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Windfalls of War: Perini Corporation (Feinstein getting rich on war)
Center for Public Integrity ^ | May 2004 | óBob Williams

Posted on 03/31/2007 7:21:09 AM PDT by DBCJR

Founded more than a century ago in Massachusetts as a civil infrastructure contractor, Perini is known today for its hospitality and gaming industry projects, and for its corrections, health care, sports, entertainment and educational expertise. It is the largest casino and hotel builder in the United States. It also builds hospitals, prisons and public buildings. In addition, Perini is a major player in civil infrastructure construction, working on everything from bridges and highways to subways and airports.

Chairman and CEO Ronald Tutor and billionaire investor Richard Blum, who together own investment groups that hold 75 percent of Perini's voting stock, control the company. Blum is the husband of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

In addition to Perini, Tutor and Blum conduct a great deal of business through another company called Tutor-Saliba. Among that company's largest projects is the Los Angeles subway system.

Iraq contracts (see below)

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blum; feinstein; hypocrites; liberalhypocrites; milcon; pelosi; perini
Continued: In April 2003, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Transatlantic Programs Center awarded a contract to Perini worth as much as $500 million to provide goods and services to the U.S. Central Command. Washington Group International and Fluor Intercontinental were awarded similar contracts. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a performance period of one year. The IDIQ contract allows the Corps of Engineers to call upon the contracted companies to rapidly execute design and construction services as needed anywhere in CENTCOM's area of operations to support military operations, other U.S. government agencies, or friendly foreign governments under established agreements. The area of operations encompasses 25 nations from the Horn of Africa into central Asia, including Afghanistan and Iraq. No specific work or location for work to be performed has been identified to date.

In late September 2003, the Army Corps of Engineers issued additional task orders totaling $278 million on the three individual contracts and the Corps decided to raise the contract ceiling from $100 million to $500 million.

Perini will repair electrical infrastructure in southern Iraq, while Fluor and Washington Group International will perform similar work in central and northern Iraq. Afghanistan contracts

In March 2003, Perini was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Transatlantic Programs Center, for the design and construction of facilities to support the First Brigade of the Afghan National Army, located near Kabul.

Perini is the prime contractor for this $25 million, fast-track project, providing overall program management, design management, construction management and supervision, and quality control. The Perini team includes Tetra Tech, Azad Architects, and POWER Engineers.

The project consists of three phases, with occupancy of some facilities to begin in May 2003 and a final completion date of August 2003. It is unclear if the work has been completed. The facilities consist of barracks, dining facilities, a power plant, a water treatment facility and a wastewater treatment plant. Construction was started on January 19, 2003.

On April 4, 2003, the Army Corps of Engineers' Transatlantic Programs Center announced that it had awarded three contracts "to rapidly execute design and construction services as needed anywhere" in the area of operations for the U.S. military's Central Command (CENTCOM). The one-year contracts, awarded to Fluor Intercontinental, Perini Corporation and Washington Group International, are indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts with a guaranteed minimum value of $500,000 and a maximum of $100 million. However, in late September 2003, the Army Corps of Engineers issued additional task orders totaling $278 million on the three contracts and the Corps decided to raise the contract ceiling from $100 million to $500 million.

According to the Pentagon: Perini, alongside Fluor Intercontinental and Washington Group International, will remove and rebuild damaged roads and replace a destroyed bridge in Afghanistan as part of their individual IDIQ contracts to support CENTCOM. Government ties

Principal shareholder Richard Blum, who co-owns 75 percent of Perini's voting shares, is the husband of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California who serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence. Legal Action/Investigations

Perini entered into a contract worth roughly $41 million with the City of New York to upgrade and expand the structures and equipment at the Coney Island Water Pollution Plant. During performance of the contract, the city issued several change orders that increased the time required to complete the contract and caused Perini to incur extra costs. Perini notified the city that it had incurred or would incur damages as a result of the change orders. Perini and the city were unable to resolve the issue, so Perini sued. The federal courts ultimately ruled in the city's favor. Updates

As of May 20, 2004 On March 12, 2004, the Program Management Office awarded Perini a contract with a ceiling of $500,000,000 for "electrical power distribution and transmission" in the southern region of Iraq.

Wikepedia includes:

Conflict of Interest with Wife in Congress

Blum's high-profile wife, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has received scrutiny for husband Richard Blum's extensive business dealings with China and her past votes on trade issues with the country. The Center for Public Integrity has reported that Blum and Feinstein are making millions of dollars from Iraq and Afghanistan contracts through his company, Perini. [1] Critics have also argued that Feinstein's support of policies that are friendly to the Chinese government are because of her husband's extensive China-related business holdings.[citation needed]

In 2003, Feinstein was ranked the fifth wealthiest senator, with an estimated net worth of $26 million. [1] By 2005 her net worth had increased to between $43 million and $99 million dollars [2]. Her financial disclosure statement[3] -- nearly the size of a phonebook -- draws clear lines between her assets and those of her husband. Many of her assets are in blind trusts.

