Sunday, July 22, 2012

OBAMA DONOR, SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN: MEDICARE PROFITEER, WAR PROFITEER, TARP PROFITEER, AGENT FOR RED CHINA and ADVOCATE FOR OPEN BORDERS WITH MEXICO TO KEEP WAGES DEPRESSED


Husband's investments entangle Feinstein

LATEST FLAP OVER MEDICARE PAYMENT DENIALS

By David WhitneyMcClatchy NewspapersSan Jose Mercury News

Article Launched:05/19/2007 01:36:54 AM PDT



WASHINGTON - California lawmakers are questioning whether an auditing company in which San Francisco investor Richard Blum, the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has a major financial stake is rejecting Medicare claims at California rehabilitation hospitals in order to reap millions of dollars in profits at the expense of patient care.
The company, PRG-Schultz International, has a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the overseer of the Medicare program, to check payments in California for mistakes. Its only pay is a bounty of up to 30 percent on the "overcharges" it identifies.
The California Hospital Association first raised concerns in November that PRG-Schultz was targeting rehabilitation hospitals that cared for Medicare patients after knee or hip replacement surgery. The hospital association said PRG-Schultz has reviewed thousands of cases dating as far back as 2002 and has rejected nearly all as medically unnecessary. Melinda Staveley, president of the 38-bed Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara, said more than 100 such cases from her non-profit institution had been rejected. The facility could face having to repay more than $2 million.
Elderly patients
As difficult as that would be financially for a small hospital with a $12 million annual budget, she said the bigger concern is future patient care. The frail and elderly surgery patients with compound medical problems no longer will have access to rehabilitation hospitals and will have to rely on home or outpatient services.
"This is devastating," Staveley said of the audits.
Her husband's business interests in PRG-Schultz have proved awkward for Feinstein, the state's Democratic senior senator, as the hospital association turns to Congress for relief.
This is not the first time Blum's business interests have collided with his wife's job. Blum Capital Partners is a major investor in Northwest Airlines, which in 1995 won the first contract by an American air carrier to fly to Beijing. Feinstein had been friends with a former Chinese political leader since she was mayor of San Francisco.
More recently, concerns have been raised in Republican circles about some of Blum's investments benefiting from defense contracts at a time when the senator was serving on the Senate military construction appropriations committee.
Feinstein's press aide, Scott Gerber, said the senator played no role in the legislation creating the auditing program and did not intervene with program administrators to help PRG-Schultz get the three-year contract in 2005.
Serious concerns
“FEINSTEIN SENT A LETTER EXPRESSING HER CONCERNS....”

THIS IS TYPICAL WHORE FEINSTEIN. SHE LIES THROUGH BOTH SIDES OF HER MOUTH AND STILL COUNTS HER DIRTY MONEY.

THE OLD WHORE HAS BEEN SENDING OUT THE SAME OLD FORM LETTER FOR A DECADES EXPRESSING HER “CONCERN” OVER THE INVASION BY MEXICO. ALL THE WHILE SHE’S IN THE BACK ROOM WORKING OUT NEW BIT BY BIT AMNESTY WITH HER LA RAZA WHORES, PELOSI. BOXER, WAXMAN, ESHOO, LOFGREN, HARMAN, FARR, SANCHEZ, ET AL.

THE OLD WHORE HAS PUBLICALLY MADE COMMENTS ABOUT EVIL WAR PROFITEERS AND THEN WENT TO TOWN SERVICING BUSH WITH HER !NO! IMPEACHMENT, FOR WAR PROFITS. ENOUGH TO BUY HERSELF ANOTHER MANSION, THE 17 MILLION SAN FRANCISCO PLACE.IT’S TIME FEINSTEIN WENT TO PRISON!

On Thursday, after questions from McClatchy Newspapers, Feinstein sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that called the hospital association's concerns "potentially serious." She asked program administrators to investigate, saying the concerns are spreading beyond its determinations on rehabilitation hospitals to other aspects of Medicare-financed hospitalizations for the elderly, including short-stay hospital admissions.
Feinstein made no mention of her husband's interest in PRG-Schultz, which she lists in her annual financial disclosure reports. According to PRG-Schultz, Blum's investment companies own 10.5 percent of its outstanding common stock, 53 percent of its outstanding preferred stock and 28 percent of its notes and securities.
California House members soon will follow with a joint letter of their own asking for an investigation.
Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, is taking the lead among Democrats. Her press aide, Emily Kryder, said 15 members - more than a quarter of the state's congressional delegation - have agreed to sign the letter so far.
"The review and collection practices of PRG-Schultz threaten access to rehabilitation services in California," the letter said. "We urge you to examine the actions taken by PRG-Schultz International, Inc."
The auditing program was set up as a demonstration project initially focusing on the three highest-cost Medicare states - California, New York and Florida. Separate contractors are used for each state. PRG-Schultz is the only for-profit contractor among them, and Medicare administrators believe it has been the most controversial because it alone has been zeroing in on rehabilitation hospitals.
Highly lucrative
On the brink of financial collapse when it won the contract two years ago, PRG-Schultz has found the job to be enormously lucrative. Government figures indicate that it had rejected $105 million in California Medicare overcharges as of Sept. 30, the end of the 2006 fiscal year.
Medicare managers said they could not release figures for how much PRG-Schultz was claiming as commissions for finding the alleged overcharges, saying the information was proprietary. But based on bounties of 28 percent that were used in establishing the program, PRG-Schultz's entitlement could be as much as $29 million.
The California Hospital Association said in a letter to Medicare administrators in November that PRG-Schultz should be suspended for improperly applying Medicare rules and using unqualified personnel.
PRG-Schultz declined to comment. But officials of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services steadfastly defended PRG-Schultz, saying it's applying rules on medically necessary admissions that probably have been ignored in California for years.
PRG-Schultz "coming to town is probably the first real look at these hospitals in many, many years," said Melanie Combs, senior technical adviser for the federal program.
"These rules have been on the books since 1985," Combs said. "Maybe it's possible some have been overlooking them. Maybe there have been consultants out there helping hospitals to, quote, maximize reimbursements. And maybe perhaps some of that has entailed looking the other way."
A call to Blum Capital Partners - of which Blum is board chairman - asking for comment was not returned.
PRG-Schultz reported a first-quarter profit this year of $1.5 million, compared to a $10 million loss for the same period in 2006.



