standard operating procedure -- they might want to look into their Chinese business operations as well. Here we go again --- but don't expect their MSM to say much about it...needless to say."

Replace "much" with "anything" to be accurate.


24 posted on 01/26/2007 7:46:26 PM PST by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Txsleuth
Anyone remember Ms. DiFi and 'Chocolate Mountain'?

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/bixman_20010615.html
25 posted on 01/26/2007 7:47:49 PM PST by AmeriBrit
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To: zendari

Nope.


26 posted on 01/26/2007 7:56:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Txsleuth

Yep. If everything is dropped and swept under the rug it looks reeeeal clean.


27 posted on 01/26/2007 7:57:47 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: zendari
Sen. Dianne Feinstein =
28 posted on 01/26/2007 7:59:21 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: AmeriBrit

Anyone remember Ms. DiFi and 'Chocolate Mountain'?
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Oh yes, I remember :-) --- Nice try DiFi --- this one smelled so bad of fish, you could not get near it, but this is typical of libs and their criminal sleazy ways.


29 posted on 01/26/2007 8:01:21 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: zendari

Surely this was just a clerical error and Feinstein will correct the error as soon as possible. We'll just deduct a brownie point for now and continue with business as usual. /sarc


30 posted on 01/26/2007 8:04:48 PM PST by swheats (OUR VICTORY STILL DEPENDS ON YOU!)
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To: zendari

bump


31 posted on 01/26/2007 8:05:08 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: AmeriBrit

No...I didn't know about DiFi and the Chocolate Mountain....that article you posted was fascinating.

I am going to assume, since she is STILL a Senator, that nothing ever became of calls for an investigation into this matter, right?


32 posted on 01/26/2007 8:05:58 PM PST by Txsleuth (Duncan Hunter 2008)
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To: zendari

The true culture of corruption, finally, rears its ugly head.


33 posted on 01/26/2007 8:09:40 PM PST by depressed in 06 (Bolshecrat, the party of what if and whine.)
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To: zendari
I wonder if the Democrats are going to hammer their own like they did with Bob Ney and company.

I guess it is good to have dreams, but make them realistic.

This story, like any other negative story about Dims, will go nowhere. Why?

Well we all know the media will ignore it. And, the Republicans will ignore it also as they have no backbone, no spine, no gonads.

34 posted on 01/26/2007 8:09:45 PM PST by technomage (You get what you want one step at a time)
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To: zendari

I used to do a lot of government contract bids, and I hated seeing URS plans. I think URS stands for U Really SUCK!

Perini is a top notch construction outfit, though.


35 posted on 01/26/2007 8:14:24 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance ("Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors." GOHUNTER08!)
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To: zendari

They will not. After all, this is a republican scandal as Dingy Harry would tell you.


36 posted on 01/26/2007 8:17:34 PM PST by FishFace222
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To: Txsleuth

Not that I've been able to find.

This new one will get brushed under the carpet just the same. Of that I have no doubt.


37 posted on 01/26/2007 8:24:43 PM PST by AmeriBrit
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To: AmeriBrit

I don't know about that....

The Chocolate Mountain expose was before the Congress decided it would look good to pass an Ethics Reform Bill.

Now, as far as I know, the Ethics Bill is languishing in the Senate...or in conference right now..

However, with the big hoo-ha over the Abramoff scandal(s)..that helped to take down several Congressmen and a Senator, (I think Conrad Burns was included)...

I can't imagine that the GOP leadership would be SO DUMB, that they would let this story go away.

DiFi has been pretty outspoken about the "ethical problems" of the GOP lately...as have ALL of the Dems, especially Harry Reid, who got a LOT of money from Abramoff...but he didn't pay a price.

Surely the GOP aren't going to ignore this, are they?? (rhetorical)


38 posted on 01/26/2007 8:32:34 PM PST by Txsleuth (Duncan Hunter 2008)
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To: zendari

Psst,...IMHO, it's only the tip of the iceburg and those in positions to report it already know those to whom it is reported merely loop the info back to those complicit but conveniently deniable in their positions. The mechanics were put into place early in Feinstein's career and reinforced in DC during Clinton's reign by others. It's an evolving beast. The question isn't who's corrupt, it's closer to who isn't corrupt and they tend to get targeted to take the blame. Go figure.

