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  • Why did (California RAT) state Sen. Leland Yee escape terrorism charges?

    04/05/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/04/14 | Matthias Gafni
    Shocking enough are the allegations that a long-perceived unassuming state senator tried brokering an international arms deal with military-style rifles and rocket launchers, but Leland Yee may have narrowly escaped an even more ominous label: supporter of terrorism. Yee, whose arrest after an FBI undercover sting shook the California political world last week, would likely have been charged with aiding terrorists if not for a bureaucratic label missing from the militant Filipino group that he is accused of sourcing for an international arms deal, counterterrorism experts told this newspaper. His ties to the group, whose leader has said he personally...
  • Dianne Feinstein Delivers Postal Profits to Hubby

    11/04/2013 9:48:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2013 | Bill Tatro
    It would appear that I’ve done a great disservice to my children, thus I will not make the same mistake regarding my grandchildren. Many years ago, while strongly encouraging my kids, I continually pounded the table about the virtues of studying hard and getting a good education.In so doing, my objective was to enable my children to experience the excitement of learning new things as they eventually utilized their newfound knowledge in order to start careers that would be rewarding both financially and personally, while also knowing that their chosen occupations could be of great benefit to their fellow...
  • Senator Feinstein and husband To Make Fortune

    05/26/2013 10:00:27 AM PDT · by Mortrey · 17 replies
    American Freedom by Barbara ^ | Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Barbara
    "A powerful United States Senator’s husband is standing by, all ready to make millions from a U.S. taxpayer funded enterprise."
  • Post Office selling underused buildings

    05/28/2013 2:03:14 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 10 replies
    snopes and email ^ | 5/28/2013 | unknown
    All In The Family The US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56 buildings that currently house U.S. Post Offices. The government has decided it no longer needs these buildings, many of which are located on prime land in towns and cities across the country. The sale of these properties will fetch billions of dollars and a handsome 6% commission to the company handling the sales. That company belongs to a man named Richard Blum. Who is Richard Blum you ask? Why the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein, that's who. What a bunch of...
  • Dianne Feinstein's Husband Bags High-Speed Rail Construction Contract

    04/30/2013 4:34:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Big Government ^ | 4/30/2013 | Wynton Hall
    Sen. Diane Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum won a construction contract for California’s high-speed rail project, reports the California Political Review. Author Laer Pearce says Perini-Zachary-Parsons, a construction group partially owned by Blum’s investment firm, Blum Capital, and their investors, bagged the nearly billion dollar contract:
  • Feinstein's Hubby Wins CA High Speed Rail Contract

    04/26/2013 3:57:38 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 28 replies
    Crazifornia via FoxNews ^ | Friday April 26, 2013
    Out of the entire universe of those who could have won the first phase construction contract for California’s high speed rail boondoggle, who would stand out as the last person who would win it if there were no political patronage. Put another way, who is the most likely person to win it if there is political patronage? Both questions have the same answer: Richard Blum, the husband of California senator Diane Feinstein. So, who won the contract? Blum, of course, as the principle owner of Tutor Perini, the lead firm in the three-firm consortium selected by the California High Speed...
  • Guess whose Company won the bid for CA high speed rail?

    04/24/2013 6:56:41 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 32 replies
    The Daily Paul (yes, that Paul) ^ | 4/24/2013 | "RonPaul4Prez2012 "
    Dirty Business as Usual at California High Speed Rail From the article: Out of the entire universe of those who could have won the first phase construction contract for California’s high speed rail boondoggle, who would stand out as the last person who would win it if there were no political patronage. Put another way, who is the most likely person to win it if there is political patronage? Both questions have the same answer: Richard Blum, the husband of California senator Diane Feinstein. So, who won the contract? Blum, of course, as the principle owner of Tutor Perini, the...
  • Jennifer Griffin Reports On Obama Gun Running To Syria

    02/07/2013 9:18:55 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 144 replies
    Griffin just reported that during John Brennan's hearing, Senators are asking if Obama, The State Department and the Defense Department.. WERE ARMING SYRIAN REBELS VIA WEAPONS OUT OF LIBYA. Now Leon Penetta is admitting he and Hillary REQUESTED to do this. Even though Hillary said in her hearing she knew nothing about it. Hillary has been caught in a HUGE lie!
  • REPORT: Al Gore Made $100 Million In The Current TV Sale