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red china, indian casinos, la raza open borders, there really isn’t anywhere she hasn’t sold us out for a buck!


FEINSTEIN PROTECTS HER PAYING JOHN FROM IMPEACHMENT:



Dear Sheep of America: Thank you for your letter concerning impeachment proceedings against President Bush. I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome the opportunity to respond. In our recent elections, the American people expressed clear disapproval with the path this country was on. They are tired of partisan politics and of an Administration that pays little heed to the wishes of the American people. They want-and deserve-a Congress that holds the Administration accountable and fulfills its Constitutional responsibility to check and balance the Executive. I share this sentiment and am determined to work hard and across party lines in the United States Senate to promote issues that are of real concern to most Americans, including the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, homeland security, global warming, and lobbying and election reform. At this time, however, I believe that impeachment proceedings against President Bush will only divide the country even further, frustrating our hopes for a meaningful change in direction, while having little chance of success. I have been deeply disappointed by many of this Administration's actions and have been outspoken in those instances. Nevertheless, given the challenges our country faces I believe that we need to focus on constructive and cooperative steps that would lead us in the right direction. Again, thank you for your continued correspondence. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact my office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 224-3841. Best regards. Sincerely yours, Dianne Feinstein THE WHITE HOUSE WHOREUnited States SenatorFurther information about my position on issues of concern to California and the Nation are available at my website http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/.



Illegal-immigration blues WASHINGTON TIMES EDITORIAL As neighboring states like Virginia make it increasingly difficult for illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses, Maryland is increasingly becoming an island — a state that stands alone as a weak point when it comes to maintaining the integrity of driver’s licenses. Maryland is one of just five states that do not require that driver’s license applicants be able to show they are in the United States legally, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Bills introduced by Sen. David Brinkley, Frederick Republican (S.B. 621) and Delegate Ron George, Anne Arundel Republican, requiring that applicants for driver’s licenses provide a birth certificate or other evidence showing that they are legally present in the United States, have stalled. With just 15 days left before the conclusion of the regular 2008 session of the General Assembly, chances for both bills are fading fast. In the 141-member House, Mr. George has 58 sponsors — all 37 Republicans plus 21 Democrats — for his bill (H.B. 288) to require that effective Oct. 1, license applicants must be able to demonstrate by that they are legally present in Maryland. The measure is being bottled up in the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Delegate Joseph Vallario, Prince George’s Democrat, who is strongly opposed. And Mr. Vallario would be unable to do this without the active support of his legislative boss: House Speaker Michael Busch, Anne Arundel Democrat. Mr. O’Malley is in a very difficult political position. In January, the governor and Transportation Secretary John Porcari had put forward a plan to replace the current license system with a two-tier plan similar to the ill-fated one proposed last year by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, in which persons legally in the United States could get a license they could use to board airplanes or enter federal buildings. But Mr. Spitzer’s plan had collapsed several months earlier, and Mr. O’Malley’s popularity ratings had plummeted to the point that his popularity rating was lower than that of President Bush. According to a Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll released in early January, Marylanders gave the governor a 33 percent job-approval rating, slightly below Mr. Bush’s rating. The poll also showed that 66 percent of respondents favored giving police the right to check the immigration status of drivers when they are pulled over for a traffic violation, while 76 percent said illegals should be barred from obtaining driver’s licenses. But at the same time, however, the governor was coming under pressure from CASA of Maryland — the state’s number one lobbying group for illegal aliens — not to yield at all. For now, the O’Malley administration’s legislative priority is killing off the Brinkley and George Bills. So, the MVA has quietly released position papers which take no official position on either bill, raising questions about the costs and "confusion" resulting from the new regulations (welcome to government 101). Bureaucratic niceties aside, the bottom line is this: if H.B. 288 and S.B. 621 die this year, the governor believes that in 2009, with a Democrat in the White House, tougher standards for obtaining driver’s licenses will whither on the vine.

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FEINSTEIN, A TRAITOR, WAR PROFITEER, AGENT FOR CHINA, OR ALL THE ABOVE?


Four reasons BUSH wanted FEINSTEIN as his insurance against IMPEACHMENT:

1. She will do anything to make a buck, sell-out her state or country. She’s done it from the very beginning of her squalid political life during which she’s accumulated 40 million in personal residences, the last being her WAR PROFITEERING 17 million mansion in San Francisco.

2. She already deserves to be impeached and imprisoned and goes to great length to avoid the words IMPEACH AND IMPRISON. She worked hard to keep GRAY DAVIS in office. Her husband had paid DAVIS a $75,000 bribe to get himself on the Board of Regents so he could cut himself and DI more dirty deals!

3. She’s as ethically squalid as BUSH-CHENEY-HALIBURTON put together.

4. She’s bought off with “campaign bribes” from her husband, RICHARD C BLUM, Boxer and Pelosi. as well as other Dems so they keep their big mouths SHUT about Feinstein’s crimes.


FEINSTEIN SERVES ONE PURPOSE... THE DECIDING VOTE TO PROTECT HER MAN, BUSH, FROM IMPEACHMENT. HENCE HER INVITATION TO FEED AT THE CARLYLE GROUP, GOOGLE RICHARD BLUM, URS, FEINSTEIN

Feinstein may never have done anything for CALIFORNIA in her long, squalid career of self-serving politics, and servicing big bankers, PGE, and illegals, but she sure has made a pile of dirty loot for herself.

CONFLICT of INTEREST is not something Feinstein seems to be worried about. Her colleague Congressman Randy Cunningham from San Diego went to prison for accepting bribes. FEINSTEIN channels all her ill got monies through her white collar criminal husband RICHARD C. BLUM.

THE CRIME DUAL HAVE THE DUBIOUS HONOR OF BEING THE BIGGEST WAR PROFITEER IN UNITED STATES HISTORY.

Then there’ s the piles Feinstein has made for being RED CHINA’S agent.

The phoney computer school that bilked tax payers out of millions... right into Feinstein’s pockets.

Then the place on the U.C. Board of Regents Blum bought for a $75 “contribution” to Gray Davis.

Now Feinstein is kicking old people in the heads to make a filthy dollar.
She’s accumulated more than 40 million in mansion while in office, but it’s never enough for her.