On March 29, 2007, she resigned from the Senate Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.

According to the suburban online source metroactive, Feinstein abandoned MILCON as her ethical problems were surfacing in the media. Her subcommittee left grievously wounded veterans to rot while her family was "profiting from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan". Blum also holds large investments in companies that were selling medical equipment and supplies and real estate leases — often without the benefit of competitive bidding — to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As of December 2006, according to SEC filings and www.fedspending.org, three corporations in which Blum's financial entities own a total of $1 billion in stock won considerable favor from the budgets of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs:

While the often reviled Haliburton has won few contracts in a no bid situation, over 50 percent of Blum's contracts were awarded on a no-bid basis.

1 posted on 03/31/2007 7:21:11 AM PDT by DBCJR
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To: DBCJR

......cue crickets


2 posted on 03/31/2007 7:31:47 AM PDT by spokeshave ("Hitlery is uniting the country. Everybody hates her.")
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To: DBCJR
Related Storeis:

Feinstein Resigns Senator exits MILCON following Metro exposé, vet-care scandal

Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband's firms

3 posted on 03/31/2007 7:32:22 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: DBCJR

I remember when two Italians, Louie and Charlie owned Perini Constuction.


4 posted on 03/31/2007 7:35:10 AM PDT by B4Ranch ("Steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world." -George Washington-)
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To: B4Ranch

Italians eh....cue moussolini end game


5 posted on 03/31/2007 7:38:42 AM PDT by spokeshave ("Hitlery is uniting the country. Everybody hates her.")
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To: DBCJR

Perini is an excellent contractor, and Ron Tutor is a hell of a guy.


6 posted on 03/31/2007 7:39:40 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (There are 2 types of Rudy fans - the uninformed or anti-conservative TROLLS who do not belong on FR)
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To: spokeshave

Once again, the MSM does its job for the Democrats by refusing to cover this story.


7 posted on 03/31/2007 7:46:45 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: DBCJR

"I got your money on my mind
And my mind on your money..."


8 posted on 03/31/2007 7:48:41 AM PDT by NickatNite2003 (From the Man from Hope" to the wife who snarls "Abandon All Hope!")
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To: B4Ranch

That SOB Lou Perini moved the Braves out of Boston! (spit!)


9 posted on 03/31/2007 7:55:17 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: B4Ranch

Casinos, Italians & Jews in partnership, government contracts, big bucks. That recipe reminds me of the JFK days. Don't get me wrong, some of my best friends are Italians and Jews. I just get nervous when I see them in partnership around casinos & government contracts. That's not necessarilly a bad thing. Aggressive business practices are often needed for innovation and risk-taking that takes things to a new level. But then some aggressive business practices annihalate competiton and yield unfair advantage. Some are criminal. Some ethnic partnerships have repeatedly crossed that line over the years.


10 posted on 03/31/2007 7:58:43 AM PDT by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: popdonnelly

at least this major news is now being allowed on FreeRepublic!!! the thread was removed yesterday and the day before and I was really getting spooked!!!


11 posted on 03/31/2007 8:39:11 AM PDT by righteousindignation
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Couldn't get the Feinstein Resigns link to work. Is this what you were linking to?

http://www.metroactive.com/feinstein/feinstein-resigns.html


12 posted on 03/31/2007 8:43:24 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: AliVeritas

PING!!

Not sure if you've got these, so here.


13 posted on 03/31/2007 8:45:02 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: metesky

He sold them to Milwaukee in '52 or 53, wasn't it?


14 posted on 03/31/2007 8:48:56 AM PDT by B4Ranch ("Steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world." -George Washington-)
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To: Roccus

That's it. Not sure why the link broke...


15 posted on 03/31/2007 10:30:39 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; DBCJR

I can understand why the MSM doesn't give this story any play, but for the life of me, I just can't understand FReepers. Only 9 Freepers replied and one of them is the poster. SHEEESH!!!


16 posted on 03/31/2007 11:15:10 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Roccus

Only 9 Freepers replied and one of them is the poster. SHEEESH!!!
......................................................Sorry to say, but this is Old News...maybe to most of us....?


17 posted on 03/31/2007 11:20:16 AM PDT by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: litehaus

Well, I hit all the keywords here and found a small handfull of posts. One had 99 replies, the others barely made double figures. In the last few months I've brought up the name Perini and it's tie to Difi on many occassions and seldom if ever was any interest shown. So it may be Old News to some, but I'd bet it is Unknown News to a heck of a lot more.


