Sunday, April 01, 2007

Dianne Feinstein resigns committee post
amid scandal; accused of war profiteering

From AlterNet:

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.

Perhaps she resigned from MILCON because she could not take the heat generated by Metro's expose of her ethics (which was partially funded by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute). Or was her work on the subcommittee finished because Blum divested ownership of his military construction and advanced weapons manufacturing firms in late 2005?

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For years, without really looking into it, I thought Feinstein was a liberal because, you know, she's a Democrat and she's from California. Then I heard Jello Biafra railing away against her conservative tendencies. That's when I decided I should hate her. I mean, yeah, she's good on the environment, women's rights, and gun control, but she's a total corporatist, as big of a poster child for what's wrong with the Democratic Party as the Clintons. At least Republicans are honest about what they are.

Feinstein's a heinous bitch. Fuck her. This scandal's just perfect for her, too. She likes to play with bigtime corporate and government money, and that's what's got her in trouble. I hope she gets roasted.