(Interesting feature of human degenerate character is that getting away with corruption never seems to find a point of satiation for those indulging in corruption, although the nation as a whole also degenerates slowly from the cost of corruption.)

Follow the money, the people who change companies but remained in the same industry/business model, the companies which won big contracts, sole source, design-build, then change their company names and have large reputations, but only on government contracts limited to a few agencies. The run the gamut from 'small businesses' which aren't so small to holding companies.

BTW, the real crooks who get away with charging 5x-10x the market price to construct on sole source awards, tend to get greedy over time even at those corrupt levels and their product quality actually diminishes commn sensically in time. One way to find them is to audit the MILCON appropriation documents by holding the facility owners accountable for the maintenance at the competivie market value. Those projects awarded at 5x-10x the actual construction cost will then become obvious to those who have to maintain them independent of those who contracted them and built them.

IMHO, the situation is so bad, that even if inspected and audited, one wouldn't be able to clean house and those who allowed it to happen are merely riding the wave to create a situation where other do-gooders will merely relieve them of accountability in their efforts to correct the situation.

Then again, you have to ask yourself, which is more corrupt, several Congress members swinging implied deals, approving projects before requirements were ever established, or building large MILCON BEQs on bases which finished construction less than a year before the base closed or as it closed such that nobody ever lived there, then it was torn down?

Color me skeptical.


39 posted on 01/26/2007 8:39:37 PM PST by Cvengr
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To: zendari

Most honest and integrity-filled Congress EVER! Must've not gotten Pelosi's notes.


40 posted on 01/26/2007 8:40:16 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: The Duke
You are so right Duke....

What is going on? Are the Republicans afraid to call the Dem's on their scandalous land deals, phony cattle futures, illegal defense contracts, murders, document thief's, illegal contributions, election fraud, and on, and on, and on. When does somebody stand up and put a stop to all of this????

Are the Republicans just pansies or what??
41 posted on 01/26/2007 8:46:36 PM PST by parthian shot
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To: Txsleuth
Our group here have spent a lot of time and energy phoning, e-mailing, snail mail, faxing, calling newspapers etc., and are met with the same result everytime.....a deafening silence.
42 posted on 01/26/2007 9:01:10 PM PST by AmeriBrit
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To: AmeriBrit

DIFI's gotta be ready for some time home with the family. It's amazing how these representatives are always 'looking out for the little people' and becoming billionaires in the process.


43 posted on 01/26/2007 9:03:21 PM PST by swheats (OUR VICTORY STILL DEPENDS ON YOU!)
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To: edcoil

"She is a dem-they never get held accountable."

That is the truth...Still waiting to hear news of *cold cash* William Jefferson LA DEM...Was he was cleared of ethics violations when I blinked?


44 posted on 01/26/2007 9:04:54 PM PST by Goldie Lurks (professional moonbat catcher)
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To: swheats

She was just re-elected.


45 posted on 01/26/2007 9:08:20 PM PST by AmeriBrit
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To: AmeriBrit

There had to have been massive voter fraud.


46 posted on 01/26/2007 9:16:19 PM PST by swheats (OUR VICTORY STILL DEPENDS ON YOU!)
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To: zendari

Feinstein is to certain privileged military contractors what Harry Reid is to privileged Indian tribes.

None of the above will ever appear in your MSM of choice.


47 posted on 01/26/2007 9:22:35 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: swheats

No-one ran against her.


48 posted on 01/26/2007 9:27:32 PM PST by AmeriBrit
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To: zendari; calcowgirl; Carry_Okie; NormsRevenge; Dog Gone; Grampa Dave

How do you expect them to drain such a swamp when they're up to their own asses in allegators???


49 posted on 01/26/2007 9:29:07 PM PST by SierraWasp (Wasn't one "Co-Presidency" enough? Will we now have to see who SHE "does" in the oval office???!!!)
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To: EagleUSA

It makes my blood boil everytime I think of it or come across it in my files.


50 posted on 01/26/2007 9:29:13 PM PST by AmeriBrit
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