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It isn’t common for an Interior secretary to be a household name, but Ryan Zinke just cannot stay out of the news! This week, people can’t enough of Whitefish Energy, a company with two full-time fellas, whose biggest previous contract was rebuilding (parts of) 4.8 miles of line in Arizona, and who conveniently scored a no-bid, $300 million contract with Puerto Rico’s energy agency to rebuild its entire grid!

Lucky guys in the right place at the right time? Or maybe greased along a little by their personal connection to Mr. Interior Secretary And Also Scam-Pac’er Zinke, who also makes Whitefish his home (when he is not actually living in Santa Barbara)? Well, that is just speculation which both Whitefish and Zinke deny! But you can see why people might be innerested.

Now, the Daily Beast’s Ken Klippenstein has reviewed the leaked contract between Whitefish Energy and PREPA (Puerto Rico’s energy authority), and HOLY WOW! Have these fuckers write all your contracts for the rest of your life, because MAN are they good!

First, no government agency, from Puerto Rico to FEMA, may audit or review their spending. Second, Puerto Rico may not sue them if they don’t finish the job.

Let’s just stop there.

No, you know what, we are not even stopping there, because we have no words to describe our admiration at these fuckers’ legal know-how.

Let us continue.

OK. That per diem. Let’s say on a loooong day, we spend $150 on gas for the Wonkebago to come throw you parties! Then we MIGHT spend $50 on a particularly groovy camp site (though usually we like to sleep at Wonkers’ driveways or a pretty scoop at the side of the road). That leaves us only one bottle of Dom Perignon (per day), and like $20 left over!

Oh, except Whitefish subcontractors’ transportation is already paid for separately. Back to the per diem drawing board!

OR NOT, BECAUSE FUCK YOU NO AUDIT ALLOWED.

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  • WotsAllThisThen

    See? Trump told you he makes the best deals.

  • Anna Elizabeth’s Milkshakes
    • Really shouldn’t focus on the per diem food charges. It’s pretty much inline with the DOD per diem. If you think about it, it makes some sense.

      When you’re at home, you have a fridge, stove, etc… and you have time to go out shopping, preparing meals, etc.. On business, when traveling, those usually aren’t available. So you eat out. On average $20-$30 per meal x 3 meals gets you in that ball park.

      https://twitter.com/Fwimbly/status/923876209318129664

      (PS Its also why most hotels have gyms because faaaq business travel is terrible on anyone’s waistlines).

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        yeah, but that chart doesn’t have a single country area (my bad, not wearing glasses, don’t know dick about puerto rico, or how to read apparently) above $300 per day. ANd it looks like its BOTH for food and lodging.

        • Augustus

          and the columns are for 0-30 days, 30-180 days, and 181+ days

          unless they are able to rebuild in less than 30 days, the full value (the light blue column) is not used, but one of the reduced rates

  • wide_stance_hubby

    It’s ok, people. The newly formed Department of Homeland Winning has complete oversight on all government spending now!

  • Me and a colleague sent toy rockets up back in the 70s
    and we just got a contract to take over NASA and get men to Mars.

    We are as qualified as Whitefish.

  • Scooby

    Does that include drinks, tips, shore excursions and port charges?

    • Roadstergal

      And hooker allowance?

      • LiberalANDProud

        No, but each worker gets a complimentary handy with the Continental Breakfast.

      • Scooby

        It’s a government contract. It always includes hooker allowance.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          But are they pee hookers? No one ever thinks of the poor pee hookers.

  • Yeah… we have cities with poisoned water, crumbling infrastructure, towns without jobs, people gunned down by the police regularly, violent outbreaks regularly, and massive fraud and corruption in government as money is funneled to friends of political cronies.

    We’re a fucking third-world nation now. All we’re lacking is Generalissimo Trump putting on a uniform with a shitload of medals.

  • TJ Barke

    Corrupt as fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

    • Shibusa

      Crickets from Republicans on the Hill.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    Trying to get my head around a contract that says you can’t sue for breach of the contract and you can’t even look to see if I breached the contract… Who the fuck ARE these Whitefish guys, and how’d they write this up in the few days they had to do it?

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    300+ bucks a day for accommodations? Where the heck are they staying?

    • TJ Barke

      Not a Trump property, cuz the one in Puerto Rico fucking failed, because Trump is a failure.

    • LiberalANDProud

      I don’t know exactly, but I heard it’s a hummer dinger of a hotel.

    • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

      Where they are staying is some shack being rented out for $10/day. Whitelie Energy is billing the govt $332.41 per man-day and pocketing $322.41 per man-day.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        And where the Hell does that exact number come from?!

        • Mr. Blobfish

          Sounds more like a night at a nice B & B.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        those almost ritzy NYC hotel prices, no?

  • Indiepalin

    All this cash to build ONE casino and resort complex?

  • Jgb979

    I genuinely do hope there’s a hell for anyone who’s grifting themselves a hundred million dollar fortune from human beings pain and misery.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Three hundred.

  • Wee Mousie

    I can see that cowpoke having a lot of pain later in life, especially when he caths.

    • Ωbjectifier

      Not to worry, he’s a trained seal.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Another great deal from the Orange Foolius, Greatest Deal Maker in History (Just ask him!). The Greatest Deal Maker who only hires the best people: “I only hire the best people. The best. Believe me.” And he wouldn’t lie!

    Truth: “One in three Trump supporters is just as fucking stupid and gullible and willfully ignorant as the other two.”

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7tgJYUX0AAQhu4.jpg

  • Phoenixdoglover

    I know everyone can relate to the high per diem charges, but that’s not really where these guys are going to make the big bucks. There are two other places where they will do that:

    – Hourly equipment charges based on an assumed 16 hours per day, 7 days per week usage. A pickup truck is charged at $32 per hour. You do the math on the weekly or monthly charges that will be billed.

    – Subcontractor hourly labor rates significantly higher than main contractor rates. Since all of the labor will be from subcontractors, the main contract holders will skim the excess, at least $50 per hour per worker. Gravy.

    • Suttree

      Some of it sure. But $330/day for lodging? Is there a Four Seasons on the island?

      • TJ Barke

        Probably is, actually.

      • Phoenixdoglover

        PR has some ritzy places, mostly in San Juan or on the nearby coast. It is more likely the workers will be put up in 3 star hotels or in trailer mounted bunkhouses when out in the boonies.

        • Phoenixdoglover

          Lotta nice places. Just a little problem of no power! hahahaha!

        • Suttree

          And there are a bunch around $160 a night. Every time that I have gone on the road for work, we got an average place.

      • Anna Rompage

        I don;t think so, but doesn’t Trump have a “resort” on that island?

        • Daniel

          Did, yes. I understand now his last resort for a decent getaway is in Sanity.

        • TJ Barke

          He did, and it failed, because he sucks.

      • Pilotshark

        well you know the first project will be getting it fixed and ready for the crew.

      • Covfefe

        Yes, there are Ocean-front hotels in Puerto Rico where you can spend $330 a day. The place is surrounded with beaches.

        • Suttree

          I’m aware that it is an island in the middle of the ocean. It’s the idea of fuck it, the gov is paying, when repugs are always so concerned about taxpayer money being wasted.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            That is the dirty little secret of Republican politicians. They outsource work to private companies with the bullshit line that they can do it more efficiently, then the company kicks back part of that money in the form of campaign contributions, and it doesn’t matter whether or not they do the work or do it correctly, because the only money Republicans care about is the money in their own pockets.

          • Suttree

            Indeed good person. It’s almost like they made up laws about these things at some point. the past.

  • Suttree

    Yet repugs are concerned about how much Mueller’s investigation is going to cost.

    • MynameisBlarney

      I hope it costs them all their fucking freedom and right to vote and own guns.

    • Anna Rompage

      As they open the eleventy millionth investigation into Killary!

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Another episode of “No Shit, Sherlock” with hard-hitting analysis from Chris Cilizza is up.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/27/politics/trump-fbi-russia-confusion/index.html

    • Bill D. Burger

      I’m certain Shitlizzard’ will clarify everything. ___ If you put uranium in his ass and handed him a Geiger counter, he couldn’t find it…..neither the uranium nor his ass.

      • SeeTrain65

        That last line just ruined everyone’s chance to ask “The uranium or his ass?”

        And for you to answer, “YES.” ; )

  • Bright Bart
    • Bill D. Burger

      TrumpCo.: Grifting Inc. is so brazen they hardly even make an effort to hide their fraud, graft and their depravity any longer. They know their base will cling to them, like abused children hanging on to the abuser and asking for love, no matter what they do…..because ‘sticking it to them libs.’

