Crony Captialism, the Feinstein Connection

The corporations on the high-speed train are Lockheed-Martin and URS.

URS was owned by Richard C. Blum until 2005. In 1998 when the Bay Bridge process got going, URS was the eighth largest engineering and design corporation in the world. By the time Blum sold URS in 2005, it was Number One.

Feinstein served on a number of different committees that approved contracts for companies owned by Blum. Sometimes she carried federal legislation that earmarked these corporations, including URS on the high-speed train and the San Francisco Airport expansion of 2000. URS won the airport expansion contract in a design competition that was posted on the very day the “competition” closed.

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