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Obama administration gives $433m no-bid contract to Democratic donor.
Red State ^ | 11/12/2011 | Moe Lane

Posted on 11/14/2011 5:54:06 AM PST by IbJensen

The last time I checked, didn’t 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 world’s 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 didn’t 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).

Perelman’s 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: there’s 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. It’s 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 administration’s partisans can’t be bothered to watchdog their political faction, it’s up to us to do that…


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Fast-tracking development of a bio-defense vaccine is appalling! And did you hear the owner of the pharmaceutical company gave money to democrats?! Why in a country with two political parties, the fact that a pharmaceutical company owner gave money to the democrats and then got a contract to produce medicine is clear evidence of criminality!
1 posted on 11/14/2011 5:54:10 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

HALIBURTON!!!


2 posted on 11/14/2011 6:04:14 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Shaking My Head on a daily basis)
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To: IbJensen
They disgust me. The Left was out making their sins the sins of others, got themselves in power on a platform to rid the sin.

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.

3 posted on 11/14/2011 6:19:45 AM PST by NativeSon
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To: IbJensen

How special...

Here... check this out... Your eyes will BLEED!

http://www.siga.com/?ID=144


4 posted on 11/14/2011 6:24:30 AM PST by bfh333 ("Hope"... "Change"... You better HOPE you have some CHANGE after the next 4 years!)
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To: IbJensen

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?


5 posted on 11/14/2011 7:10:45 AM PST by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: IbJensen

Another glorious day in Obamaland.....


6 posted on 11/14/2011 8:38:39 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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It’s worse, actually: The Siga Tech contract may have really been worth $2.8 Billion, according to the LA Times:

http://wizbangblog.com/2011/11/12/obama-crony-capitalist-in-chief/

http://seekingalpha.com/article/275243-siga-can-t-catch-a-break-from-competitors-congress


7 posted on 11/14/2011 9:12:10 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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