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    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N09727978.htm

    Firms with Bush-Cheney ties clinching Katrina deals
    10 Sep 2005 14:54:50 GMT

    Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President George W. Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast.

    One is Shaw Group Inc. and the other is Halliburton Co. subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. Vice President Dick Cheney is a former head of Halliburton.

    Bechtel National Inc., a unit of San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp., has also been selected by FEMA to provide short-term housing for people displaced by the hurricane. Bush named Bechtel's CEO to his Export Council and put the former CEO of Bechtel Energy in charge of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

    Experts say it has been common practice in both Republican and Democratic administrations for policy makers to take lobbying jobs once they leave office, and many of the same companies seeking contracts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina have already received billions of dollars for work in Iraq.

    Halliburton alone has earned more than $9 billion. Pentagon audits released by Democrats in June showed $1.03 billion in "questioned" costs and $422 million in "unsupported" costs for Halliburton's work in Iraq.

    But the web of Bush administration connections is attracting renewed attention from watchdog groups in the post-Katrina reconstruction rush. Congress has already appropriated more than $60 billion in emergency funding as a down payment on recovery efforts projected to cost well over $100 billion.

    "The government has got to stop stacking senior positions with people who are repeatedly cashing in on the public trust in order to further private commercial interests," said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight.

    TWO BUSH APPOINTEES AT HALLIBURTON

    Allbaugh formally registered as a lobbyist for Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root in February.

    In lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Senate, Allbaugh said his goal was to "educate the congressional and executive branch on defense, disaster relief and homeland security issues affecting Kellogg Brown and Root."

    Melissa Norcross, a Halliburton spokeswoman, said Allbaugh has not, since he was hired, "consulted on any specific contracts that the company is considering pursuing, nor has he been tasked by the company with any lobbying responsibilities."

    Allbaugh is also a friend of Michael Brown, director of FEMA who was removed as head of Katrina disaster relief and sent back to Washington amid allegations he had padded his resume.

    A few months after Allbaugh was hired by Halliburton, the company retained another high-level Bush appointee, Kirk Van Tine.

    Van Tine registered as a lobbyist for Halliburton six months after resigning as deputy transportation secretary, a position he held from December 2003 to December 2004.

    On Friday, Kellogg Brown & Root received $29.8 million in Pentagon contracts to begin rebuilding Navy bases in Louisiana and Mississippi. Norcross said the work was covered under a contract that the company negotiated before Allbaugh was hired.

    Halliburton continues to be a source of income for Cheney, who served as its chief executive officer from 1995 until 2000 when he joined the Republican ticket for the White House. According to tax filings released in April, Cheney's income included $194,852 in deferred pay from the company, which has also won billion-dollar government contracts in Iraq.

    Cheney's office said the amount of deferred compensation is fixed and is not affected by Halliburton's current economic performance or earnings.

    Allbaugh's other major client, Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group, has updated its Web site to say: "Hurricane Recovery Projects -- Apply Here!"

    Shaw said on Thursday it has received a $100 million emergency FEMA contract for housing management and construction. Shaw also clinched a $100 million order on Friday from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Shaw Group spokesman Chris Sammons said Allbaugh was providing the company with "general consulting on business matters," and would not say whether he played a direct role in any of the Katrina deals. "We don't comment on specific consulting activities," he said.
    “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

    Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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    • #3
      Cui bono?
      I'm always right.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dr.Gonzo@Sep 12 2005, 01:47 PM

        LOL

        I need to put that on the back of my van
        “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

        Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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        • #5
          For what it is worth . . .

          Halliburton hired for storm cleanup
          The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina. ADVERTISEMENT


          Halliburton subsidiary KBR will also perform damage assessments at other naval installations in New Orleans as soon as it is safe to do so.

          KBR was assigned the work under a "construction capabilities" contract awarded in 2004 after a competitive bidding process. The company is not involved in the Army Corps of Engineers' effort to repair New Orleans' levees.
          http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory...siness/3335685
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          • #6
            The Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group, CNN tells us, is a major corporate client of Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Among its Katrina-related contracts are this one valued up to $100 million from FEMA; and this one also valued up to $100 million from the Army Corps of Engineers.