      • Bright Bart

        yeah, you know i remember when Betsy DeVo in an interview was like, yeah if i pay for a politician i expect payback and i thought “oh shit, here it comes.” I was not wrong.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Trailer to Haul Enormous Balls / Man/Day / $500.00

    • MynameisBlarney

      Storage units for spare/emergency cowboy hats/ $10,000.00 a week.

  • Perkniticky

    Trump’s swamp is like the sea – rising levels are inexorable.

    • TJ Barke

      Right now they’re pumping toxic waste into it.

  • Crystalclear12

    Well, that contract just shot plausible deniability in the foot.
    No one would sign that with outside influence.

  • ManchuCandidate

    The Swamp is now deeper than the Marianas Trench.

    • Daniel

      Trump was very disappointed when he was informed what that is. He put his tic tacs away and cancelled the furniture shopping trip he’d planned to take Mariana on before grabbing it.

  • Ron Spangler

    Why aren’t these guys running the F-35 program?

    Wait … ARE these guys running the F-35 program?

    • ManchuCandidate

      No because the defense guys are pros at scamming the taxpayer. They rarely get caught. Hint Black Programs.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        The defense guys have alot more deliverables, and people, for their $300M… Fucking amateurs compared to the Whitefish Pros…

        • ManchuCandidate

          No because they aren’t blatantly stupid like Whitefish guys. They are subtle to launder and layer overcharges into costs of a cost plus contract.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Exactly.. they give the impression of accountability…

    • SeeTrain65
      • Celtic_Gnome

        “We had a guaranteed contract with the military. Ten years of spare parts. Who cares if the fucking thing works?”

        Dick Jones

  • Anna Elizabeth’s Milkshakes

    Oh well. Ima go out and do something, after hiding with PTSD symptoms all day yesterday.

    Put on your War Paint!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a3dc52cba441393793b864c93e1cf896f3507d451ecb678be149d8edcdbfdba5.jpg

    • Christopher Story
    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      those are great asskicking boots!

      Enjoy your day.

      • Anna Elizabeth’s Milkshakes

        Thanx Hun. Size 10 Beige Wedge-heels, not entirely unlike what Black Widow wears in The Winter Soldier. OK, they are only marginally like her boots, but they were also too only $20 on Amazon.

    • Walter Wellstone

      Have fun.

    • Red Richmond

      You have the look of a woman who is going to do a righteous amount of asskicking, and is going to have a blast doing it. Go get ’em tiger!

      • Anna Elizabeth’s Milkshakes

        ~hugs~

    • SeeTrain65

      GO. GET. ‘EM. ANNA.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      If you don’t mind me saying, “Hubba! Hubba!”

      • Anna Elizabeth’s Milkshakes

        ~hugs~ Thank you

  • Ali | A Grumpy Cat

    Look, Puerto Rico shouldn’t have been wearing that slutty dress when the hurricane came by, or this never would have happened.

    • kaydenpat

      Hell, they shouldn’t have been an island in the Caribbean in the first dang place!! What the hell were they doing out there?

  • ariel_gee_398

    I noted this last night but the payment terms are also insane. Puerto Rico is required to approve invoices within 7 days of receipt and pay them out within 10. That means a) they don’t have much time to review invoices and make sure everything is okay, and b) if they don’t, they’ll be in breach and start owing interest.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      jeebus, it’s the contract from hell.

      How much more before it gets into unconscionable territory?

      • Beanz&Berryz

        It’s way beyond that border… And into against public policy… and as for the PR Exec who signed it….

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          but I mean, does it meet the legal definition of it?
          (just learning about this stuff this semester, never done research on the issues.)

          • Beanz&Berryz

            I don’t do actual contract law, so I don’t really know… The start is… what jurisdiction law governs the contract?

          • puredog

            It probably says, right before it purports to provide that only the contractor can bring legal action in court, while PR would have to submit to binding arbitration conducted by Whitefish Arbitrators LLC.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            The kickback to the PR exec who signed this will be impressive….

      • Walter Wellstone

        We’ve been there all along, I think.

      • ariel_gee_398

        Ten day payment/approval terms aren’t necessarily commercially unreasonable, but whoever approved this on the PR side really screwed up.

        Well, I should say that ten day approval terms aren’t necessarily unreasonable. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a contract with net ten day payment terms, especially for this kind of scale. Especially for a time and materials contract, what you typically see is at least a 30 day payment window.

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          big time…gotta wonder if they even read teh damn thing.

