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WH Steers $25M Contract To Dem Donor

Fox News shows how journalism used to be done:

Obama Administration Steers Lucrative No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work to Dem Donor

James Rosen

January 25, 2010

The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.

Despite President Obama’s long history of criticizing the Bush administration for "sweetheart deals" with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.

The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington-based firm owned by economist and Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, will pay the firm $24,673,427 to provide "rule of law stabilization services" in war-torn Afghanistan.

A synopsis of the contract published on the USAID Web site says Checchi & Company will "train the next generation of legal professionals" throughout the Afghan provinces and thereby "develop the capacity of Afghanistan’s justice system to be accessible, reliable, and fair."

The legality of the arrangement as a "sole source," or no-bid, contract was made possible by virtue of a waiver signed by the USAID administrator. "They cancelled the open bid on this when they came to power earlier this year," a source familiar with the federal contracting process told Fox News.

"That’s kind of weird," said another source, who has worked on "rule of law" issues in both Afghanistan and Iraq, about the no-bid contract to Checchi & Company. "There’s lots of companies and non-governmental organizations that do this sort of work." …

Corporate rivals of Checchi were reluctant to speak on the record about the no-bid contract awarded to his firm because they feared possible retribution by the Obama administration in the awarding of future contracts.

"We don’t want to be blackballed," said the managing partner of a consulting firm that has won similar contracts. "You’ve got to be careful. We’re dealing here with people and offices that we depend on for our business."

Still, the rival executive confirmed that open bidding on USAID’s lucrative Afghanistan "rule of law" contract was abruptly revoked by the agency earlier this year.

"It’s a mystery to us," the managing partner said. "We were going to bid on it. The solicitation (for bids) got pulled back, and we do not know why. We may never know why. These are things that we, as companies doing business with the government, have to put up with." …

Hard to believe, isn’t it?

From our most open, honest and transparent administration ever?

And, lest we forget, there was no one else who could do what Halliburton could do, except for perhaps the French company Schlumberger.

Upon whose board of directors sits one Jamie Gorelick.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “WH Steers $25M Contract To Dem Donor”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    Probably a front for Halliburton.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”says Checchi & Company will “train the next generation of legal professionals….”

      Well, ya gotta admit. If you’re going to teach a bunch of people how to be crooks and thugs, you couldn’t do much better than hire a bunch of Democrats to do the teaching.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “Dewey, Fleesem and Howe”

      Chi-Towns most coveted Barristers of “CRIMINAL” justice.

  2. proreason says:

    Jamie Gorelick sure gets around.

    She put up the firewall between the CIA and FBI that caused 9/11.

    She made a fortune sitting of the board of Fannie Mae where she earned over $20 million. Her total lack of experience with finance or housing didn’t seem to slow her down.

    Now she is on this board.

    Kinda makes you wonder, doesn’t it.

    • JohnMG says:

      Doesn’t make me wonder, but it does make me ill.

      This whole bunch is morally bankrupt. They find their behavior the norm–the new standard. I find it disgustingly offensive.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    “train the next generation of legal professionals”

    Oh GOD no.

    Like those lawyers Clinton sent to post-Soviet Russia to council them in democratic-capitalism?

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Why not hire Cheech & Chong to run their DEA operations …………


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