Feinstein has her corrupt low-life staffers working full time trying to convince people they’re stupid. That it isn’t Feinstein that opens the doors for wiesel to slip through the back door and cut some big money deals........

The brazenness of FEINSTEIN’S CORRUPTION, her preoccupation with money making deals, at the cost of serving her State, and the magnitude of her crimes is a document on how corrupt our government truly is.

Feinstein is so corrupt, Bush invited Blum into the Carlyle Group to feed there. Bush knew that Feinstein, a closet Republican would NEVER VOTE IMPEACHMENT. How could she and stay out of prison herself?

Husband's investments entangle Feinstein
LATEST FLAP OVER MEDICARE PAYMENT DENIALS
By David WhitneyMcClatchy NewspapersSan Jose Mercury News
Article Launched:05/19/2007 01:36:54 AM PDT
WASHINGTON - California lawmakers are questioning whether an auditing company in which San Francisco investor Richard Blum, the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has a major financial stake is rejecting Medicare claims at California rehabilitation hospitals in order to reap millions of dollars in profits at the expense of patient care.
The company, PRG-Schultz International, has a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the overseer of the Medicare program, to check payments in California for mistakes. Its only pay is a bounty of up to 30 percent on the "overcharges" it identifies.
The California Hospital Association first raised concerns in November that PRG-Schultz was targeting rehabilitation hospitals that cared for Medicare patients after knee or hip replacement surgery. The hospital association said PRG-Schultz has reviewed thousands of cases dating as far back as 2002 and has rejected nearly all as medically unnecessary.
Melinda Staveley, president of the 38-bed Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara, said more than 100 such cases from her non-profit institution had been rejected. The facility could face having to repay more than $2 million.
Elderly patients
As difficult as that would be financially for a small hospital with a $12 million annual budget, she said the bigger concern is future patient care. The frail and elderly surgery patients with compound medical problems no longer will have access to rehabilitation hospitals and will have to rely on home or outpatient services.
"This is devastating," Staveley said of the audits.
Her husband's business interests in PRG-Schultz have proved awkward for Feinstein, the state's Democratic senior senator, as the hospital association turns to Congress for relief.
This is not the first time Blum's business interests have collided with his wife's job. Blum Capital Partners is a major investor in Northwest Airlines, which in 1995 won the first contract by an American air carrier to fly to Beijing. Feinstein had been friends with a former Chinese political leader since she was mayor of San Francisco.
More recently, concerns have been raised in Republican circles about some of Blum's investments benefiting from defense contracts at a time when the senator was serving on the Senate military construction appropriations committee.
Feinstein's press aide, Scott Gerber, said the senator played no role in the legislation creating the auditing program and did not intervene with program administrators to help PRG-Schultz get the three-year contract in 2005.
Serious concerns
On Thursday, after questions from McClatchy Newspapers, Feinstein sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that called the hospital association's concerns "potentially serious." She asked program administrators to investigate, saying the concerns are spreading beyond its determinations on rehabilitation hospitals to other aspects of Medicare-financed hospitalizations for the elderly, including short-stay hospital admissions.
Feinstein made no mention of her husband's interest in PRG-Schultz, which she lists in her annual financial disclosure reports. According to PRG-Schultz, Blum's investment companies own 10.5 percent of its outstanding common stock, 53 percent of its outstanding preferred stock and 28 percent of its notes and securities.
California House members soon will follow with a joint letter of their own asking for an investigation.
Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, is taking the lead among Democrats. Her press aide, Emily Kryder, said 15 members - more than a quarter of the state's congressional delegation - have agreed to sign the letter so far.
"The review and collection practices of PRG-Schultz threaten access to rehabilitation services in California," the letter said. "We urge you to examine the actions taken by PRG-Schultz International, Inc."
The auditing program was set up as a demonstration project initially focusing on the three highest-cost Medicare states - California, New York and Florida. Separate contractors are used for each state. PRG-Schultz is the only for-profit contractor among them, and Medicare administrators believe it has been the most controversial because it alone has been zeroing in on rehabilitation hospitals. Highly lucrative
On the brink of financial collapse when it won the contract two years ago, PRG-Schultz has found the job to be enormously lucrative. Government figures indicate that it had rejected $105 million in California Medicare overcharges as of Sept. 30, the end of the 2006 fiscal year.
Medicare managers said they could not release figures for how much PRG-Schultz was claiming as commissions for finding the alleged overcharges, saying the information was proprietary. But based on bounties of 28 percent that were used in establishing the program, PRG-Schultz's entitlement could be as much as $29 million.
The California Hospital Association said in a letter to Medicare administrators in November that PRG-Schultz should be suspended for improperly applying Medicare rules and using unqualified personnel.
PRG-Schultz declined to comment. But officials of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services steadfastly defended PRG-Schultz, saying it's applying rules on medically necessary admissions that probably have been ignored in California for years.
PRG-Schultz "coming to town is probably the first real look at these hospitals in many, many years," said Melanie Combs, senior technical adviser for the federal program.
"These rules have been on the books since 1985," Combs said. "Maybe it's possible some have been overlooking them. Maybe there have been consultants out there helping hospitals to, quote, maximize reimbursements. And maybe perhaps some of that has entailed looking the other way."
A call to Blum Capital Partners - of which Blum is board chairman - asking for comment was not returned.
PRG-Schultz reported a first-quarter profit this year of $1.5 million, compared to a $10 million loss for the same period in 2006.


Feinstein under fire over defense ties

HUSBAND HAS PROFITED FROM PENTAGON CONTRACTS

By Michael DoyleMcClatchy Washington BureauSan Jose Mercury News

Article Launched:04/15/2007 01:31:07 AM PDT

WASHINGTON - Bloggers and activists are writing a new chapter in the marriage between Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and husband Richard Blum.
Feinstein has real power. Blum has serious money. For 27 married years, the politician and the investor have excelled professionally while facing periodic queries about Blum's far-flung investments.
The latest round now comes powered by the Internet, fanned by activists on both right and left. The partisans find common cause in questioning Feinstein's role in Pentagon spending while Blum was investing in defense firms.