        • That would be fema no?

          • ariel_gee_398

            No, I think the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is the party that signed the contract.

    • Ali | A Grumpy Cat

      I work at a small business and we would never agree to anything like that. I can’t imagine handling disaster relief of this magnitude and approving payments within a week.

    • Walter Wellstone

      Well, you know those brown people always “forget” to pay their bills. You can’t trust them with money.

      • LucindathePook

        I don’t know about brown people, but I’ve seen it with orange people. Person.

    • Phoenixdoglover

      Anybody who has worked in PR knows it takes months to get paid. The contract stipulates late payment interest charges of 1% per month. This will provide the contractor with an extra 5% or more in fees.

      • puredog

        Interest compounded monthly? Yeah, that sounds legit.

    • jesterpunk

      They can’t review them though, they just have to pay and hope they did the work because Freedumb and why do you hate America?

      • ariel_gee_398

        And hope they didn’t accidentally overbill, etc.

  • canes_pugnaces

    I have spent my adult life dealing with per diems, travel rates, hotels, etc, for ‘workers’ (read: film crews) and ‘talent’ (read: movie stars). On a film I produced from a few years back where we shot in Florida (not PR which is much cheaper), we budgeted hotel for a major actor at the W ($325/day) and per diem ($250/day). 1st Class airfare NYC to Miami: $750 r/t.* Crew hotel and per diem was $150 & $75, respectively.

    SO here’s my theory: Whitefish is shooting a movie about the hurricane. So stop complaining.

    * Jet fuel was included.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      With all the best stars…

    • Phoenixdoglover

      Catered lunches for the linemen, with buttered scones for tea.

    • My theory is they got the workers on reimbursable reciepts and are pocketing the huge differences

      • Phoenixdoglover

        THIS^

      • canes_pugnaces

        That’s absolutely what they are doing. Crooks.

      • Seek

        And, they will be rejecting all expense reports without proper documentation. All ER’s will be submitted in 30 day increments and approved by a manager.

        In other words, they will be paying 70% of the expenses in 45+ days. This is a nice racket.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      we were served shark steaks for lunch on a shoot once. Bunch big touch chicago crew, served fancy shark steaks.

      Never figured that one out.

      • canes_pugnaces

        ON commercials we sometimes stiff a big client for fancy meals. But a feature? No way. And FYI: they are scamming.

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          and there was the craft services table. Being a poor college student (and wearing a huge coat), I stuffed my pockets. Fruit, granola bars, the works.

          • canes_pugnaces

            My first film in NYC I lived off of craft (but during those days, people didn’t eat as much because of… well…)

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            i guess we had a great union.

            The indy features I’ve done – TOTALLY different story, of course.

          • canes_pugnaces

            I’ve done low budget, but my years at Warner have made me lazy.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            lot life looked fucking sweet.

          • canes_pugnaces

            Lot life is sweet, but you spend a good deal of time taking daggers out of your back. I’m back as an independent now.

          • Arolpin

            My house was used in a commercial about 7 years ago. The craft services table in the back yard was insane. My kids were just gobsmacked that there could exist so many snacks. The location coordinator seemed a bit shocked that we didn’t just take everything when they were done.

            (When I worked on W 14th St in NYC they seemed to be filming between the subway and my office every couple of days. I can’t say that I never grabbed a bagel or a danish from the craft services table while walking past. I would pretend to feel bad about it, but I see them throw it away when they are done filming.)

          • canes_pugnaces

            Never feel badly about taking food from crafty!

      • MynameisBlarney

        I tried shark steaks once.
        Never again.

    • grindstone

      The rest is suspect, but for my industry, $70/day food and about $190/night accommodations is about standard….sometimes hotel is a lot higher, sometimes a little less, based on metro area. South Florida in season is $250/night for hotel.

    • kaydenpat

      Here’s the link to the per diem for Puerto Rico.
      Whitefish is grifting to the max off tax payers’ money. This is part of the taking away money from the working class to give it to Trump’s rich buddies/donors.

      https://www.perdiem101.com/oconus/2017/puerto-rico

  • Daniel

    This is just sad. And without seeing them, I’m going to guess the Trumpettes are white, comfortably off and have no idea why supporting neo-Nazis might scare away charities.

    • kaydenpat

      Let them waste their money. They sound like idiots. No wonder they love Trump.

    • HazooToo

      Why would people mix politics and charity? Simple. CHARITY IS ONLY NECESSARY BECAUSE OF POLITICS.

