Trump border wall $400 million contract handed to company owned by Republican donor who promoted firm on Fox News

  
Via:  tessylo  •  one week ago  •  56 comments

By:   Conrad Duncan, The Independent

Trump border wall $400 million contract handed to company owned by Republican donor who promoted firm on Fox News

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102b4830-25c0-11e7-a66a-23957430fe89_lat   Conrad Duncan, The Independent   3 hours ago


Trump border wall $400 million contract handed to company owned by Republican donor who promoted firm on Fox News




 

$400M border wall contract given to firm owned by GOP donor










A construction company owned by a Republican  donor has been given a $400m (£308.5m) contract to build sections of  Donald Trump ’s border wall.






The   Department of Defence   has announced Fisher Sand and Gravel Co, from   North Dakota , will build new barriers in   Arizona   following reports that Mr Trump repeatedly pushed for the company to be given the contract, despite concerns from engineering officials.

Mr Trump had urged officials from the Army Corps of Engineers to pick the company, according to   Washington Post   reports, and is a fan of the company’s CEO, Tommy Fisher, who has appeared on   Fox News   to promote the firm.

However, he was apparently told that Fisher Sand and Gravel’s bid did not meet the standards required for the project.

The company has also been supported by senator Kevin Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, who was given $10,000 by the Fisher family for his Senate campaign in 2018.

Mr Cramer said he was “glad to see more progress being made” on the border wall and “grateful” that Fisher Sand and Gravel had been awarded the contract.

“I know they will do very well, performing high quality work at a good bargain, all for the security of the people of the United States,” he said in a statement.

The Republican senator took Mr Fisher as his guest to the 2018 State of the Union address but said he has not pushed Mr Trump to pick the firm, even though he welcomed the idea of a North Dakota company winning the contract.

Mr Cramer said in May that the president “always brings [the company] up” in conversations and Mr Trump likes Mr Fisher because he has seen him advocating for his firm’s plan on TV.

Fisher Sand and Gravel has claimed it can build the wall faster and cheaper than other companies.

It also has a record of more than $1m in fines for environmental and tax violations, according to CNN, and its former co-owner pleaded guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to 37 months in prison in 2009.

When asked by CNN about these violations and legal problems, the company said the issues were “resolved years ago” and had “nothing to do with the excellent product and work that Fisher is proposing with regard to protecting America’s southern border”.

In April, Mr Trump mentioned Mr Fisher on Fox News after the company offered to build 234 miles of the border wall for $1.4bn – a fraction of the $8bn cost projected for the project.

When Fox News host   Sean Hannity   asked about the bid, the president replied that his administration was “dealing with him [Mr Fisher]” and said the company was “recommended strongly by a great new senator, Kevin Cramer”.


Fisher Sand and Gravel has worked with a number of Trump allies, including former adviser   Steve Bannon , to build border fences on private land using donations.

Mr Trump has pledged to build 450 to 500 miles of new border barriers by the end of 2020 but so far his administration has only built about 85 miles of new fencing, which has mostly replaced smaller old structures that existed before he took office in 2017.



















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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    one week ago

Of course this company lined the 'president's' pockets for this deal.

 
 
 
Ronin2
1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Tessylo @1    one week ago

So they didn't have the lowest bid? Here I thought the goal was to get the lowest bid to do the work.

In April, Mr Trump mentioned Mr Fisher on Fox News after the company offered to build 234 miles of the border wall for $1.4bn – a fraction of the $8bn cost projected for the project.

Also, some glaring reporting mistakes in the article.

However, he was apparently told that Fisher Sand and Gravel’s bid did not meet the standards required for the project.

No source. No backup. Nothing. But at least they used the word apparently to try and cover it.

Fisher Sand and Gravel has worked with a number of Trump allies, including former adviser Steve Bannon , to build border fences on private land using donations.

So they have experience building border fences on private land already. Rather than trying to bait with Steve Bannon they might want get a few "unbiased" experts to inspect the barriers that were built to see how well they were constructed; and installed.