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Critics have accused Feinstein of having a conflict of interest by serving through last year as chair and ranking member of the Senate's military construction appropriations subcommittee at the same time that her husband had financial interests in two firms that rely on defense contracts.
The Senate panel approves about $16 billion annually for military construction projects.
Until 2005, Blum had major holdings in two firms, URS Corp. and Perini Corp., that rely on defense contracts.
Perini received $200 million in federal contracts from 2000 to 2006, primarily with the Army, according to records compiled by the private watchdog group OMB Watch. URS received $1.8 billion worth of contracts - primarily Air Force, Army and Navy - during the same period
Feinstein's spokesman Scott Gerber declared that the senator has always "acted appropriately" and within the Senate's ethics guidelines. He sternly denounced suggestions of conflict, first raised in articles published in the Bay Area's free Metro weekly newspaper, and noted that the Pentagon, not Congress, decides who is awarded contracts.
"The story is filled with inaccuracies, errors and distortions," Gerber said, "and it has been pushed by the right-wing bloggers."
Actually, the story has migrated from left to right and back again.
Last Sunday, it was the left's turn, as female anti-war protesters gathered outside Feinstein's San Francisco home. Code Pink leader Medea Benjamin declared that Feinstein and Blum "have profited from this war" in Iraq.
On the right, the conservative group Judicial Watch announced its own probe. The Washington-based group, which filed myriad lawsuits against the Clinton administration, is now preparing Freedom of Information Act requests into the URS and Perini contracts.
"We've commenced an investigation," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
The Metro story, cited in hundreds of blogs since, was reported by a freelance writer who received a grant from the liberal Nation magazine's investigative fund. The author, Peter Byrne, said he stands by everything he wrote.
"They haven't come up with a single fact that is in error," Byrne said of Feinstein's office. After the Nation rejected his story last fall, Byrne said he "flogged it around to a lot of liberal publications" before getting it published in Metro. The original story goes into considerable detail; Feinstein's office has in turn prepared a detailed rebuttal.
"I find it hard to believe that the allegations are completely true since this is too obvious a conflict for a senior senator to make," University of California-Berkeley political scientist Bruce Cain said.
Blum and Feinstein have weathered past episodes that included questions about Blum's investments in China. Blum has always maintained that he has conducted his businesses properly.
Last year, in meeting the Senate's financial disclosure requirements, Feinstein needed 148 pages to detail the family's assets. Feinstein is one of the Senate's wealthiest members, with assets in 2005 valued from $45 million to $105 million.
She sought "the advice of the Senate Ethics Committee on her own initiative about whether conflicts existed - and (is) following that guidance," Gerber said. "That guidance indicated that, given the facts, Senator Feinstein could fully consider, debate, and vote on appropriations bills, whether in the subcommittee, committee or full Senate."
The Metro stories also contended that Feinstein had "resigned" from the military construction subcommittee, suggesting she departed under pressure.
Senate Appropriations Committee spokesman Tom Gavin replied Thursday that seven other lawmakers had also flipped appropriations subcommittees this year.
"This is a process that happens at the start of every Congress," Gavin said.
Feinstein left the military panel to chair the subcommittee that handles the Forest Service, the National Park Service and other agencies crucial to California.
"Frankly, for California, it's a better opportunity for the senator, and she took it," Gerber said, adding that the claim that Feinstein had resigned from the military subcommittee was "just not true."


Husband's investments entangle Feinstein

LATEST FLAP OVER MEDICARE PAYMENT DENIALS

By David WhitneyMcClatchy NewspapersSan Jose Mercury News

Article Launched:05/19/2007 01:36:54 AM PDT



WASHINGTON - California lawmakers are questioning whether an auditing company in which San Francisco investor Richard Blum, the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has a major financial stake is rejecting Medicare claims at California rehabilitation hospitals in order to reap millions of dollars in profits at the expense of patient care.
The company, PRG-Schultz International, has a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the overseer of the Medicare program, to check payments in California for mistakes. Its only pay is a bounty of up to 30 percent on the "overcharges" it identifies.
The California Hospital Association first raised concerns in November that PRG-Schultz was targeting rehabilitation hospitals that cared for Medicare patients after knee or hip replacement surgery. The hospital association said PRG-Schultz has reviewed thousands of cases dating as far back as 2002 and has rejected nearly all as medically unnecessary. Melinda Staveley, president of the 38-bed Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara, said more than 100 such cases from her non-profit institution had been rejected. The facility could face having to repay more than $2 million.
Elderly patients
As difficult as that would be financially for a small hospital with a $12 million annual budget, she said the bigger concern is future patient care. The frail and elderly surgery patients with compound medical problems no longer will have access to rehabilitation hospitals and will have to rely on home or outpatient services.
"This is devastating," Staveley said of the audits.
Her husband's business interests in PRG-Schultz have proved awkward for Feinstein, the state's Democratic senior senator, as the hospital association turns to Congress for relief.
This is not the first time Blum's business interests have collided with his wife's job. Blum Capital Partners is a major investor in Northwest Airlines, which in 1995 won the first contract by an American air carrier to fly to Beijing. Feinstein had been friends with a former Chinese political leader since she was mayor of San Francisco.
More recently, concerns have been raised in Republican circles about some of Blum's investments benefiting from defense contracts at a time when the senator was serving on the Senate military construction appropriations committee.
Feinstein's press aide, Scott Gerber, said the senator played no role in the legislation creating the auditing program and did not intervene with program administrators to help PRG-Schultz get the three-year contract in 2005.
Serious concerns
“FEINSTEIN SENT A LETTER EXPRESSING HER CONCERNS....”

THIS IS TYPICAL WHORE FEINSTEIN. SHE LIES THROUGH BOTH SIDES OF HER MOUTH AND STILL COUNTS HER DIRTY MONEY.

THE OLD WHORE HAS BEEN SENDING OUT THE SAME OLD FORM LETTER FOR A DECADES EXPRESSING HER “CONCERN” OVER THE INVASION BY MEXICO. ALL THE WHILE SHE’S IN THE BACK ROOM WORKING OUT NEW BIT BY BIT AMNESTY WITH HER LA RAZA WHORES, PELOSI. BOXER, WAXMAN, ESHOO, LOFGREN, HARMAN, FARR, SANCHEZ, ET AL.