    • jesterpunk

      Wait didnt they vote for him because he is rich and doesnt need outside money?

  • Arolpin

    O/T: Australia has their own birther controversy that may bring down the government. It seems that Australian law prohibits people in government from having dual-citizenship, the Conservatives got all pissy about a Green Party member who had dual-citizenship and didn’t know it. He resigned, now it comes out that several Conservatives are in the same boat, but of course they didn’t resign. Their high court said, “Fuck you guys, maybe IOKIYAR works in the US, but we apply the law to all here in Oz!”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/10/27/australias-own-birther-controversy-may-bring-down-the-government/?utm_term=.38bde2c0c01e

    • Daniel

      I know IO
      KIYA
      Troublesome bloody Rs
      But that is why that shit won’t fly
      In the merry old land of Oz.

      • tomamitai

        What about monkeys and witches?

    • HazooToo

      Good for the high court. Hypocrites need to face some fucking consequences once in a while.

    • SDGeoff3

      See you in kangaroo court.

    • jaspersdad

      Apparently they’re only one MP away from losing their majority, with some important by elections coming up.

    • Ha ha ha. Their deputy Prime Minister lost his Parliament seat for being a sekrit New Zealander. :)

      It’s actually in the Constitution dating back to the days when everyone had British citizenship. And the Aussie constitution is VERY hard to amend. Only 2 successful amendments in 116 years.

    • HarpyLibtart

      The HIgh Court has been spanking our conservatives pretty regularly lately…what is really amusing is that most of the politicians in question got law degrees before they went into politics, so they should KNOW better.

  • kaydenpat

    What a scam!! Unreviewable and unchallengeable. Never heard of such a contract in all my life.

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      I’m not sure that it is enforceable if PR did not sign onto it.

      • kaydenpat

        If PR didn’t sign the contract, how would Whitefish be in Puerto Rico working now?

        • SDGeoff3

          Trump?

          • kaydenpat

            That pretty explains everything that is horrible right now.

  • ImGoingBacon

    Sounds like these guys went to a symposium on ‘How to Write A Contract’ lead by the legal eagles who developed the contract for the Russians to build the US embassy in Moscow (the previous one, not the new one).

    • Paul Dietzel

      OT, but one time a Tri-Axle coal truck smashed into my car and the truck owner decided that rather than turn it in to insurance he’d just pay me for my car out-of-pocket. He included a homemade “quit claim” or whatever ya call it. My attorney took one look at it and said “cash the check, throw that other thing away” Sort of like “Leave the gun, take the cannoli”

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    I was a lineman for the Zinke,
    And I fly in a bejeweled jet…

    • MynameisBlarney

      Doesn’t that screw with the aerodynamics?

      • SDGeoff3

        Is that a science thing? We don’t do any steenkeeng sciences!!

    • eggs ackly-wright

      Bedazzled!

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      Just because this is my fav and you can sing along with your lyrics.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QutLsCCY2yw

  • calliecallie

    I am pinning all my hopes on Mueller and/or 2018 to get these assholes gone.

    • tomamitai

      Yeah, I’m much too cynical for that, I’m hoping for an apocalyptic event, like a super volcano eruption or giant asteroid.

    • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

      If not – I got a pretty trusty pitchfork.

  • SeeTrain65

    Turning the Swamp into a Nationwide Quagmire!

    • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

      Giggity

  • DrBigHead

    Not sure if this has been mentioned or not, but the 2017 US government Per Diem rate (food and lodging) for Puerto Rico is $588.00. This is for Government employees and contractors working on a government contract. (DoD specifically). So based on the budget above, they are a bargain.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      link?

      A twitter user posted one, and the total for food and lodging never breaks $300.

      Its at the very beginning of this thread.

      • DrBigHead
        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          hmmm, the numbers at the bottom don’t match with the chart.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            highest total according to the bottom is $292, again meals AND lodging. They’re getting just lodging for $332, PLUS another $80 for meals, IIRC.

        • That chart is borked, unless it’s summing up all the meals and hotels or something.

      • DrBigHead

        OOPS. Before I get pilloried, I did not scroll down far enough. My apologies

          • DrBigHead

            A much better source. Thanks. I routinely need to look up rates for the continental US. Usually go through the GSA. Government contracting is a mess. That is why when I initially saw the DoD world-wide rate on the web site I consulted, I was not surprised.