As for the mock outrage of campaign contributors getting possible preferential treatment; welcome to Washington DC. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/obama-administration-steers-lucrative-no-bid-contract-for-afghan-work-to-dem-donor

Despite President Obama's long history of criticizing the Bush administration for "sweetheart deals" with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.

The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington-based firm owned by economist and Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, will pay the firm $24,673,427 to provide "rule of law stabilization services" in war-torn Afghanistan.

A synopsis of the contract published on the USAID Web site says Checchi & Company will "train the next generation of legal professionals" throughout the Afghan provinces and thereby "develop the capacity of Afghanistan's justice system to be accessible, reliable, and fair."

The legality of the arrangement as a "sole source," or no-bid, contract was made possible by virtue of a waiver signed by the USAID administrator. "They cancelled the open bid on this when they came to power earlier this year," a source familiar with the federal contracting process told Fox News.

"That's kind of weird," said another source, who has worked on "rule of law" issues in both Afghanistan and Iraq , about the no-bid contract to Checchi & Company. "There's lots of companies and non-governmental organizations that do this sort of work."

"I think the administration should explain what the decision was based on, and why a no-bid contract was given in this case, particularly given that Mr. Obama came in on a pledge of 'no more no-bid contracts,'" said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

"There's really no explanation of why they had to make an exception in this case. And based on the facts before us, it doesn't appear that there was a need for an exception. It's not as if this was something urgently needed today; they couldn't have taken the time to get the bids, and make sure that American people were getting the best value," she added.

Contacted by Fox News, Checchi confirmed that his company had indeed received the nearly $25 million contract but declined to say why it had been awarded on a no-bid basis, referring a reporter to USAID.

Asked if he or his firm had been aware that the contract was awarded without competitive bids, Checchi replied: "After it was awarded to us, sure. Before, we had no idea."

Before you say anything. I can pull up articles siting Bush Jr and other presidents doing the exact same damn thing. It is called pay for play. Unfortunately, the article can only site a previous  campaign donation made to Trump- not even how much. The reporter does try to weakly hang his hat on a $10,000 campaign donation to Senator Kevin Cramer. He had better remind the company of his help come reelection, as $10,000 is damn cheap for a 400 million dollar contract. Cramer of course is simply practicing in the fine tradition of "bringing home the bacon" for his state.

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @1.1    one week ago

You're using Fox news as a source and you question the credibility of mine?

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GTFOOH!

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.1    one week ago

And you use the Independent via yahoo (LMAO) news (constantly)? GTFOOH

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Tessylo
1.1.3  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.2    one week ago

The Independent has never failed a fact check.

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katrix
1.1.4  katrix  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.2    one week ago

Well, Fox isn't likely to report on this, since it puts Trump in a very bad light - and puts Fox in a bad light.

But then, you aren't interested in actual facts if they make your orange idol look like the sleazebag he is.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1.5  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  katrix @1.1.4    one week ago

You want facts? Look no further than 1.1. But then, you aren't interested in actual facts that shoot down your angst..............and show that Mr. Trump is just another in a long string of quid pro quo (I don't believe it but) when it comes to "contracts". 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1.6  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.3    one week ago

That's nice but where is your citation for The Independent? All you did was provide that yahoo news parrots what others write.

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1.7  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.6    one week ago

I provided the source for the piece.

Don't know what you're babbling about now.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1.8  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.5    one week ago
'Look no further than 1.1.'

No facts to be found there.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1.9  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.6    one week ago

You can easily google the Independent.  Not going to do your research for you.  

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1.10  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.9    one week ago

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These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias.  They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes)   to favor liberal causes .  These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation.

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1.11  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.10    one week ago

I don't see the source for that or even anything to note that they're reporting on the Independent.  

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1.12  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.11    one week ago

You can easily google it. Not going to do your research for you.....................

 
 
 
Ronin2
1.1.13  Ronin2  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.1    one week ago

That is all you have?

