Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Frank LoBiondo bans contractor misconduct, is trying to cancel all Lockheed contracts!

Representative Frank LoBiondo wisely has saved a million dollars in his campaign fund and broken his 1994 term limits pledge so that he could grant us the benefits of his wisdom without fear of the consequences. Years of fighting in Congress, with his special role in overseeing the Coast Guard's Deepwater Project, has brought him the hard-earned experience to know what to do when faced with corruption and incompetence. The results...

LoBiondo has co-sponsored H.R. 3571, which reads:

To prohibit the Federal Government from awarding contracts, grants, or other agreements to, providing any other Federal funds to, or engaging in activities that promote certain indicted organizations.

Now, Frank LoBiondo's no dummy. He knows that crooked contractors won't give up their money easily. That's why he and his Republican friends chose the name "Defund ACORN Act," to throw everyone off the scent. You see, even if ACORN stole every cent it was granted in the last decade, it wouldn't even make the top thirty list of contractor misconduct. And, as Lobiondo and we all know after the AGI bonus outrage, a Bill of Attainder aimed at punishing specific people or companies is unconstitutional. So who will LoBiondo defund with his new rules?

Here's one: Lockheed-Martin, in the past a big supporter of LoBiondo, is responsible for $577 million in misconduct in 50 separate cases according to POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database .

It's too bad Representative Alan Grayson figured out that so many crooks would be caught in LoBiondo's net. Feel free to add to his google spreadsheet of contractor abuse so that Grayson can file the list of crooked contractors in the legislative history.

I'm sure my interpretation of LoBiondo's intentions are accurate. After all, it's not possible that Frank LoBiondo only cares about fraud by a non-profit that helps poor people of color?

Cross Posted at Blue Jersey