    01/03/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/03/2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Amazing detail in Brian Stelter's reporting on the sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera: "Al Jazeera did not disclose the purchase price, but people with direct knowledge of the deal pegged it at around $500 million, indicating a $100 million payout for Mr. Gore, who owned 20 percent of Current. Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1, according to several people who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But the deal was not signed...
  • UPDATE: Al Jazeera Buys Current TV, But It Won’t Be On Time Warner Cable

    01/02/2013 6:18:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Deadline ^ | 1/2/13 | DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
    Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt just confirmed the sale in a memo to staffers. “Getting this transaction done was very difficult,” he writes. (Read the network’s official statement after the original break of the story.) Since Time Warner Cable would not consent to the sale “Current will no longer be carried on TWC. This is unfortunate, but I am confident that Al Jazeera America will earn significant additional carriage in the months and years ahead.” Time Warner Cable says that it is “removing the service as quickly as possible.” The loss of the No. 2 cable operator will hurt: Time...
  • Leftist/Jihadist Alliance: Al Jazeera acquires Current TV

    01/02/2013 6:26:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 1/2/13 | Robert
    As I noted earlier today, Al-Jazeera has been dubbed "the most powerful voice of the Muslim Brotherhood." And Pamela Geller has noted that "Al Jazeera is the leading terrorist propaganda organization in the world. Jihad murder mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki has praised Al Jazeera, and several years ago one of its most prominent reporters was arrested on terror charges. Al Jazeera also has for years been the recipient of numerous Al Qaeda videos featuring bin Laden, Zawahiri, and American traitor Adam Gadahn. Yet they never seem to be able to trace where these videos are coming from. They have repeatedly been...
  • Feinstein, Pelosi among richest in Congress

    10/05/2012 10:29:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/5/12 | Michelle Murphy, California News Service
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are among the 15 wealthiest members of Congress, according to a new survey. The annual rankings by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, showed the two San Francisco Democrats have a combined worth of at least $68 million, and potentially much more. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, tops the list with a minimum net worth of $306 million, roughly 4,000 times greater than the average American household. His wife, Linda, is the daughter of Lowry Mays, founder and CEO of Clear Channel Communications. No. 3 on the list, Rep. Darrell Issa,...
  • (CA) Poised to Sell Trophy Buildings to Unidentified Investors (and pay rent)

    12/25/2010 11:31:21 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies · 3+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 25, 2010 | Elizabeth Lesly Stevens
    As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to decamp from Sacramento on Jan. 3, he has displayed zealous determination to complete what critics say will be among the worst deals the state has ever made: the sale of 11 premier state office complexes to a group of politically connected private investors. ...California would pocket about $1.3 billion after debt is paid off, but would then be a tenant in the same buildings. According to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, the deal would cost taxpayers $6 billion over 35 years. ....Two prominent Bay Area lawyers sued to halt the sale, and the state...
  • Sen. Feinstein Aided Husband With Legislation

    04/24/2009 2:27:23 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 31 replies · 946+ views
    Newsmax ^ | April 21st | Dan Weil
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein may have violated Senate ethics rules by introducing legislation in January that indirectly benefited her husband. The legislation authorized that $25 billion of taxpayer money be given to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to help finance an FDIC proposal to avoid home foreclosures by promoting loan workouts and increasing federal loan guarantees, The Washington Times reports. The Democratic California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is chairman of the board of commercial real estate colossus CB Richard Ellis (CBRE). When Feinstein introduced her bill, the FDIC had just signed a contract with the firm to unload foreclosed properties for...
  • Feinstein responds to conflict of interest allegations

    04/21/2009 2:43:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 1,057+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 4/21/9 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein today dismissed as "nonsense" allegations that her efforts to bolster funding for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which protects bank depositors, aided her husband Richard Blum's real estate firm. The story by the conservative Washington Times, which appeared today, said that Feinstein's bill to increase FDIC funding by $25 billion arrived shortly after the agency awarded CB Richard Ellis Group, where Blum is chairman of the board, a contract to sell foreclosed houses. Blum's firm won the contract through competitive bidding. The purpose of the contract was to help the FDIC dispose of foreclosed properties it...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Senator's husband cashes in on crisis