THE OLD WHORE HAS PUBLICALLY MADE COMMENTS ABOUT EVIL WAR PROFITEERS AND THEN WENT TO TOWN SERVICING BUSH WITH HER !NO! IMPEACHMENT, FOR WAR PROFITS. ENOUGH TO BUY HERSELF ANOTHER MANSION, THE 17 MILLION SAN FRANCISCO PLACE.IT’S TIME FEINSTEIN WENT TO PRISON!

On Thursday, after questions from McClatchy Newspapers, Feinstein sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that called the hospital association's concerns "potentially serious." She asked program administrators to investigate, saying the concerns are spreading beyond its determinations on rehabilitation hospitals to other aspects of Medicare-financed hospitalizations for the elderly, including short-stay hospital admissions.
Feinstein made no mention of her husband's interest in PRG-Schultz, which she lists in her annual financial disclosure reports. According to PRG-Schultz, Blum's investment companies own 10.5 percent of its outstanding common stock, 53 percent of its outstanding preferred stock and 28 percent of its notes and securities.
California House members soon will follow with a joint letter of their own asking for an investigation.
Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, is taking the lead among Democrats. Her press aide, Emily Kryder, said 15 members - more than a quarter of the state's congressional delegation - have agreed to sign the letter so far.
"The review and collection practices of PRG-Schultz threaten access to rehabilitation services in California," the letter said. "We urge you to examine the actions taken by PRG-Schultz International, Inc."
The auditing program was set up as a demonstration project initially focusing on the three highest-cost Medicare states - California, New York and Florida. Separate contractors are used for each state. PRG-Schultz is the only for-profit contractor among them, and Medicare administrators believe it has been the most controversial because it alone has been zeroing in on rehabilitation hospitals.
Highly lucrative
On the brink of financial collapse when it won the contract two years ago, PRG-Schultz has found the job to be enormously lucrative. Government figures indicate that it had rejected $105 million in California Medicare overcharges as of Sept. 30, the end of the 2006 fiscal year.
Medicare managers said they could not release figures for how much PRG-Schultz was claiming as commissions for finding the alleged overcharges, saying the information was proprietary. But based on bounties of 28 percent that were used in establishing the program, PRG-Schultz's entitlement could be as much as $29 million.
The California Hospital Association said in a letter to Medicare administrators in November that PRG-Schultz should be suspended for improperly applying Medicare rules and using unqualified personnel.
PRG-Schultz declined to comment. But officials of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services steadfastly defended PRG-Schultz, saying it's applying rules on medically necessary admissions that probably have been ignored in California for years.
PRG-Schultz "coming to town is probably the first real look at these hospitals in many, many years," said Melanie Combs, senior technical adviser for the federal program.
"These rules have been on the books since 1985," Combs said. "Maybe it's possible some have been overlooking them. Maybe there have been consultants out there helping hospitals to, quote, maximize reimbursements. And maybe perhaps some of that has entailed looking the other way."
A call to Blum Capital Partners - of which Blum is board chairman - asking for comment was not returned.
PRG-Schultz reported a first-quarter profit this year of $1.5 million, compared to a $10 million loss for the same period in 2006.



google feinstein and war profiteering

red china, indian casinos, la raza open borders, there really isn’t anywhere she hasn’t sold us out for a buck!


FEINSTEIN PROTECTS HER PAYING JOHN FROM IMPEACHMENT:



Dear Sheep of America: Thank you for your letter concerning impeachment proceedings against President Bush. I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome the opportunity to respond. In our recent elections, the American people expressed clear disapproval with the path this country was on. They are tired of partisan politics and of an Administration that pays little heed to the wishes of the American people. They want-and deserve-a Congress that holds the Administration accountable and fulfills its Constitutional responsibility to check and balance the Executive. I share this sentiment and am determined to work hard and across party lines in the United States Senate to promote issues that are of real concern to most Americans, including the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, homeland security, global warming, and lobbying and election reform. At this time, however, I believe that impeachment proceedings against President Bush will only divide the country even further, frustrating our hopes for a meaningful change in direction, while having little chance of success. I have been deeply disappointed by many of this Administration's actions and have been outspoken in those instances. Nevertheless, given the challenges our country faces I believe that we need to focus on constructive and cooperative steps that would lead us in the right direction. Again, thank you for your continued correspondence. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact my office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 224-3841. Best regards. Sincerely yours, Dianne Feinstein THE WHITE HOUSE WHOREUnited States SenatorFurther information about my position on issues of concern to California and the Nation are available at my website http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/.



Illegal-immigration blues WASHINGTON TIMES EDITORIAL As neighboring states like Virginia make it increasingly difficult for illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses, Maryland is increasingly becoming an island — a state that stands alone as a weak point when it comes to maintaining the integrity of driver’s licenses. Maryland is one of just five states that do not require that driver’s license applicants be able to show they are in the United States legally, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Bills introduced by Sen. David Brinkley, Frederick Republican (S.B. 621) and Delegate Ron George, Anne Arundel Republican, requiring that applicants for driver’s licenses provide a birth certificate or other evidence showing that they are legally present in the United States, have stalled. With just 15 days left before the conclusion of the regular 2008 session of the General Assembly, chances for both bills are fading fast. In the 141-member House, Mr. George has 58 sponsors — all 37 Republicans plus 21 Democrats — for his bill (H.B. 288) to require that effective Oct. 1, license applicants must be able to demonstrate by that they are legally present in Maryland. The measure is being bottled up in the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Delegate Joseph Vallario, Prince George’s Democrat, who is strongly opposed. And Mr. Vallario would be unable to do this without the active support of his legislative boss: House Speaker Michael Busch, Anne Arundel Democrat. Mr. O’Malley is in a very difficult political position. In January, the governor and Transportation Secretary John Porcari had put forward a plan to replace the current license system with a two-tier plan similar to the ill-fated one proposed last year by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, in which persons legally in the United States could get a license they could use to board airplanes or enter federal buildings. But Mr. Spitzer’s plan had collapsed several months earlier, and Mr. O’Malley’s popularity ratings had plummeted to the point that his popularity rating was lower than that of President Bush. According to a Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll released in early January, Marylanders gave the governor a 33 percent job-approval rating, slightly below Mr. Bush’s rating. The poll also showed that 66 percent of respondents favored giving police the right to check the immigration status of drivers when they are pulled over for a traffic violation, while 76 percent said illegals should be barred from obtaining driver’s licenses. But at the same time, however, the governor was coming under pressure from CASA of Maryland — the state’s number one lobbying group for illegal aliens — not to yield at all. For now, the O’Malley administration’s legislative priority is killing off the Brinkley and George Bills. So, the MVA has quietly released position papers which take no official position on either bill, raising questions about the costs and "confusion" resulting from the new regulations (welcome to government 101). Bureaucratic niceties aside, the bottom line is this: if H.B. 288 and S.B. 621 die this year, the governor believes that in 2009, with a Democrat in the White House, tougher standards for obtaining driver’s licenses will whither on the vine.