            But in their zeal to embarrass the Bush administration, CNN overlooks one very fat and inconvenient fact--and embarrasses only itself.

            The Shaw Group, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate, is headed by Jim Bernhard, the current chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Bernhard worked tirelessly for Democrat Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's runoff campaign and served as co-chair of her transition team. Another Shaw executive was Blanco's campaign manager. Bernhard is back-scratching chums with Blanco, whom he has lent/offered the Shaw Group's corporate jets to on numerous occasions.

            So, why was none of this mentioned in CNN's Bush-profiteers-are-evil narrative?
            Send them a clue here.

            Fortunately for CNN, they weren't the only ones guilty of this glaring omission:

            UPI failed to note that the CEO of the Shaw Group also happens to be the Louisiana Democratic Party chairman and beleaguered La. Gov. Kathleen Blanco's most influential crony.

            So did the London Observer.

            And Reuters/MSNBC. And the CBC.

            And the NYTimes (reprinted in the Minnesota Star Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Scotsman, and scores of media outlets around the world).



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            • #7
              Phantom:

              I don't know anything about the Shaw Group, but the Halliburton criticism is just amusing. Their subsidiary -- KBF -- was awarded a contract last year to be the point company in the clean up of natural disasters for the federal government. This was a contract -- that was competitively bid by the way -- that was awarded last year.

              So, it only makes sense that they would be assigned to clean up various Naval facilities that were damaged by the storm. But try telling that to those who are simply predisposed to hating Halliburton. This is clearly a case of: "Don't let the facts get in the way . . . ."
              "You can't handle my opinions." Moedrabowsky

              Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

              "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FAR52@Sep 12 2005, 01:15 PM
                Phantom:

                I don't know anything about the Shaw Group, but the Halliburton criticism is just amusing.  Their subsidiary -- KBF -- was awarded a contract last year to be the point company in the clean up of natural disasters for the federal government.  This was a contract -- that was competitively bid by the way -- that was awarded last year. 

                So, it only makes sense that they would be assigned to clean up various Naval facilities that were damaged by the storm.  But try telling that to those who are simply predisposed to hating Halliburton.  This is clearly a case of:  "Don't let the facts get in the way . . . ."
                I agree. But it's just as worth pointing out the overlooking of the Shaw Group's ties to Dems. Why wasn't that reported? Hmmm....
                "Need some wood?" -- George W. Bush, October 8, 2004

                "Historians will judge if this war is just, not your punk ass." -- Dave Glover, December 8, 2004

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by phantom+Sep 12 2005, 01:19 PM-->
                  QUOTE(phantom @ Sep 12 2005, 01:19 PM)

                • #10
                  Originally posted by phantom@Sep 12 2005, 02:08 PM
                  The Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group, CNN tells us, is a major corporate client of Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Among its Katrina-related contracts are this one valued up to $100 million from FEMA; and this one also valued up to $100 million from the Army Corps of Engineers.

                  But in their zeal to embarrass the Bush administration, CNN overlooks one very fat and inconvenient fact--and embarrasses only itself.

                  The Shaw Group, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate, is headed by Jim Bernhard, the current chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Bernhard worked tirelessly for Democrat Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's runoff campaign and served as co-chair of her transition team. Another Shaw executive was Blanco's campaign manager. Bernhard is back-scratching chums with Blanco, whom he has lent/offered the Shaw Group's corporate jets to on numerous occasions.

                  So, why was none of this mentioned in CNN's Bush-profiteers-are-evil narrative?
                  Send them a clue here.

                  Fortunately for CNN, they weren't the only ones guilty of this glaring omission:

                  UPI failed to note that the CEO of the Shaw Group also happens to be the Louisiana Democratic Party chairman and beleaguered La. Gov. Kathleen Blanco's most influential crony.

                  So did the London Observer.

                  And Reuters/MSNBC. And the CBC.

                  And the NYTimes (reprinted in the Minnesota Star Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Scotsman, and scores of media outlets around the world).



