Skip to comments.Obama administration gives $433m no-bid contract to Democratic donor.
Posted on 11/14/2011 5:54:06 AM PST by IbJensen
The last time I checked, didnt the Left call this sort of thing crony capitalism?
Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work.
Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the worlds richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor.
As you probably know, smallpox was eradicated in the wild decades ago: mostly because it was a genuinely terrifying threat to humanity, and humanity didnt get to the top of the food chain by being anything less than ruthlessly efficient when it comes to threats. So the virus now exists only in a few research locations, and we do in fact maintain sufficient stocks of existing vaccines to control an outbreak (whether via accident and/or terrorist activity).
Perelmans drug (ST-426), on the other hand? Not tested on humans, costs 85x what the existing vaccine does, is only intended for people who missed a four day window after exposure and was fast-tracked through the approval process by administration officials anyway, to the point of reassigning health care experts who kept pointing out all of this. And, oh yes, said officials denied the existence of correspondence between them and the company (Siga) that makes ST-426.
Read the whole article: theres a lot in there, from the way that the administration deliberately eliminated competitors to Siga from the bid process (claiming urgent need) to the minor detail that Siga brought SEIU leader and key Obama ally Andy Stern literally on board in 2010. Its also pretty handy as an example of how to break the intent of the law without actually quite having it proved that you broke the letter of it: the great flaw of bureaucracy is that there is always a loophole or an exception that can be manipulated. The only defense to that is public disapproval: and since the administrations partisans cant be bothered to watchdog their political faction, its up to us to do that
All the platform did was to protect them from anyone looking.
I'm still ranting about the "anti-lobbyist" promises this administration gamed. Aside from all the violations of those promises, I believe that Hunter Biden is a DC lobbyist.
Here... check this out... Your eyes will BLEED!
This is indeed blatant and major awful. However....
it’s been in the news a week and I haven’t heard one peep out of boner or our other congresscritters.
We’ve got Solyndra.
We’ve got Siga.
We’ve got preferencial congressional treatment on retirement, health ins., and market trading.
We’ve got golf games, vacations, food, fashions, private schools, elegibility, anarchist, muslim, and new black panther connections.
We have no history, no grades, no papers, multiple SS numbers, coke use, and FDA, EPA running rampant.
The list goes on.... and on and on.
So just what does it take to clean up this mess?
Another glorious day in Obamaland.....
It’s worse, actually: The Siga Tech contract may have really been worth $2.8 Billion, according to the LA Times:
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