Tiny, Unqualified (But Politically Connected) Company Gets $300 Million No-Bid Contract For PR Rebuild

2 Person Operation, Whitefish Energy, Linked to Trump's Interior Secretary

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“The Trump administration denied Friday that political connections had anything to do with restoring electrical connections in Puerto Rico,” CBS News reports.

“A contract worth $300 million was awarded to a tiny company called Whitefish Energy in Whitefish, Montana, hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.”

“This tiny energy company has only two full-time employees, and surprised many when it received a $300 million no-bid contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid. Whitefish has never worked on a project of this size.”

“Lawmakers and federal officials are calling for investigations to determine how and why Puerto Rico’s bankrupt government utility awarded Whitefish the lucrative deal, CBS News’ Julianna Goldman reports from Washington.”

“The contract says federal and state officials ‘don’t have the right to review the cost and profit elements of the labor rates.'”

It also says “the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ‘reviewed and approved’ the agreement. On Friday, FEMA said it was ‘not involved’ and any language that says it was ‘is inaccurate.'”

“In addition to Whitefish’s connection to Zinke, one of the company’s top investors has given tens of thousands of dollars to Republicans, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz — and Mr. Trump.”

“Late Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on the contract to be ‘terminated immediately.'”

UPDATE: Puerto Rico’s Power Authority Cancels Controversial Whitefish Contract (Source: NPR)

MORE: FBI investigating Whitefish deal: report (Source: The Hill)

 

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