Can't dispute the facts; just the source. Which is backed by several other sources.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/13/obamas-mounting-hypocrisy/

That was then; this is now. Last week, the Army revealed that KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, was awarded a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through next year. This deal was announced only hours after the Obama Justice Department informed the public that it was joining a suit filed by whistleblowers who allege KBR used kickbacks to get foreign contracts.

This isn’t the first time the O Force broke its pledge against no-bid contracts. On Jan. 4, Checchi & Company Consulting, a Washington-based firmed owned by Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, was awarded a no-bid contract of more than $24 million to train lawyers and judges in Afghanistan.

Some no-bid contracts may be necessary for efficiency’s sake, and frequently the best nominees are those whose government service is bolstered by previous related work in the private sector. It’s Mr. Obama’s hypocrisy that’s galling more than the practice.

https://www.judicialwatch.org/corruption-chronicles/dem-donor-gets-25-million-no-bid-govt-contract/

The $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan was awarded a few weeks ago to a Washington-based firm owned by economist and Democratic donor Vincent Checchi, according to a national news outlet that broke the story this week. Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc. will provide “rule of law stabilization services” in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. The firm will train the next generation of legal professionals throughout Afghan provinces, according to the U.S. government, and thereby “develop the capacity” of the country’s justice system to be “accessible, reliable and fair.” Many other reputable companies provide similar services, but none were even considered because the Obama Administration issued a special waiver that cancelled the open bid process. Checchi has donated thousands to Obama, the Democratic National Committee and other party leaders in the U.S. Senate.

When you can't argue facts, argue source.

 
 
 
WallyW
1.2  WallyW  replied to  Tessylo @1    one week ago

Just how does this financially benefit Trump?

Do you even  understand the bidding process?/

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  WallyW @1.2    one week ago

This 'president' doesn't do anything unless it benefits him financially.  

 
 
 
WallyW
1.2.2  WallyW  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.1    one week ago

So you can't answer the question....as usual

 
 
 
katrix
1.2.3  katrix  replied to  WallyW @1.2    one week ago
Do you even  understand the bidding process?/

I'm very familiar with it. And for a President to intervene to get someone a contract, because the CEO flatters him on Fox, is incredibly unethical. But of course his supporters will just make excuses for it, as always - there is no level to which they won't stoop to support their orange idol.

 
 
 
Ronin2
1.2.4  Ronin2  replied to  katrix @1.2.3    one week ago

So where you when Obama, and every other past President did it? 

I am realistic enough to know that this goes on all the time in Washington DC regardless of which Establishment party candidate is in office.

The right bitches about it when a Democrat is in the WH; the left bitches about it when a Republican is in the WH; but nobody will do a damn thing about it on either side.

I know, I know, but Trruuummmmppppp!!!!!!!

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    one week ago

'Mr Trump has pledged to build 450 to 500 miles of new border barriers by the end of 2020 but so far his administration has only built about 85 miles of new fencing, which has mostly replaced smaller old structures that existed before he took office in 2017.'

See NO NEW WALL, FENCING

 
 
 
Ronin2
2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Tessylo @2    one week ago

What? Expect miracles? How long did it take Congress to approve funding for the new barriers? 

The left is even more impatient than Trump is.

 
 
 
Gordy327
2.1.1  Gordy327  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1    one week ago

I thought Pres. Trump said he would get Mexico to pay for the wall? 

 
 
 
Ronin2
2.1.2  Ronin2  replied to  Gordy327 @2.1.1    one week ago

Yes, he is an idiot.

A lot of idiotic candidates make a lot of idiotic promises to get elected. Only to find out they have no way of making them come true, or maybe the desire, once they get into office.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/09/18/broken-foreign-policy-promises-bush-clinton-obama-iraq-syria/

 
 
 
Gordy327
2.1.3  Gordy327  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1.2    one week ago
A lot of idiotic candidates make a lot of idiotic promises to get elected.