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The Nations' Great Whore, Sen. Dianne Feinstein Buys $16 Million Dollar Mansion Only Miles From Her S.F. Hotel Where She Hires Illegals!


I love the way FEINSTEIN’S office, mostly a group of politician white collar criminals servicing BLUM-FEINSTEIN’S interest above our own state’s...... keep denying that FEINSTEIN is the biggest war profiteer in history....

SO HOW THE HELL DID SHE ACQUIRE 40 MILLION IN MANSIONS? Even that phony tax supported used computer school scam she and Blum worked up only made them about 10 million in ill gotten profits extracted from the tax payer’s pockets.

Now FEINSTEIN-BLUM are the biggest profiteers in AMERICAN HISTORY off BUSH’S WAR. Unfortunately that’s only a drop in the bucket of money she’s made off her husband’s pimp of her.

Ever hear of FEINSTEIN speaking out on the WAR? But if you want a laugh, google Feinstein’s comment on awful WAR PROFITEERS! Reminds me of her comment “Illegals are good citizens!”

The only thing you will ever hear FEINSTEIN speaking out on is something that will put money in her filthy pockets.

DIANNE FEINSTEIN IS THE MOST CORRUPT SELF-SERVING POLITICIAN IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

SHE SHOULD SPEND THE REST OF HER LIFE IN PRISON.................................


Google:

FEINSTEIN, BLUM AND CHINA

FEINSTEIN, BLUM WAR PROFITEER

FEINSTEIN, BLUM  AND 17 MILLION DOLLAR MANSION, only one of a dozen.

FEINSTEIN AND WELLS FARGO and the BANKRUPTCY BILL

FEINSTEIN, BLUM  AND MEDICARE billing profits

FEINSTEIN – BLUM AND TARP CORRUPTION

FEINSTEIN – BLUM AND BOARD OF REGENTS
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WITH VIEWS TO DIE FOR.... Feinstein’s war profits mansion

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her mega-millionaire husband, Richard Blum, are pulling up stakes on their quiet Presidio Terrace home and moving uptown to a Pacific Heights mansion -- with views to die for.


The $16.5 million mansion -- which sits at the foot of Vallejo Street, between the Presidio and some of the city's most hoity-toity addresses -- offers a sweeping view of the bay.
It's right off what Herb Caen christened the "Gold Rush" -- the final two blocks of upper, upper Broadway, where the residents include Ann and Gordon Getty, Oracle founder Larry Ellison, and Mimi Haas -- as in the Levi Strauss Haases.
"And everyone is extending a warm welcome,'' said former Mayor Willie Brown, who hangs with the hill crowd. "They figure it will mean better homeland security."
The very hush-hush house sale, we're told, was finalized within the past three weeks. Workers are busy fixing up the place and installing new recessed lighting before Feinstein and Blum move in.
For the past two decades, San Francisco's top power couple has lived in the shadow of Temple Emanu-El -- on the very private and swank Presidio Terrace, just off Arguello Boulevard -- where they've hosted everyone from reporters to presidents.
The house, which has yet to go on the market, comes complete with a flagpole.
So why the big move?
"We've never had a view, and this was an opportunity to get one,'' Feinstein said Friday. "We also have an expanding family -- five grandchildren and soon to be a sixth -- and we needed some more space.''
Their new, 9,500-square-foot mansion -- once owned by the former wife of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and featured as the 1995 San Francisco Decorator's Showcase -- offers much more than just picture-postcard vistas.
The four-story abode, which has sat empty for the past couple of years, has five bedrooms (including two master suites), three fireplaces, an elevator, a wine cellar and an in-law apartment.
"It's a very gorgeous, gorgeous property -- a very special home,'' says Sotheby's agent Pattie Lawton, who represented the sellers, a couple she declined to name.
The sellers never actually lived in the house, which they bought in 2004. The price then wasn't disclosed, but real estate industry sources said they believe it was close to its appraised value of $12 million.
One big curiosity is the garden just off the front entrance that is actually part of the Lyon Street steps, a favorite of joggers, walkers and camera clickers.
At night, the 332 steps are also a popular hangout for teenagers to sneak a drink or two.
This is hardly Blum and Feinstein's only real estate undertaking in recent years. Five years ago, they traded in their five-story townhouse in Washington, D.C., for a nearly $6 million, French Renaissance-style estate in the Spring Valley neighborhood, just down the street from American University.


A couple of years earlier, they built themselves a $7.4 million ski retreat on 30 acres in Aspen, Colo., just down the road from the 15-bedroom pleasure palace of a Saudi prince.
No word yet on if -- or where -- the flagpole will go up on the new digs.
More home views: Speaking of home, Sen. Feinstein was undoubtedly feeling heat from the West Coast before announcing Friday that she would support a floor filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito after all.
Just a couple of weeks back, Feinstein said she probably wouldn't support a move to block the nomination, unless Alito turned out to be guilty of some "moral turpitude” LIKE BEING A BUSH WAR WHORE OR SELLING OUT HIS COUNTRY TO RED CHINA, OR DENYING MEDICARE BENEFITS TO SICK AND DISABLED FOR PROFITS a la BLUM. That kind of crap that has made Feinstein filthy rich!
But by Friday, Feinstein apparently had heard the message loud and clear from constituents urging her to support the filibuster.
"It was very strong in terms of Californians contacting us in support of the filibuster,'' Feinstein spokesman Howard Gantman told us.