    04/21/2009 4:51:49 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 27 replies · 1,967+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2009 | By Chuck Neubauer
    Feinstein sought $25 billion for agency that awarded contract to spouse On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms. Mrs. Feinstein's intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual: the California Democrat isn't a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs with jurisdiction over FDIC; and the agency is supposed to operate...
  • Sen. Feinstein's Husband Cashes In on Crisis (Contractual Kickback )

    04/21/2009 12:37:31 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 23 replies · 1,143+ views
    Fox ^ | Tuesday, April 21, 2009
    California senator sought $25 billion for a government agency that had awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties. On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms, the Washington Times reported on Tuesday. Mrs. Feinstein's intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual: the California Democrat isn't a member of the...
  • Senator's husband's firm cashes in on crisis

    04/21/2009 8:30:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 608+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2009 | Chuck Neubauer
    On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms. Mrs. Feinstein's intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual: the California Democrat isn't a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs with jurisdiction over FDIC; and the agency is supposed to operate from money it raises from bank-paid insurance payments - not direct...
  • Senator’s husband cashes in on crisis:Feinstein sought $25 billion for agency

    04/21/2009 4:47:18 AM PDT · by scooby321 · 10 replies · 669+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4-21-09 | Chuck Neubauer
    On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms. Mrs. Feinstein’s intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual: the California Democrat isn’t a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs with jurisdiction over FDIC; and the agency is supposed to operate from money it raises from bank-paid insurance payments - not direct...
  • Senator's husband cashes in on crisis (Feinstein Alert)

    04/20/2009 11:28:40 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 41 replies · 2,756+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 04/21/09 | Chuck Neubauer
    On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms. Mrs. Feinstein's intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual: the California Democrat isn't a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs with jurisdiction over FDIC; and the agency is supposed to operate from money it raises from bank-paid insurance payments - not direct...
  • Senate Husband's Firm Cashes In On Crisis [This is Criminal!!!]

    04/20/2009 8:12:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies · 1,478+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2009
    Senate husband's firm cashes in on crisis Feinstein sought $25 billion for agency that awarded contract to spouse By Chuck Neubauer THE WASHINGTON TIMES Tuesday, April 21, 2009 On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms. Mrs. Feinstein's intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual: the California Democrat isn't a member of the Senate Committee...
  • UC regents' powerhouse chief, Richard Blum

    04/14/2008 10:37:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 52+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/14/8 | Tanya Schevitz
    San Francisco financier Richard Blum has built his reputation - and his multimillion-dollar fortune - by swooping in and turning around troubled corporations. His first major coup was putting together a partnership in 1968 to buy the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for about $8 million - and then selling it for $40 million four years later. So it surprised no one that Blum adopted an alpha dog approach when he became chairman of the UC Board of Regents last year in the aftermath of the university's widely publicized management meltdown. And he's gotten results: the imminent departure...
  • UC Regents find new speaker for event {UC too good for Lawrence Summers}

    09/16/2007 5:14:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 121+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/16/7 | John Wildermuth
    Lawrence Summers, the controversial former president of Harvard University, has been replaced as the planned speaker at a UC Board of Regents dinner next week after complaints from faculty members. "(UC Regents) Chairman Richard Blum and Dr. Summers talked last Thursday and agreed that the regents would have a different speaker," Trey Davis, director of special projects for the UC system, said Saturday. Davis was unable to say whether a protest letter signed by more than 300 people from the university system had any effect on the decision to find a different speaker for the regents' dinner in Sacramento on...
  • Feinstein's Fury (one of Project Censored's 25 most underreported stories of 2007)

    08/09/2007 8:18:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 958+ views
    Metro Active ^ | 8/08/07 | Peter Byrne
    Feinstein's FuryUp against the big media spin machine By Peter Byrne 29 weeks later: Following the fallout from Metro's investigation of Sen. Feinstein. I AM PLEASED to announce that my national exposé of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's conflict of interest has been selected as one of the 25 most underreported stories of 2007 by Project Censored, headquartered at Sonoma State University. I cherish this award because it means I am doing my job as an investigative reporter. Stories that the mainstream media ignore often reveal truths about our system of governance that editors at corporate daily newspapers work overtime to cover...
  • Auditor under fire reaps big profits (Sen. Dianne Feinstein's D-CA hubby Richard Blum)