What's sad are the voters who buy into such promises. It seems some people simply vote according to the lip service they're given, and not on any reasonable plan of action regarding actual issues.

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.2  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @2    one week ago

Absolutely hilarious. You managed to contradict yourself in one short post.

I'll point it out for you:

Mr Trump has pledged to build 450 to 500 miles of new border barriers by the end of 2020 but so far his administration has only built about 85 miles of new fencing,which has mostly replaced smaller old structures that existed before he took office in 2017.' See NO NEW WALL, FENCING

So is the 85 miles of new fencing you cite right, or is your "no new wall, fencing" right?

Can't be both.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.2.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2    one week ago

'You managed to contradict yourself in one short post.'

I must sound just like the 'president' then.

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.2.2  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @2.2.1    one week ago
I must sound just like the 'president' then.

I wish you could be as succinct.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.2.3  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2.2    one week ago

The 'president' succinct?

I guess that's what they're calling rambling and incoherent these days in tRump world. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.2.4  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @2.2.3    one week ago
The 'president' succinct?

Why do you respond to posts you claim to have never read?

 
 
 
MUVA
3  MUVA    one week ago

Very good build that wall.

 
 
 
katrix
3.1  katrix  replied to  MUVA @3    one week ago

Yeah and to hell with contracting regulations, pay to play, and all those legal and ethical things a true American should give a shit about.

Disgusting.

The swampiest President ever. And his supporters just do not care. Ethics and legalities and morality are now the enemy of our anti-Americans on the far right. They whined about pay to play, whined about the swamp, and it turns out as long as it's a Republican doing these things, they are all for them! Hypocrites.

But I'm sure his supporters haven't bothered researching this issue to see that the company was originally determined not to meet the requirements, and that Trump pushed for them because their CEO says nice things about him on Fox.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.1  MUVA  replied to  katrix @3.1    one week ago

Hey that is your opinion and that is all.

 
 
 
katrix
3.1.2  katrix  replied to  MUVA @3.1.1    one week ago

No, that's more than my opinion. I happen to understand more about contracting than you do.

Apparently I care a lot more about ethics and legality, too.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.3  MUVA  replied to  katrix @3.1.2    one week ago

No you don’t I’m a GSA contractor and sub contractor you haven’t a clue.We are one of the biggest outboard part seller to the government on the east coast and have been in business since 1932 dealing with government contracts since 1940’s went terms were net 365.

 
 
 
katrix
3.1.4  katrix  replied to  MUVA @3.1.3    one week ago

Wow, that's astonishing - and yet you support this type of unethical behavior.

Shameful..

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.5  MUVA  replied to  katrix @3.1.2    one week ago

Here a partial list of companies we sub for. BAE ,LB and B ,General dynamics IMS ,government contracts NAV FAC seal teams all special boat unit,ACU all units and so on.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.6  MUVA  replied to  katrix @3.1.4    one week ago

You do realize it was a open bid process right.

 
 
 
katrix
3.1.7  katrix  replied to  MUVA @3.1.5    one week ago

I'd be a little leery of posting that kind of information, considering you're clearly in favor of Trump's unethical behavior regarding contracts. It won't make your company look good.

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1.8  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  MUVA @3.1.3    one week ago

You obviously haven't been with this business since 1932, you inherited the business from your wife and her family.  It is/was your wife's family business which you inherited.  

Good work if you can get it.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1.9  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  MUVA @3.1.3    one week ago

So is the name of your company Net 365?  It's hard to tell from your grammatically free run on declarations.  Maybe the IRS would like to look at your books?

 
 
 
Texan1211
3.1.10  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.8    one week ago

Do you think businesses run themselves? 

Do you think that a business is making decisions, or people who run them make decisions?

Do you even know what net 365 is?

Did he say he was still net 365?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
3.1.11  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1.10    one week ago
Do you even know what net 365 is?

Isn't that obvious?

