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“Halliburton” Anyone?

Cold busted Dianne Feinstein resigns committee post

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, some of which were contracted to her husband’s companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp.

Let’s be clear here: as opposed to Cheney and Halliburton, HER HUSBAND OWNED THE FUCKING JOINTS GETTING THE MONEY.

some guy over at St. Rusty of the “Bring the Jihad, Bitch!”:

This is genuine news. Political corruption on a scale as big as Duke Cunningham, and the mainstream press is worried about 8 US attorneys losing their jobs in a completely legal hard-ball political axing-session.

Someone wake me when this shows up in the press or any major media and the “Fifth Estate” starts tearing this story wide open.

I’ll even feed you pikers the lede:

“Senator deciding taxpayer funding directed it to hubby”

Nah, nuthin’ to see here. Move along, sheeple.

UPDATE: Captain Ed:

During the 2006 election, Feinstein’s party made a lot of hay out of non-competitve contracting by the government. Democrats railed especially about Halliburton, even though Halliburton won 95% of its contract dollars by full and open competition. Now we see that Feinstein herself had no problem with non-competitive practices, as long as it meant stuffing her own pockets with taxpayer money. Take a look at the percentages in the above. In 2005, CB Richard Ellis made $100 million in federal contracts, only half of which had been part of full and open competitive bidding.

When we talk about political corruption, this is exactly what we mean.

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