Skip to comments.Feinstein Caught in Conflict of Interest on Military Contracts
Posted on 01/26/2007 7:22:41 PM PST by zendari
San Jose, Calif., January 25, 2007 -- Sen. Dianne Feinsteins 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 Feinsteins 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 senators spouse, financier Richard C. Blum.
Byrne's investigation reveals the following details about Feinsteins service as a member of the United States Senates Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON).
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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!
At least the contracts didn't go to Halliburton. (/sarc)
I heard that URS got IDIQ contract on military barracks worth over $100 million.
No such luck. The RATS are like the mafia. Can't be touched. Or should have said they are the untouchables.
Impeach or remove I say!! Californians and the American people are SICK of 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.
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.
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?
Hence, it never happened.
It's ok if Democrats lie, cheat, and steal. They are exempt from obeying laws that send others to prison.
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.
Well...golly, lookee here what we found...
DiFi...where are you???
Why would the Democrats do anything if the Repoublicans didn't?
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.
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.
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.
(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.
Nothing to see here. Bush lied, damnit...
You cannot impeach a senator, and there's no chance of Senate 2/3 expulsion.
"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.
Yep. If everything is dropped and swept under the rug it looks reeeeal clean.
Anyone remember Ms. DiFi and 'Chocolate Mountain'?
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.
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
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?
The true culture of corruption, finally, rears its ugly head.
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.
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.
They will not. After all, this is a republican scandal as Dingy Harry would tell you.
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.
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)
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.
Most honest and integrity-filled Congress EVER! Must've not gotten Pelosi's notes.
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.
"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?
She was just re-elected.
There had to have been massive voter fraud.
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.
No-one ran against her.
How do you expect them to drain such a swamp when they're up to their own asses in allegators???
It makes my blood boil everytime I think of it or come across it in my files.