ON A WAR CRIMINAL’S REMOVAL FROM OFFICE......
THE SENATE
Dear Stupid Idiot that voted for me:
It’s not hard. Bush lets my husband (but I’m innocent!) feed off his war profits alongside Halliburton. I pay Bush back by voting NO on impeachment. My pimp, er, husband, Richard C Blum, pays out bribes to Congress, like Clinton, Kerry, Kennedy, Boxer and of course the other Bush war hawk, Joe Lieberman. The only stipulation for receiving bribes from my husband is that the recipient keep their mouth shut about my many, many self-serving and highly profitable gigs off elected office. That plan enough for you?



Now, back to being a cheap actress. Here’s today’s dialogue from my prepared crap!Thank you for your letter concerning impeachment proceedings against President Bush. I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome the opportunity to respond. In our recent elections, the American people expressed clear disapproval with the path this country was on( but I’m innocent and will never go to prison!). They are tired of partisan politics and of an Administration that pays little heed to the wishes of the American people. They want-and deserve-a Congress that holds the Administration accountable and fulfills its Constitutional responsibility to check and balance the Executive. I share this sentiment and am determined to work hard and across party lines in the United States Senate to promote issues that are of real concern to most Americans, including the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, homeland security, global warming, and lobbying and election reform. At this time, however, I believe that impeachment proceedings against President Bush will only divide the country even further, frustrating our hopes for a meaningful change in direction, while having little chance of success. I have been deeply disappointed by many of this Administration's actions and have been outspoken in those instances. Nevertheless, given the challenges our country faces I believe that we need to focus on constructive and cooperative steps that would lead us in the right direction. Again, thank you for your continued correspondence. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact my office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 224-3841. Best regards. Sincerely yours, Dianne Feinstein United States Senator and TYPICAL WAR WHOREFurther information about my position on issues of concern to California and the Nation are available at my website http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/.



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SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN and HUSBAND RICHARD BLUM - THE BONNY and CLYDE of CORRUPT CRONY CAPITALISM

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN AND HUSBAND RICHARD BLUM ARE THE MOST CORRUPT POLITICIANS IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

WHEN IT COMES TO CRONY CAPITALISM, THEY ARE THE BONNY AND CLYDE OF RIPPPING OFF THE TAX PAYERS FROM DEALS FEINSTEIN AND BOXER PUSH THROUGHT THE CORRUPT HOUSE OF WHORES, THE U.S. SENATE!

FEINSTEIN IS A MAJOR DONOR TO BARACK OBAMA!



Feinstein’s pimp, RICHARD C BLUM (google that criminal) pays out campaign bribes to CLINTON, KERRY, KENNEDY, BOXER and of course the other BUSH WAR HAWK, JOE LIEBERMAN!March 1, 2003 The Democrats' Daddy Warbucks Feinstein family war profits, part II Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum, could well be called the Democrats' Daddy Warbucks. He's scored bundles from war contracts. He has recently purchased a $16.5 million crib in San Francisco and along with his wife has handed hundreds of thousands of dollars over to fellow Democrats. Since the 2000 election cycle, Blum has contributed over $75,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Committee, and thousands more to individual Democrats, including John Kerry, Robert Byrd, Joe Lieberman, Ted Kennedy, and Barbara Boxer. Richard Blum's history as an entrepreneur began at the ripe age of 23 when he began to work for the San Francisco brokerage firm Sutro & Company. Blum quickly climbed the ranks and became a partner by the age of 30. According the San Francisco Chronicle, "Blum proved that he had an eye for fixer-upper properties when he led a partnership that acquired the struggling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for $8 million – then sold it to Mattel Inc. four years later for $40 million." In 1975, Blum went out on his own and formed a brokerage agency. Today, Blum's lofty firm, Blum Capital, holds positions in more than 20 companies, including real estate giants, credit bureaus, and yes, even military contractors. Blum sees himself as an altruistic capitalist, claims one of his ex-employees: "He likes to go after companies that are down and out, and bring their stock back to life. He thinks he's doing good." Blum shares a large stake in Perini, a civil construction company that is happily employed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But not all of Blum's war profits come from Perini. In 1975, his venture capital firm went after fledging construction and design company URS when the business was about to be bought out by another corporation. Since then, Blum has increased his stock in URS, capitalizing on its recent military contracts. Unlike Blum's dabbling with Barnum & Bailey, his current profits aren't so safe for child consumption. Here are the basics to date: Blum currently holds over 111,000 shares of stock in URS Corporation, which is now one of the top defense contractors in the United States. Blum is an acting director of URS, which bought EG&G, a leading provider of technical services and management to the U.S. military, from The Carlyle Group in 2002. Carlyle's trusty advisers, past and present, include former President George H.W. Bush, James Baker, and ex-SEC Commissioner Arthur Levitt, among other prominent neoconservatives and Washington power brokers. URS and Blum have since banked on the Iraq war, scoring a phat $600 million contract through EG&G. As a result, URS has seen its stock price more than triple since the war began in March 2003. Blum has cashed in over $2 million on this venture alone and another $100 million for his investment firm. "As part of EG&G's sale price," reports the San Francisco Chronicle, "Carlyle acquired a 21.74 percent stake in URS – second only to the 23.7 percent of shares controlled by Blum Capital." The Carlyle Group has long been accused of exploiting its political connections to turn a profit. And if Carlyle can come under the microscope for its government ties and war profiteering, as it did in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, than surely Blum's URS ought to be subject to the same scrutiny. Owen Blicksilver, Blum's spokesman, claims his boss and Sen. Feinstein have never talked shop at home in their gated mansion: "Mr. Blum and Sen. Feinstein have never had any discussions about outsourcing, government contracts, or URS." If this were a Republican senator's spouse scoring bundles off the spoils of war and passing it along to fellow Republicans, the liberals would be up in arms. But since Dianne Feinstein is a leading Democrat, mum's the word. Partisanship trumps ethics. The Byrne Report Hawk Tale By Peter Byrne ON JAN. 18, California senator Dianne Feinstein introduced Dr. Condoleezza Rice at a Senate nomination hearing for Secretary of State in terms so saccharine that molasses seemed to ooze out of her mouth. She was a precocious child, Feinstein purred. She has skill, judgment and poise. She loves football. Bush loves her. "The problems we face abroad are complex and sizable. If Dr. Rice's past performance is any indication, though, we can rest easy." That very same day, Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum, took advantage of a spike in the price of his URS Corporation stock. He sold a third of his holdings in the defense contractor for $57 million, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. With Rice confirmed, the business of death and occupation looks rosy as hell for Feinstein, who--let's get real--benefits tremendously from sharing community property with Blum. URS' largest customer is the U.S. Army, which accounted for 17 percent ($587 million) of its cash revenue in 2004. In 2001, URS enjoyed a mere $169 million in defense contracts. Now, its war contracts total more than $2 billion. According to its annual report, the San FranciscoƐbased URS anticipates that profits will rocket up in 2005, because "operations in the Middle East are expected to generate increased work related to the development of weapons systems, the training of military pilots and the maintenance, upgrade and repair of military vehicles." Provided, of course, that our hawkish leadership remains as poised and lovable as the new Secretary of State. Feinstein, who sits on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, is an advocate of first-strike warfare, even though it flouts international law and the standards of common decency. Interestingly, her Financial Disclosure Report for 2003 was more than three times the size of her 2002 disclosure (Feinstein's 2003 disclosure numbers 133 pages, compared to Sen. Barbara Boxer's six-page report). The Feinstein-Blum portfolio is crammed with multimillion dollar investments in the military-industrial-financial complex and corporations that heavily exploit Third World peoples. The senator has a lot to lose should the neoconservative war machine falter. Hubby holds a controlling interest in another engineering firm, Perini Corporation of Framingham, Mass. Perini ranks No. 6 by dollar amount in war-related government contracts in the Middle East. According to its annual report, "Perini proudly supports the U.S. government with global rapid response capabilities for defense, reconstruction and security." Perini builds military facilities and roads in Afghanistan, electrical infrastructure in Iraq and U.S. embassies around the world. After the Senate, Feinstein included, approved Bush's war plans in 2002, Perini's defense contract awards soared from negligible to $2.52 billion. But, as with many of the sole-source, open-ended contracts awarded to politically connected firms, there are problems with accountability. Last summer, Department of Defense auditors determined that Perini could not adequately justify its costs in Iraq as fair and reasonable. That's government-speak for: They're gouging the #!$% out of us. Perini is heavily engaged in military and municipal public works projects inside the United States; at least two are also under investigation for contract fraud. For example, the city of San Francisco has sued general contractor Perini--which was in a joint venture with the Tutor-Saliba construction firm--for $100 million in cost overruns at a San Francisco International Airport project. The lawsuit alleges that the joint venture engaged in "a sophisticated pattern of fraud," including inflating costs, fabricating delays and setting up minority front companies to exploit affirmative-action preferences. The attorney general of Massachusetts is looking into alleged false claims made by a Perini joint venture in the "Big Dig" urban highway construction boondoggle in Boston. Ron Tutor, owner of Tutor-Saliba and CEO of Perini, bought into the latter company, along with Blum, as it teetered on the edge of solvency in the mid- 1990s due to a bad real estate investment. It rebounded, thanks to the firm's sudden ability to obtain lucrative U.S. military and government contracts, which, of course, had nothing to do with the fact that Blum's powerful wife has her hands on the military's purse strings. Remarkably, Perini grossed $1.37 billion in 2003, up 27 percent from the previous year, before the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Perini attributes its rocketing profits to "increased volume of work in Iraq and Afghanistan." As a risk factor, the firm notes that continued demand for its military services depends upon "the political situation in Iraq," which, logically, means that it desires the bloody war and useless occupation to continue indefinitely--a wish that hawktails with the foreign policy positions of Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld and Feinstein. I almost forgot: Perini Corp. is the nation's most active builder of Indian-fronted casinos. That explains a few things about Sen. Feinstein and the politics of gambling, soon to be revealed in greater detail in this space.



