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Updating the Feinstein resignation
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Last week I mentioned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had resigned from her chair on the Senate Subcommittee on Military Construction Appropriations. The reason - inquiries from the left:
The decision came less than two months after Metro Newspapers, a group of alternative weekly papers in northern California, detailed the number of defense contracts awarded to Perini Corp. and URS Corp., both of which her husband, Richard C. Blum, has ownership, according to the newspapers.

The investigation was partially funded by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute, a non-profit organization affiliated with the liberal magazine The Nation.
As Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch points out these are left-leaning papers and organizations which initially brought up the apparent conflict of interest.

Now it appears other groups, more affiliated with the right, are interested in seeing an investigation go forward:
Fitton said this is something Judicial Watch wanted to further investigate, possibly by seeking public documents on the matter and by asking the Senate Ethics Committee to look into the matter for a possible conflict of interest on Feinstein's part.

"On the face of it, it seems she at least had influence on how contracts were awarded," Fitton said. "There should be an investigation."
I agree. And that's one reason I'm updating this. It needs visibility. As someone said, the function of the blogosphere may not be to break news, but one of the things it does best is keep it alive. This is one of those instances as it seems neither the MSM or the Democrats want anything to do with checking this out.

And what exactly should be investigated?
The California weeklies detailed examples that included a subcommittee hearing in which Feinstein asked Pentagon officials about increasing anti-terrorism protection for Army bases.

The next year, in March 2003, Feinstein asked why the funds for anti-terror protection had not been spent. Just over a month later, URS announced a $600 million contract to provide services for U.S. Army bases that included anti-terrorism force protection.

In another instance, Feinstein asked another military official when money would be spent on a maintenance facility for the C-17 Hickam Air Base in Hawaii. URS later announced a $42 million contract to build it.

Also, Feinstein's subcommittee in mid-2005 approved funds to reinforce roofs at military stations in Iraq, and in October of that year, Perini got a $185 million federal contract for that purpose, the papers reported.
Like I said, at a minimum it seems to be a conflict of interest and it could be much, much more.

Here, however, is the inherent problem:
The matter should be probed further, said Kenneth Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative government watchdog group. However, he isn't that confident in the Senate's ability to police itself.

"The real problem is there is too little objectivity," Boehm told Cybercast News Service. "Congress needs an independent watchdog. The ethics committees are partisan. They have an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, but the reality is that things don't get looked at that should get looked at."
One of the things Sen. Obama thought was an important ethics reform was the establishement of an independent watchdog:

Any guess as to who opposed its establishment?
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who will oversee any proposal as the incoming chairwoman of the Rules Committee, for example, said she was opposed to an independent Congressional ethics watchdog. “If the law is clear and precise, members will follow it,” she said in an interview. “As to whether we need to create a new federal bureaucracy to enforce the rules, I would hope not.”
This scandal could be very large if it is ever actually investigated and both the left and right acknowledge that:
Meanwhile, Melanie Sloan, executive director of the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, reportedly said the Feinstein matter could eclipse other congressional scandals.

"There are a number of members of Congress with conflicts of interest," Sloan told Metro Newspapers. "But because of the amount of money involved, Feinstein's conflict of interest is an order of magnitude greater than those conflicts."
So where's the investigation? Wasn't it the Democrats who promised they'd do everything necessary to end the 'culture of corruption'? Time to step up and do what you said you'd do, Dems.
 
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This scandal could be very large if it is ever actually investigated and both the left and right acknowledge that
Two words: Sandy Berger.
Wasn’t it the Democrats who promised they’d do everything necessary to end the ’culture of corruption’
Two more words: WIlliam Jefferson.


Don’t count on the Dems or big media to look into this much if at all. Maybe the GOP will wise up and make a huge stink about it, but that’s doubtful.

 
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Sure they SAID they would "do everything necessary to end the ’culture of corruption’", but you didn’t actually think they would DO it, did you?

They SAID they would. They intended... That’s MORE than enough effort on the part of liberals.

I thought you knew. Didn’t you get the memo? :)
 
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Right Wing Witch Hunt....
 
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Damnit Joe... Gimme a sign when you’re being sarcastic! :)
 
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Scott, that would be cheating....
 
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Yes, but it would stop me from making posts that call into question my sense of humor... :)

Jerks. ;)
 
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"Yes, but it would stop me from making posts that call into question my sense of humor... :)"

Humour!? You find public corruption humourous? The destruction of our Republic through moral decay, betrayal of trust, and pollution of our precious bodly fluids is a matter of humour to you?

 
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If the law is clear and precise, members will follow it,
Senator Feinstein, the Reality Bank just called: your check bounced.
 
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Thankfully, I’ve seen that movie (own it on VHS and DVD, thankyuoverymuch), and thus was able to spot the jest...

And no, it isn’t a matter for ’humour’... Democrats, though, are just wacky enough to elicit a chuckle. :)

And yer all a big ol’ bunch of meanies, btw...
 
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"Bat" was kewl but my heart goes to Grp Captain Mandrake and to Major Kong...
 
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The entire movie was 100% brilliant. We need more stuff like that, not this Will Farell or Ben Stiller crap.
 
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"...Tot-to-toe nook-cue-lar combat with the Rooskies...."
 
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