IMS needs to take notes as Louisiana continues to teach Mississippi lessons in public corruption. Congress approved $1.6 billion in aid for victims of The Flood With No Name that took place last August. However, Louisiana being Louisiana, its politicians got the bright idea to award a "project manager contract" for....... drum roll..... Ed McMahon voice announcing the contract..... $350 million. You can't make this up. However, it gets even better and it will sound very familiar to Mississippians.
The two best bids got thrown out by the state contracting board after it's attorney told the board that the bidders did not have the necessary licenses when they submitted their proposals. They have since obtained the necessary licenses. However, his son just happened to work for the company that got the contract and just happened to have the right license. What's $350 million when it's all in the family? Did I mention that the board's attorney just happened to be convicted of racketeering and bribery as a public official back in 1997? You can't make this up. The Morning Advocate reported:
Former state Sen. Larry Bankston should have mentioned a possible conflict before he rendered a legal opinion that wound up disqualifying the two top bidders for a mammoth contract to manage Louisiana’s $1.6 billion flood-recovery program, according to one of the spurned bidders and an expert in legal ethics.
Bankston, the attorney for the State Licensing Board for Contractors, told the board that companies vying for the contract needed to have a residential contractor’s license — something that three of the five bidders did not have. The board agreed with him.
Bankston, who went to federal prison for racketeering in 1997, did not disclose to the board that his son, Ben, works for an affiliate of the bidder ranked No. 3. When the top two bidders were thrown out, that company suddenly was poised to get the work, at a price tag of perhaps $350 million.
However, officials in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration instead opted last week to restart the process, which is aimed at helping victims of 2016’s catastrophic floods. A new bid solicitation was issued Wednesday. Rest of article. Read it all.
Kingfish note: People are homeless or living out of FEMA trailers while the state wants to give 20% of the recovery to a friggin project manager. Pitchforks, ropes, tar, feather, and I'm not kidding. It's the only thing these thieves in both states will understand. I almost didn't post this story as I was afraid it would give some politicians and their friends some ideas.
This post appeared on Reddit but as with most Reddit threads, take it with a grain of salt. Trust but verify. You get the idea. It states:
I work at a Louisiana office that audits the state. We found clear, obvious evidence that the state is trying to give away 100M to his crony friends at Sullivan Group, but were suppressed from sharing the information. Here is a (not so) brief synopsis. PLEASE COPY AND SHARE THIS INFO TO THE LOCAL NEWS STATIONS, LINKS BELOW
TL;DR : The state used Larry Bankston to rule something idiotic so they could give 100M more to their friends (and Larry Bankston's son) at Sullivan Group, instead of giving that money to homeowners with flood damage.
- The floods in Louisiana caused the state to be given 1.2B for recovery (Source: http://wgno.com/2016/12/23/a-billion-dollars-for-flood-recovery-coming-to-louisiana/)
- These funds are to be overseen by a contractor
- A contractor with the best plan and the cheapest bid (250M versus 350M) won
- The selection committee that scores the proposals was rigged in Sullivan Group's (the 350M bid) favor, with political people being swapped in for half the technical people in the last week
- The remaining technical people scored the cheap/good company so highly in technical that the cheap/good company still won
- A protest was filed that the original winner needed a builders license. The builders on the team DO have the license, but the argument was that the tech company doing the project management should also have a builders license (??)
- Even though the protest seems absurd, the liberals chose Larry Bankston to rule on it. Larry Bankston is deeply connected to Sullivan Group (his son Ben is the regional manager for their local company, DRC!!) (source again: https://www.businessreport.com/article/protests-flood-recovery-contract-mounting-louisiana-cancel-rfp-start)
- Larry of course ruled that the tech company should also have a builders license so that the whole contract is cancelled
- Now the liberals have put out a new request to score the team's proposals and the fix is in. Sullivan Group will win and walk away with their 350M dollar bounty prize in federal funds for a 250M job
They'll probably find and fire me but wtv. I'm counting on you, Donald supporters and the Donald himself, DRAIN THIS LIBERAL SWAMP