(Note the financing of the war profits machine, in bed with the BUSH FAMILY WAR PROFITS MACHINE OF CARLYLE GROUP, is by Wells Fargo. Feinstein has long been in bed with big bankers. Wells has given her piles of campaign bribes over the years. She in turns pushes their OPEN BORDERS plan for millions of illegals. Wells and Bank of America are major La Raza donors. Feinstein was also the push behind the Banker’s Bankruptcy bill. What you will not find Feinstein ever doing is standing up to BANKING CRIMES, including illegally opening the bank accounts of illegals, or Mexican drug dealers. But then Feinstein never does anything that doesn’t put a dollar in her vast pocket.)
URS to acquire Washington Group for $2.6 billion
By MarketWatch
Last Update: 6:48 PM ET May 28, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- URS Corp., an engineering company, will acquire Washington Group International Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at about $2.6 billion, the companies said Monday.
common stock for each Washington Group share, the companies said. Based on the closing price of URS stock on Friday, the deal price is valued at $80 per Washington Group share, and represents a premium of about 14%. URS stockholders will retain their shares after the deal closes, and Washington Group stockholders will own approximately 31% of the combined construction and engineering company, to be called URS Corporation, the companies said. The companies' combined 2006 revenues would have been $7.6 billion, which would have made it the fourth-highest among publicly-traded U.S. engineering and construction companies, they said. Based on their previously issued forecasts, they project combined 2007 revenues of about $8.6 billion. ------------Wells Fargo -----------and Morgan Stanley are committed to providing debt financing to URS for the cash portion of the deal, which is not conditioned on financing and is expected to close in the second half of 2007. After the transaction, URS is expected to have about $1.5 billion in dent and a debt-to-capital ratio of about 37%. The deal is subject to approval of the merger agreement by Washington Group shareholders, the approval of URS shareholders' approval of issuance of shares for the transaction, as well as regulatory conditions. Martin M. Koffel will remain CEO of the combined company, the announcement said.


GOOGLE FEINSTEIN and HUSBAND WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL RICHARD BLUM WITH WAR PROFITEERS FENSTEIN’S MANY MANSIONS RED CHINA MEDICAID PILLAGE LA RAZA DONORS AND MAJOR DI DONORS WELLS FARGO, AND BANK OF AMERICA PHONEY TAX SUPPORTED COMPUTER SCHOOL..... RICHARD BLUM BUYS BOARD OF REGENTS FOR $75 TO GRAY DAVIS and gets his dirty hands on REGENTS contractsWHERE THERE’S A DEAL TO BE HAD IN THE BACK ROOM, THERE’S OUR OLD WHORE AND HER PIMP