18 posted on 03/31/2007 11:51:12 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: B4Ranch
IIRC, he finalized the deal after spring training in '53 and while they were supposedly returning to Boston. They never made it...

Broke my father's heart. He grew up halfway between Fenway Park and Braves Field and saw all the great Braves and Red Sox teams from the teens on up. He was the only guy I ever met that saw the Sox win the Series in 1918. He died in '02, two years before they finally did it again.

But he was a Braves guy until the end.

19 posted on 04/01/2007 3:45:43 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: DBCJR; Carry_Okie; calcowgirl; ElkGroveDan; NormsRevenge; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; ...

Hay Carry_Okie! You been talkin about this old hag's corruption for years on FR!


20 posted on 04/01/2007 7:07:41 PM PDT by SierraWasp (CA is pleagued with a GANG-GREENOUS REPELLICAN GOVERNOR!!! He's worsened the Gray Davis' MESS!!!)
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To: SierraWasp

Corruption and questionable business dealings at the expense of the American public is nothing new for the DiChiFi Blum Brigade.

Chocolate Mountain

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/955487/posts

http://www.uhuh.com/


21 posted on 04/01/2007 7:25:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... BumP'n'Run 'Right-Wing Extremist' since 2001)
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To: SierraWasp

It would be nice to see how much money they pay the union bosses under the table to sing lullaby's to their members to eliminate work stoppages...


22 posted on 04/01/2007 7:33:54 PM PDT by tubebender (Whom keeps stealing my Tag Line???)
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To: DBCJR
While the often reviled Haliburton has won few contracts in a no
bid situation, over 50 percent of Blum's contracts were awarded on
a no-bid basis.


In an odd way, I find this comforting.

The day when Republicans have the near-total legal immunity
that Democrats/liberals enjoy...
will spell the end of this country.
23 posted on 04/01/2007 7:43:27 PM PDT by VOA
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To: SierraWasp
"You been talkin about this old hag's corruption for years on FR!"

Of course she's corrupt. She's a left wing Rat. No surprises here. What would be astonishing is if this is ever covered in the driveby media and, at long last, undoes her from the Senate--completely.

24 posted on 04/01/2007 7:46:45 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: DBCJR

Wonder if this could be used to remove her????

The Left always complains about profiteering, yet never sees it on their side of the aisle. Most people wouldn't know about this or the Heinz Corporation (aka John Kerry) making all the MREs for the troops.


25 posted on 04/01/2007 7:48:59 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support the Troops=Support for Freedom and Hope!)
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To: SierraWasp

Tutor Saliba is one of the shoddiest, and most corrupt companies in the world.


26 posted on 04/01/2007 9:09:16 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: DBCJR
In my personal opinion, Feinstein has been dirty for years. She was apparently involved in questionable land exchanges between the Federal government and a company that contributed to her campaign(s), if I remember correctly. I posted some of the relevant info (with citations) here:

Feinstein Cronies to Receive Millions...
http://www.FreeRepublic.com/forum/a3666c691733a.htm

Unfortunately, the thread appears to have been deleted...

27 posted on 04/02/2007 3:13:07 PM PDT by Who is John Galt? ("Just don't call me Geraldo...")
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To: Who is John Galt?

” Unfortunately, the thread appears to have been deleted...”

Hey, isn’t FR based in her district?


28 posted on 04/02/2007 4:26:05 PM PDT by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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Hey, isn’t FR based in her district?

Actually, from what I've heard, the answer is 'NO.' And if your post was intended to be funny, I would suggest that it needed a 'sarcasm' tag.

FYI, you are referring to the US Senator who stated on SeeBS, regarding firearms owned by US citizens, that if she had had ONE extra vote, it would have been 'Mr. & Mrs. America, turn them all in' (that's from memory - feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). In my personal opinion, Senator Feinstein has more in common with the Chicom dictators she visits on a repeated basis, than she does with the American citizens she purports to represent.

Again, that's just my personal opinion...

29 posted on 04/02/2007 4:55:55 PM PDT by Who is John Galt? ("Just don't call me Geraldo...")
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To: DBCJR

If we want this investigated we will have to get Haliburton to make a buyout offer.


30 posted on 04/02/2007 4:58:52 PM PDT by Thom Pain (8/14/2006 Israel made a HUGH mistake! On Nov 7th we did worse!)
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To: Thom Pain

Ex-inmate-in-the-Peoples-Republik-of-Kalifornia bump...


31 posted on 04/05/2007 3:01:26 PM PDT by Who is John Galt? ("Just don't call me Geraldo...")
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