    08/03/2007 4:41:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 845+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/03/07 | David Whitney
    Auditor under fire reaps big profitsFirm has been criticized for rejecting many hospital Medicare claims in state. By David Whitney - Bee Washington Bureau Published 12:00 am PDT Friday, August 3, 2007 WASHINGTON -- PRG-Schultz International, the Atlanta auditing company under fire for its sweeping rejection of claims for California Medicare patients cared for by rehabilitation hospitals, announced soaring second-quarter profits Thursday. The announcement came a day after members of the California congressional delegation met with audit overseers in a heated meeting in which they complained that PRG-Schultz's wholesale rejection of claims is enriching its bottom line while jeopardizing health...
  • CA: Feinstein denies helping husband's firms - Senator declined to be interviewed on the subject

    07/01/2007 9:28:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,194+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/1/07 | Marcus Stern and Finlay Lewis - CNS
    WASHINGTON – During much of the time that Sen. Dianne Feinstein was a leader on the Senate subcommittee overseeing the Pentagon's military construction budget, her husband was heavily invested in companies holding hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts generated by the subcommittee's activities. The California Democrat denied that she helped her husband's companies in any way with contracts and said the Senate ethics committee approved the arrangement. But she declined to discuss the value of the contracts or release the ethics ruling. Feinstein also declined to be interviewed on the subject, relying instead on a spokesman. These questions arose...
  • Husband's investments entangle Feinstein (Latest flap over Medicare payment denials)

    06/04/2007 7:00:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 1,237+ views
    Sab Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/19/07 | David Whitney
    Husband's investments entangle FeinsteinLATEST FLAP OVER MEDICARE PAYMENT DENIALS By David Whitney McClatchy Newspapers Article Launched: 05/19/2007 01:36:54 AM PDT WASHINGTON - California lawmakers are questioning whether an auditing company in which San Francisco investor Richard Blum, the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has a major financial stake is rejecting Medicare claims at California rehabilitation hospitals in order to reap millions of dollars in profits at the expense of patient care. The company, PRG-Schultz International, has a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the overseer of the Medicare program, to check payments in California for mistakes. Its...
  • Medicare audits spark protest that nudges Feinstein (Lady MILCON & Richard Blum's latest travail)

    05/19/2007 2:19:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 838+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/19/07 | David Whitney
    WASHINGTON -- California lawmakers are questioning whether an auditing company in which San Francisco investor Richard Blum, the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has a major financial stake is rejecting Medicare claims at California rehabilitation hospitals to reap millions of dollars in profits at the expense of patient care. The company, PRG-Schultz International, has a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the overseer of the Medicare program, to check payments in California for mistakes. Its only pay is a bounty of up to 30 percent on the overcharges it identifies. The California Hospital Association first raised concerns...
  • Feinstein Conflict Allegations 'Aren't Going Away,' Watchdogs Say

    05/08/2007 9:47:30 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 16 replies · 904+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 08, 2007 | Fred Lucas
    Feinstein Conflict Allegations 'Aren't Going Away,' Watchdogs Say By Fred Lucas May 08, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein may have had as much of a financial interest in two defense contractors as her husband who controlled them, according to California law. The state's "community property law" could be relevant at a time when the senior Democratic senator from California is facing allegations of a conflict of interest and growing calls for an inquiry. Feinstein stepped down late last year from the Senate Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on military construction (MILCON) after five years on the panel. The subcommittee was charged...
  • Feinstein's Office Denies Conflict of Interest Charges

    04/04/2007 8:38:15 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies · 645+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 04, 2007 | Fred Lucas
    Feinstein's Office Denies Conflict of Interest Charges By Fred Lucas April 04, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - Breaking nearly a week of silence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office Tuesday called allegations of a conflict of interest "nonsense" and said the California Democrat played no role in awarding military contracts that benefited companies owned by her husband. It was reported last week that Feinstein no longer serves on a Senate subcommittee that oversaw military construction. Earlier this year, Metro Newspapers accused Feinstein of a conflict of interest because the subcommittee had oversight of military contracts that often went to defense contractors owned by her...
  • Feinstein quits committee under war-profiteer cloud