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          sorry, just saw your comment.

          no pillorying from me.

          • SDGeoff3

            Well dammit. We haven’t had a good pillorying around here in ages.

          • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

            Does that mean we go straight to spankings and oral sex?

          • SDGeoff3

            We might as well.

        • MynameisBlarney

          Aw man…and I dug out my pillory and everything.

          • DrBigHead

            Well in that case…..

          • MynameisBlarney

            Thanks!
            You won’t regret this…
            Wait…

            No, you probably will regret this.

    • kaydenpat

      That’s not true.

      Here is the link to the per diem for Puerto Rico in 2017. https://www.perdiem101.com/oconus/2017/puerto-rico

      • DrBigHead

        Yes. I only read the header of the page. Sloppiness on my part. My apologies.

    • DrBigHead

      OK, I’m crawling under a rock now……

      • SeeTrain65

        WAIT! I didn’t get to express my consternation! ; )

        (S’all right. An honest mistake. I’ve done it too many times to count.)

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Proud Liberal

      Tea always nails it!

      • bbayliss

        I wrote this this morning,(JULY 27TH) had to add #17 tonight

        a short history of ONE small aspect of this mess, the June 9th meeting :
        1. It did NOT happen
        2. OK it happened but we talked about adoption
        3. OK it was about Clinton, as the email said, but there was NO collusion
        4. Ok there may have been collusion, but it’s NOT a crime
        5. I knew NOTHING about it until I read it in the papers
        6. Ok maybe someone mentioned it in passing a while back
        7. There were 4 people at the meeting (that we said didn’t happen)
        8. Ok there were 5 people at the meeting that we said didn’t happen
        9. Ok there were 8 people at the meeting that didn’t happen, but they were all private citizens.
        10.Ok one of the people at the meeting had been in contact with the Russian state prosecutor, by her own admission. all the rest, private citizens.
        11. Private citizens who had NOTHING to do with Hacking.
        12. OK The alleged former Soviet intelligence officer who attended the meeting with top campaign officials last June was previously accused in federal and state courts of orchestrating an international hacking conspiracy. Akhmetshin told the Associated Press on Friday he accompanied Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to the June 9, 2016, meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort.
        13. So what? “coulda been China” doing the hacking. It’s not like I had ANY connection to anyone at the meeting.
        14.Ok the eighth person at the meeting was Ike Kaveladze, is an executive at a Moscow-based property firm owned by Aras Agalarov, a business associate of mine accused of 1.4 billion in money laundering
        15. OK My business partner sent a representative from Russia, but it was just “politics as usual” except with a foreign government which ISN’T illegal.
        16..OK it’s illegal, but WHAT ABOUT HILLARY?
        17. How do pardons work?

    • Red Richmond

      It’s like the stages of grief, only with lies and bullshit.

    • Red Bird

      My turn.
      1. No fart
      2. Fart but not me.
      3. Me but it was silent.
      4. Hillary did it!

      Wow. Works for everything.

  • Creepoman

    You make is sound like disaster profiteering is a bad thing.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Turmp/roosha investigation pr0nz.

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029756622

    • bbayliss

      The point that Mueller hired prosecutors rather than investigators has been lost to many.

    • SeeTrain65

      I damn sure hope he’s right.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I am sad to say that I can’t be too critical of their pricing. This is pretty typical of what I saw in government contracting when I worked in the construction industry. A big part of the problem is the way the government administers contracts. They think they are doing taxpayers a favor by minimizing mark-up on labor and materials and limiting profit percentages, but what their rules do in practice is cause contractors to reduce their risk by getting creative with “Mobilization” costs.

    As an example, I managed a project at MCAS Kaneohe that was overseen by a petty tyrant Major from the Corps of Engineers. He rejected 8000 tension control bolts because he found 2 bolts that had “damaged threads.” He threatened to reject a shipment of 35 tons of structural steel because rust had formed during the trip from Seattle to Honolulu (and the subsequent 3 weeks sitting on the docks in Honolulu.) I ended up flying between Spokane and Honolulu so often I was practically a commuter, something we did not anticipate during the bid phase. While I was there for a meeting once, the concrete contractor lost his shit because the guy rejected a truckload of concrete because it lacked a “Made in the USA” statement on the batch certification. When you work under those circumstances, you have to find ways to attenuate risk. Stroking the Gov for money for mobilization is often the only way to do it.

