quote:Think the NYT dug this up, or someone is feeding it to 'em?
Two years ago, Dr. Melgen, despite an apparent lack of experience in border security issues, bought an ownership interest in a company that had a long-dormant contract with the Dominican Republic to provide port security. Mr. Menendez, who is chairman of the Senate subcommittee that holds sway over the Dominican Republic, subsequently urged officials in the State and Commerce Departments to intervene so the contract would be enforced, at an estimated value of $500 million.
It is a scandal.
But I don't think those are tax payer dollars, we aren't paying for Dominican Port security. We do have influence over the Dominicans being able to export to the US, and if they don't meet our security standards they don't. The way I read it he was getting his benefactor cleared and the contract so he could make lots of money off of the Dominicans. Menendez used his influence to get him a 500 million dollar contract in the DR.
Ever heard of that one?
BTW, the alleged diddler/shortchanger of underaged hookers/ thief of $500mil of tax $ was about to become Chair of Foreign Relations.
quote:What does this have to do with the OP? You are the one bringing partisanship here, not the OP.
Anyone ever ask Vitter about the sweetheart deal he set up for his best friend Claude Kelly to get a $100 million contract for him and his Kremlin buddies?
Not a fan of Vitter, but no idea what connection you are trying to make here?
Do we have a scandal yet?
???...not sure why that made me think of Vitter