    03/28/2007 7:15:06 PM PDT · by OPS4 · 101 replies · 945+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | March 28, 2007 | 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
    Feinstein quits committee under war-profiteer cloud Report documents military contracts for firms owned by senator's husband -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: March 28, 2007 10:05 p.m. Eastern -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has abruptly walked away from her responsibilities with the Senate Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee after a report linked her votes to the financial well-being of her husband's companies, which received billions of dollars worth of military construction contracts she approved. As reported in Metroactive, an online report from the Silicon Valley, Feinstein's resignation followed six years of subcommittee work during which time her conflict...
  • Diane Feinstein resigns [from Senate subcommittee]

    03/22/2007 6:54:27 AM PDT · by zendari · 67 replies · 3,278+ views
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, 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. As MILCON leader, Feinstein relished the details of military construction, even micromanaging one project at the level of its sewer design. She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects,...
  • CA: Feinstein's husband takes on starring role (Richard Blum now Chairman of Board of Regents)

    03/21/2007 6:19:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 442+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/21/07 | Richard C. Paddock
    They are one of California's most influential political couples: four-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Richard Blum, a wealthy businessman, philanthropist and behind-the-scenes political advisor. For decades, first as San Francisco mayor and then as senator, Feinstein has had the public persona while Blum has operated in the background. Now, at 71, Blum has stepped into the limelight to take over as chairman of the University of California Board of Regents. --snip-- Blum was appointed to a 12-year term on the 26-member board in 2002 by then-Gov. Gray Davis, to whom Blum and his companies had given more than...
  • Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict (voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband's firms)

    02/01/2007 10:56:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 902+ views
    Metroactive.com ^ | 1/24/07 | Peter Byrne
    IN THE November 2006 election, the voters demanded congressional ethics reform. And so, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is now duly in charge of regulating the ethical behavior of her colleagues. But for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her own ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics experts. As chairperson and ranking member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 through the end of 2005, Feinstein supervised the appropriation of billions of dollars a year for specific military construction projects. Two defense contractors whose interests were largely controlled by...
  • Sen. Feinstein Rips Up Public Garden

    05/28/2006 3:49:25 PM PDT · by CAWats · 31 replies · 1,411+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 5/28/2006 | CAWats
    It must be tough keeping track of all the workmen doing your chores when you have as many multi-million dollar mansions as Senator Dianne Feinstein and her fabulously wealthy husband Richard Blum. The latest addition to the property collection is a 16 million dollar house in San Francisco, located adjacent to a public right-of-way along steps run up a hill. The workmen doing the gardening and renovation on the njew digs ripped up an entire formal garden located on public land. If it sounds like her crew went too far in digging up a public space, we should point out...
  • Bloom is off the rose for public garden at Feinstein mansion [California]

    05/28/2006 9:53:07 AM PDT · by ncountylee · 52 replies · 3,241+ views
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her mega-millionaire husband, Dick Blum, have a bit of fence mending to do with their soon-to-be neighbors in San Francisco's Gold Coast. It seems that workers remodeling the Pacific Heights mansion that the couple just bought leveled all the green in the adjoining public garden -- without the city's approval. And not just any green -- we're talking about a Tivoli-style garden just off the front entrance of the couple's $16.5 million abode, which sits at the foot of Vallejo Street, between the Presidio and some of the city's most posh residences. The garden is actually...
  • Feinstein insists U.S. not bound to protect Taiwan

    04/21/2006 3:18:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 102 replies · 2,071+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/20/06 | K. Oanh Ha
    In remarks certain to please visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday told a gathering of Chinese-American business and cultural leaders in San Francisco that the United States has no obligation to defend Taiwan if it provokes China into a military confrontation. Feinstein's comments came on a day when Hu and President Bush sat down together in Washington to discuss a range of issues -- including Taiwan, which China regards as the No. 1 issue in U.S.-China relations. Before his first U.S. visit this week, Hu urged Taiwanese leaders to resume talks with China and called...
  • The Democrats’ Daddy War Bucks Feinstein Family War-Profits:

    03/02/2006 4:47:20 PM PST · by BlueJ7 · 12 replies · 714+ views
    OpedNews ^ | March 2, 2006 | by Joshua Frank
    If this were a Republican senator's spouse scoring bundles off the spoils of war and passing it along to fellow Republicans, the liberals would be up in arms. But since Senator Dianne Feinstein is a leading Democrat -- mums the word. Partisanship trumps ethics.
  • CA: Former Feinstein staffer edited Wikipedia entries (cut references to Feinstein's net worth)

    02/09/2006 11:57:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 1,171+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/9/06 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Washington -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office acknowledged today that a former staff member had removed references to the California Democrat's net worth on the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, as well as altered entries about her husband Richard Blum's Chinese investments in 1997. A former staff member "independently went on to Wikipedia to correct some material he felt was not appropriate," said Feinstein spokesman Howard Gantman. "The senator was not even aware of it." The changes to the biographies of members of Congress, allegedly by their staffs, have again raised questions about the credibility of the online encyclopedia that has become an...
  • (from 1999) CLINTON LINKED TO INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN (yes, Hillary knows about slavery)

    02/04/2006 8:51:24 PM PST · by doug from upland · 38 replies · 1,163+ views
    worldnetdaily dot com ^ | 1999 | Charles Smith
    Clinton linked to 'international trafficking in women' Documents show presidential mission invited organized crime members Posted: October 26, 19991:00 a.m. Eastern By Charles Smith © 1999 WorldNetDaily.com Despite White House denials, the Clinton administration has had major contacts with Asian organized crime syndicates such as the Triads, and has befriended kingpins of international prostitution operations. Unraveling the tangled web involving Bill Clinton, Beijing and Asian organized crime starts with the president's close, and self-described "old," friendship with Arkansas restaurant owner Charlie Yah Lin Trie. Trie, who managed to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to Bill Clinton and the Democratic party, is...
  • Grand Reopening Sale! 101 Industry Excuses For Unwanted Bill Press Show

    09/14/2005 9:32:34 PM PDT · by chuckpez · 1 replies · 298+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | September 14th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Like a furniture store's endless "grand opening sale", or a tourist shop's perpetual "going out of business" sign, The Bill Press Show has had a nonstop series of "debuts". Each time, however, this production moves a bit further off-Broadway. The Radio Equalizer has written quite a lot about his syndicated radio program's failure to pick up affiliates and its questionable financial backers. From at least two industry trade publications, Press is getting a free pass. Inside Radio left out the controversy involving his sleazy investors, while Radio & Records actually pretended it was a new show:
  • Still Press-ed For Cash-- Air America Defender Needs $$ Now, No Questions Asked

    09/02/2005 11:28:38 AM PDT · by chuckpez · 4 replies · 372+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | September 2nd, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Have some extra money? Air America scandal apologist Bill Press seems to be having trouble raising $2 million needed for his stalled syndicated talk show. Perhaps you can help. Is the former CNN "Crossfire" host and California Democratic Party chairman willing to take it from just about anybody? So far, he's raised just a quarter of the necessary amount, with funding from dubious sources. No wonder he was so quick to defend Air America in the midst of its sleazy scandal, it must have seemed a minor issue to the longtime Democrat operative....
  • CA: Wealthy, powerful and running again - Feinstein's net worth puts her among Senate's most elite

    08/13/2005 3:42:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 527+ views
    SFgate.com ^ | 8/13/05 | Edward Epstein
    Washington -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein goes into her 2006 re-election campaign as one of the richest members of the U.S. Senate, an elite club where roughly half the members are millionaires, her annual financial disclosure statement showed Friday. Feinstein is a millionaire in her own right, but her wealth is multiplied many times over by that of her husband, San Francisco-based international investor Richard C. Blum. He is among the richest Senate spouses, along with Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of the Democratic 2004 presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. It's impossible to paint an exact financial picture for Feinstein...
  • The TEXAS Connection (Enron-PGE takeover connected to CA Senator Feinstein)