    • Jeff Ackerman

      What I’ve seen that has been the most lucrative for contractors is mistakes in bid items by the State/Feds/etc. A very low estimate amount of rock to be moved by the State on one job resulted in a 15 million dollar job turn into a 25 million dollar job when it was all said and done.

  • ShriekinViolet

    I hate* to speculate irresponsibly but this is starting to look less like grifting and more like money laundering. With a contract like this, there’s a whole lot of money that’s not accounted for. These Whitefish guys sure seem more like a pass-through than a couple of gosh-darn-lucky-cowpokes-who-stumbled-onto-a-gold-mine.

    *totally like

    • jesterpunk

      Its also a 2 person company from the same town as Zinke who donate to Trump and support him. Nothing shady here.

      • SDGeoff3

        Probably a shell corporation.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      One person’s grifting is another person’s money laundering.

    • Strepsi

      tomato tomahto with this bunch of grifters.

      Question: is the U.S. now a Kleptocracy or a Kakitocracy?

      • Zyxomma

        Why not both?

  • Red Bird

    The PR government should charge them a $2000 per day per person access fee for them to do the electrical work.

  • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

    Somewhere, James Watt is grinning because he is no longer the worst Interior Secretary in history.

    • SeeTrain65

      I looked him up to see if he was still alive (he is), but I had to print my screen because something on this just doesn’t seem to fit.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ac61bfa095f26918054667a3f6836556be1b1c54f76ac38854b3d9c70b4ce0a.png

      • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

        It must be true cuz it’s on Wikipedia!

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Still my favorite SecInterior for his offensive yet hilariously on-target description of a government committee. Not going to repeat it here, because I will violate the Rules (in spirit). But if you don’t know it, seriously, look it up.

        • SeeTrain65

          The description of the Coal Leasing Panel in his speech at the US Chamber of Commerce?

          I loved that description, but only because his stupidity in saying it forced his resignation.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I would be interested to hear how the trumpanzees talked themselves into seeing nothing wrong here, if I still spoke to any trumpanzees. Which I don’t. Cutting people off who annoy you is, it turns out, much cheaper than therapy.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      because reasons, duh

      • Beanz&Berryz

        “Free market”… Well, except without a market, or all that free in the absence of an open market, but, it’s free market… even though it’s not… that’s the no bid part… MAGA

    • MOG253

      Because emergency, we’re just stoopid libtards who don’t appreciate their efforts.

    • TundraGrifter

      Because of Uranium Numb. And Hillary’s emails. Of course!

    • Strepsi

      Oh, stay cut off! Today it’s all about how the investigation has now proved that there was no collusion with the Trump Campaign and Russia, but it found there WAS Collusion with Russia and Hillary Clinton (the investigation is not over, it didn’t, and there wasn’t)…..

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Forget writing that contract. Who the fuck would sign such a “contract”?

    • Wookie Monster

      Trump. Because he makes the best deals.

      • RMKH

        It’s an “art”. Bigly

    • eggs ackly-wright

      Maybe someone who was paid a lot of money?

    • GHERKINS du RESISTANCE!

      Someone who believed “Psst, sign here, I’ll give you some”

  • azeyote

    so they really don’t have to do anything but cash the check –

  • Iam Reading

    I suspect this contract is illegal, therefore unenforceable.

  • georgiaburning

    Hey, editrix- you’ve got a Montana PO Box, looks like that is all the technical expertise you need. Toss in a bid. Harbor Freight sells cheap generators, voltmeters and extension cords.

    • tomamitai

      Solar panels and associated doo-dads too, also.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      What would she need those for?

  • SDGeoff3

    Will the rwnj faction be screaming for hearings? Hmmm…?

    • GHERKINS du RESISTANCE!

      Sure! On Uranium Benghazi 2 – NOT This Electric Boogaloo

      • SDGeoff3

        A hearty LOL!!

  • MOG253

    No audit, no completion – perfect.

    • phoenix00

      aka Free Market.

  • canes_pugnaces

    Just for comparison here’s what a spa holiday costs right now in PR:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d64cfc4688a0d189e6bacf0d5ff46a93077f434da87451963dec2ad526ff2fc.png

    • HogeyeGrex

      Uncertain how to feel about taking a holiday in PR right now. Is it callous as fuck, or a decent attempt to help get their economy going again?

    • Yellerduck

      Awesome sea view. Not even a tree to block it.