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                  I wonder then how this fits into the equation? Is Jim Bernhardt related to David Bernhardt?

                  DAVID BERNHARDT
                  Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Department of the Interior

                  Then: As an attorney with Brownstein, Hyatt, and Farber, Bernhardt lobbied Congress and federal administrative agencies on behalf of Delta Petroleum Corp., Timet-Titanium Metals Corp., NL Industries (an international chemical company), and the Shaw Group (a maker of piping for oil companies and power plants). Bernhardt also worked for 6 years on the staff of Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo), serving as point person for a federal water rights settlement with Colorado's Ute Indian tribe. Critics of the settlement claim that its true purpose was not to appease native groups, but to benefit developers.

                  Now: Bernhardt has been one of the administration's point people in the push to promote oil drilling from the Arctic to Wyoming; in 2001, he helped prepare congressional testimony on Arctic drilling for Interior Secretary Gale Norton that dismissed warnings from the government's own scientists. The Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency that runs the wildlife refuge, had reported that drilling could have a negative impact on the region's caribou herds. According to published reports, Bernhardt rewrote the FWS findings, and Norton, in answering questions before a Senate panel, misrepresented the research, relying instead on information from a report funded by BP Exploration.


                  http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:ggD5Y...ernhardt+&hl=en
                  “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

                  Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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                  • #11
                    Raz, one is Bernhard, the other is Bernhardt.

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                    • #12
                      Maybe this will help -- from the Louisiana Democratic Party website:



                      About Our Chairman

                      J. M. Bernhard, Jr. is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Shaw Group Inc., a Fortune 500 company offering a broad range of services to the power, process, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response markets. The Company’s stock is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SGR.” Under Mr. Bernhard’s leadership, The Shaw Group has grown dramatically and through a series of strategic acquisitions to over $3 billion in revenues since its inception in 1987. Shaw is one of the youngest companies to be named to the Fortune 500 and recently debuted on the magazine’s list of “America’s Most Admired Companies”. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Company employs over 18,000 people at its offices and operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

                      In 2001, Mr. Bernhard was the recipient of the Ernst and Young “U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year” Award. His professional accomplishments were also featured in a cover story in the April 1, 2002 issue of Engineering News-Record.

                      Mr. Bernhard was recently inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction. He has received the Corporate Champions for Children Award, LSU College of Education’s “Special Recognition” Award. He was named Perpetual Founder of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, and received the Tiger Athletic Foundation Augie Cross Memorial “Member of the Year” Award.

                      An active participant in many civic and philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Bernhard was recently selected as Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. He co-chaired the transition team for the governor of Louisiana, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. Mr. Bernhard is also a member of Select Council for Revenues and Expenditures (SECURE) for Louisiana’s Future and serves on the Committee of 100 for the State of Louisiana. He is a major benefactor to both Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University and at Southern University, where he served as an adjunct professor. He is a member of numerous trade and civic organizations.

                      Prior to founding The Shaw Group, Mr. Bernhard was Vice President and General Manager of Sunland Services, a state-of-the-art pipe fabrication company, which was later acquired by Shaw. He also served on the Board of Directors of Barnard and Burk Engineers & Constructors from 1984 to 1986.

                      Mr. Bernhard is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he currently lives with his wife Dana and their children. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1976 with a degree in Construction Management. Mr. Bernhard enjoys traveling, golf, hunting, fishing, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and children.
                      http://www.lademo.org/index.php?display=Sh...9508&pid=329508
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                      • #13
                        "Competative bid" process. Ha ha.


                        Some of you don't know contracting very well.....
                        Your friends list is empty

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by backstop+Sep 12 2005, 01:35 PM-->
                          QUOTE(backstop @ Sep 12 2005, 01:35 PM)
                          Raz, one is Bernhard, the other is Bernhardt.
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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by Infidel@Sep 12 2005, 01:44 PM
                          "Competative bid" process. Ha ha.


                          Some of you don't know contracting very well.....
                          Are you saying that the company run by the chairman of the LA Democratic Party got the contract unfairly?
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