    11/04/2004 11:02:36 AM PST · by Robert357 · 19 replies · 1,348+ views
    Wilamette Week Online ^ | 11/3/2004 | NIGEL JAQUISS
    Last week, a well-respected online business publication provided yet another possible link between Neil Goldschmidt and the Texans who recruited him to take over Portland General Electric. On Oct. 28, Bloomberg News published an account of Texas Pacific Group's struggle to buy Oregon's largest utility. The story quoted Richard Blum, a San Francisco investor who has been a business partner and hiking companion of Texas Pacific CEO David Bonderman for the past decade. Blum is no stranger to acquiring heavily regulated businesses in Oregon--nor is he a stranger to Goldschmidt. Correspondence obtained by WW from the state archives shows that...
  • ($500 million) Iraq deal awarded to Blum venture (Diane Feinstein's husband) to fix energy grid

    03/13/2004 7:30:30 AM PST · by A_Niceguy_in_CA · 17 replies · 478+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3-13-2004 | David R Baker
    <p>Perini Corp., a Massachusetts construction company partially owned by the investment firm of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, landed a $500 million contract Friday to repair southern Iraq's electricity grid.</p> <p>Perini is one of several American firms mobilized to restore Iraq's electricity under a series of contracts issued by the Pentagon this week. On Friday, Washington Group International won a $500 million contract to restore power in northern Iraq.</p>
  • CA: Feinstein stays aloof, publicly, out of state

    08/05/2003 12:44:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 262+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 8/5/03 | Marc Sandalow - SF Chronicle
    <p>Washington -- As California embarks upon the most politically tumultuous week in memory, the state's most popular politician is cloistered a thousand miles away taking in a seminar on U.S. security policy.</p> <p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who first eyed the governorship more than a decade ago, has remained remarkably detached from the raw electoral maneuverings in her home state, even as a growing number of elected officials call on her to place her name on the recall ballot.</p>
  • Chocolate Mountain.. The DiFi - Davi$ & more connection - The Great Gold Heist

    07/30/2003 7:06:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 4,722+ views
    Yahoo! Search ^ | 7/30/03 | Karen Lee Bixman
    Originally published June 15,2001 THE GREAT GOLD HEISTThe Desert Wilderness Protection Act by Karen Lee Bixman Published in: Media ByPass Magazine (1-800-4-bypass) Senator Diane Feinstein: "The Modern Jesse James" Congress should be convening a criminal investigation. On October 8, 1994, the biggest gold heist in history occurred, but this theft lacked the melodrama of a Jesse James' holdup or the excitement of a Brink's truck robbery. Nary a word was reported by the media even though this thievery was committed in the light of day. The citizens that were being robbed tried to cry out for help but the lawmen...
  • War brings business to Feinstein spouse, Blum's firms win multimillion-dollar defense contracts

    04/27/2003 3:33:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies · 143+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 4-27-03 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    <p>When it comes to scoring mega-military-related contracts, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's multimillionaire husband, Richard Blum, is right in the thick of things.</p> <p>First up: a contract announced last week between the Army and URS Corp., the San Francisco planning and engineering company that specializes in defense work -- and that happens to be partly owned by Blum's investment firm.</p>
  • Army Contract for Feinstein's Husband.

    04/22/2003 4:32:21 PM PDT · by NFOShekky · 59 replies · 1,741+ views
    <p>URS Corp., a San Francisco planning and engineering firm partially owned by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, landed an Army contract Monday worth up to $600 million.</p> <p>The award to help with troop mobilization, weapons systems training and anti-terrorism efforts is the latest in a string of plum defense jobs snared by URS. In February, the firm won an army engineering and logistics contract that could bring in $3.1 billion during the next eight years.</p>
  • Richard Blum Plumbs Nasdaq's Ruins

    07/29/2002 1:29:03 PM PDT · by markfiveFF · 315+ views
    San Francisco, July 29 (Bloomberg) -- For three years, Richard Blum watched the Internet bubble grow from the balcony of his fourth-floor office, where Buddhist prayer flags rustle in the breeze from San Francisco Bay. His 27-year-old investment firm, Blum Capital Partners LP, avoided soaring technology stocks. ... Blum counts as friends Chinese President Jiang Zemin and the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader whom the Chinese government terms a dissident. ... Blum's 22-year marriage to Feinstein has brought charges of conflicts of interest. When Feinstein ran for reelection in October 2000, she backed improved trade relations with China. ......