Under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ is planning to attack affirmative action policies in college admissions. If Sessions succeeds, he won’t stop there.
Whitefish Energy, listed as of September 20, 2017, as a two-person company in Montana, was awarded a $300 million no-bid or sole source contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s hurricane-ravaged electrical grid. Seriously?
Since Whitefish Energy announced the PREPA contract last week, the Trump administration’s Interior Secretary Zinke has vehemently denied having any connection with the small company procuring such a lucrative contract. However, a connection has emerged between Zinke and Andy Techmanski, the CEO of Whitefish Energy, that one of Zinke’s sons previously had a summer job working for Techmanski. Interesting!
This past Thursday, the Whitefish Energy contract was obtained by a journalist, who identified a number of unusual provisions in the deal, including a clause which prohibits the federal government from auditing the company’s costs and profits. Say what!?!
After Mayor Cruz of Puerto Rico, questioned the transparency of the “alarming” contract—the largest awarded for any relief efforts after Hurricane Maria—and demanded it be voided, Whitefish Energy’s Twitter account called her comments “disappointing and demoralizing” and appeared to threaten to stop working altogether: “We’ve got 44 linemen rebuilding power lines in your city & 40 more men just arrived. Do you want us to send them back or keep working?”
The arrogance and disrespect is mind blowing but not surprising. Accusing other people of not earning the opportunities they have is just another benefit of white privilege, as it never seems appropriate that others would dare question of they truly earned the opportunities they’ve recieved. Who are we kidding? Deals likeWhitefish Energy are as American as apple pie.
What strikes me most is how much the right wing frowns upon any form of affirmative such as minority set asides yet, deals like Whitefish Energy are precisely why in 2017, we still need such programs. I’d love to know if there have ever been any minority owned businesses which have ever been the recipient of a $300 million dollar no-bid contract? I’d love to know how diverse the Whitefish Energy contractor/subcontractor workforce is?
The Whitefish Energy contract should be investigated and voided due to lack of competition in the bidding. Since it’s my tax dollars, I’d like to see contracts offered to other companies in a fair, equitable manner.