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MUVA
3.1.12  MUVA  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.1.11    one week ago

I would guess no I have been at the company since the terms were still net 365  I started when it was still SIMA for procurement.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.13  MUVA  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.9    one week ago

I welcome a audit we get audited every few years because the size of our inventory so bring it on.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.14  MUVA  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.8    one week ago

It isn’t just good it’s fantastic.

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.15  MUVA  replied to  katrix @3.1.7    one week ago

Really have you ever been in business you think the IRS is going to punish me Obama isn’t president anymore so I’m safe.

 
 
 
JBB
4  JBB    one week ago

Well, isn't that swampy. That was not a question...

 
 
 
MUVA
4.1  MUVA  replied to  JBB @4    one week ago

No not really.

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  MUVA @4.1    one week ago

Yes it really is.

 
 
 
katrix
4.1.2  katrix  replied to  MUVA @4.1    one week ago
No not really

What a wonderful thing for a government contractor to say.

Shameful.

 
 
 
freepress
5  freepress    one week ago

Most corrupt pay to play administration in history. That silly slogan of "draining the swamp" was just a code signaling donors that now Trump was in office that pay to play could begin. Duncan Hunter just admitted guilt in campaign finance fraud. If you look at all the Trump donors, supporters, appointees, and campaign associates who have been convicted or admitted guilt, it is painfully obvious how the Republican base was used.

 
 
 
katrix
5.1  katrix  replied to  freepress @5    one week ago
it is painfully obvious how the Republican base was used.

I don't view them as being used, not in the least. They are complicit and they are defending his unethical behavior and illegal behavior every chance they get. It appears there is nothing these people won't do to support Trump - they apparently just paid lip service to patriotism, and are actually more sympathetic to Russia and their orange god than to their country.

 
 
 
Tessylo
5.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  katrix @5.1    one week ago

I disagree with used also, they're all complicit.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
5.2  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  freepress @5    one week ago

'Duncan Hunter just admitted guilt in campaign finance fraud. If you look at all the Trump donors, supporters, appointees, and campaign associates who have been convicted or admitted guilt, it is painfully obvious how the Republican base was used.'

Yeah, one poster asked the relevance of that and I said here is your relevance:

https://news.yahoo.com/1st-2nd-members-congress-endorse-054447472.html

The 1st and 2nd members of Congress to endorse Trump will plead guilty to federal crimes, resign

06422c50-e164-11e9-bfbd-cdb74fdcbf3a   Peter Weber, The Week   9 hours ago  

Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. (R-Calif.) said Monday   he will plead guilty   to one count of campaign finance violations on Tuesday and hinted he will step down from Congress, typically a precondition for the type of plea deal Hunter is accepting. Hunter is the second Republican member of Congress to plead guilty to federal crimes this fall, following Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who   pleaded guilty to insider trading charges and resigned   in October. Coincidentally, Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump for president in 2016 and Hunter was   the second .

Hunter, 42, was first elected to his San Diego district in 2008, taking over from his father, Duncan Hunter Sr., who   held the seat since 1980 . The Hunter dynasty almost ended in 2016 when the younger Hunter, already under indictment, narrowly won his seat against a political unknown, Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar.

Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter,   initially pleaded not guilty   to about 60 counts of campaign finance violations tied to   flagrant misuse of campaign funds   on personal expenses. Margaret Hunter changed her plea in June and agreed to testify against her husband. Faced with Duncan Hunter's continued denial of guilt, prosecutors disclosed more details in court filings this year, including evidence that Hunter used campaign funds to conduct extramarital affairs with at least five women,   reportedly   including three lobbyists and two congressional staffers.

Trump had nothing to do with the crimes to which Hunter and Collins pleaded guilty — though he did  complain about their indictments . But including  last month's conviction  of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, at least  six Trump campaign associates  have pleaded guilty or been convicted of federal crimes — Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, and George Papadopoulos — and his current personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other associates are  in the federal barrel  now, too.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
5.2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @5.2    one week ago

Deflection from YOUR topic duly noted. But when one starts losing, I guess that's what one must do.

 
 
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