16 March 2007

It pays to have friends.

I saw this over at Glen Dean's site. (To Glen's credit, he has mentioned this in spite of his normal predilection for criticizing the Dems.)

For those of you who might be interested in a real scandal, as opposed to one created out of the air, you might want to check this out. Apparently, the Corps of Engineers spent 26.6 million on some crappy water pumps that were built by a company owned by a former business partner of Jeb Bush. Luckily, the last hurricane season was mild. Something stinks!
MWI is owned by J. David Eller and his sons. Eller was once a business partner of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a venture called Bush-El that marketed MWI pumps. And Eller has donated about $128,000 to politicians, the vast majority of it to the Republican Party, since 1996, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

"The decision to use these guys was not political; there was no connection there," said Frederick Young, a former Corps project manager who oversaw much of the work with the pumps.

When the decision was made to go to larger-diameter hydraulic pumps on the canals, MWI was the only "manufacturer that was agreeable to our timetable" of getting the pumps in place by June 1, Young said. Young said he had recommended using dozens of smaller pumps that had already been proven to work.

1 comment:

DAV said...

NCLB deja vu