      • Rocket Pony Ron

        For that matter, you don’t even need to go to the beach, just walk down to the lobby.

  • TundraGrifter

    Y’all write “grafter” like it’s a bad thing.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      How else are you gonna get a good fruit tree?

  • Jeff Ackerman

    I’m beginning to think that the public is just a money tree to be shaken by any republican campaign contributor that comes along.

  • WhoCheckedRussia’sVoterID

    Really…this is what its come to? A big disaster hits the US and major gov’t officials don’t even attempt to hide the grifting? Its right out in the open. It the faces of the American people. I don’t understand anymore.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      They figured out that they will never, ever be called to account over it. Why bother?

  • CripesAmighty

    It’s as though a couple guys in the back room of Fat Tony’s Pool Hall read Naomi Klein and, “Hey, Stinky, I gotta idea…”
    Disaster Capitalism: it’s not just for multinationals anymore.

  • Rickyphoo

    This is corruption that would make the Mafia green with envy.

  • HogeyeGrex

    Not quite sure how they think a contract not signed by FEMA or the Comptroller General is supposed to limit their power of review. It’s sort of written like a five year old putting a “No Moms” sign on their bedroom door. And the “You can’t sue us when we take the money and run” clause is simply amazing. Who the fuck in PR signed this thing anyway? Did they even read it, or were they just paid enough to do it blindfolded?

  • JoeChristmas

    This contract is a “10”.

    • phoenix00

      Two-scoops approves!

  • Ergoetal

    The per diem’s not surprising when you realize they’ll be eating daily at the Four Seasons. I mean Whitefish’s owners.

  • whitroth

    And of course they wouldn’t hire Puerto Ricans, who are iggerant an’ don’ know nuttin’ ’bout e-lec-tricity….

    I’d be glad to give these guys, and Zinke, a contract. Say, for 5-10. years.

  • KimKong

    I don’t know exactly, but I heard it’s a hummer dinger of a hotel.

  • Thorn Spike

    This Whitefish stinks from the head down.

  • Viktor

    Puerto Rico gets the power grid rebuild done, by what is the equivalent scam in America of hiring a company to do your roof, and the company sub contracts the job to another company and they sub contract the job, to some shady sub contractors from out of state who look like they sleep in their trucks. Good job!

  • Zyxomma
    • Rocket Pony Ron

      ‘Hello, Whitefish Energy? We don’t need you any more. Oh, and good luck getting any money out of us.’

      • Zyxomma

        <3

    • phoenix00

      Elon Musk to the rescue!

  • Pat_Pending

    Are hookers included in the per diem? Of course they are.

    • John McManus

      Yes. They bring their own rubber sheets.

  • CATMAN

    That per diem would cover 5 star hotels and 3 star restaurants

  • I didn’t know Hinky Zinke was the Congressman from Santa Barbara.

  • ken_kukec

    And they say there used to be a swamp here before Sheriff Trump got to town. Amazing!

  • Rocket Pony Ron

    Is a contract like that even enforceable? I mean, PR had it kinda forced on them to begin with, right?

  • Incoming Ham

    GriftFish, Inc.

  • Bebecca

    Do we know who signed that contract on behalf of Puerto Rico?

    • phoenix00

      Probably the President of the Virgin Islands.

  • ez

    It isn’t common for an Interior secretary to be a household name and yet St Ronnie’s Interior secretary managed just that. James G Watt, the ‘anti-enviornmentalist’, racist, crooked a-hole who predates Zinke by several decades was so evil he wanted t ban he Beach Boys from the 4th of July concert on the Mall.

    Ronnie and his admin had held the record for most indictments/convictions but in a nod to tradition Mr Trump appears to be going for the Gold himmself.

  • arensb

    Once upon a time, I worked for one of the 800-lb gorillas of Beltway bandits. What had happened was, the DoD needed a massive project completed (something like: “give us software that’ll perform any simulation of any kind, be it ball bearing falling in a vacuum, or a 100-tank battle”). This contract was awarded to a 20-person company. On very good terms, I might add, because the government tries to encourage small businesses this way.
    But since there was no way this small company could deliver, so they subcontracted the job to my company, the 800-lb gorilla. And while that’s certainly counter to the spirit of encouraging small business, I don’t think any of it was illegal, or even unexpected.
    So I wonder if something like that might be going on with Whitefish. Except for the bit about not being able to sue if the job doesn’t get done. That seems Machiavellian Verizonian.

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