Swampy: No-Bid $300 Million Contract To Small Company In Interior Secretary’s Hometown Smells Fishy

Swampy: No-Bid $300 Million Contract To Small Company In Interior Secretary’s Hometown Smells Fishy

Swampity swamp swamp.

Eyebrows are raised high as folks are getting a look at the contract given to a tiny Montana energy company located in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown to help restore power in Puerto Rico.

Get this: at the time of Hurricane Maria, Whitefish Energy Holdings had only two employees and had never attempted work on this scale before.

The contract, obtained by The Daily Beast reporter Ken Klippenstein, states “In no event shall [government bodies] have the right to audit or review the cost and profit elements.”

Plus, the agreement dictates that the Puerto Rican government “waives any claim against Contractor related to delayed completion of work.”

What?

As part of the deal, each employee for the company sent to Puerto Rico will be paid $332.41 each day for accommodations. That’s just housing. And another $79.82 for meals – each day.

The majority of Whitefish’s workforce is comprised of subcontractors who are to be paid $462 per hour for a supervisor and $319.04 for a lineman.

The governor of Puerto Rico has ordered an audit into the contract.

One more thing – did I mention Whitefish Energy was founded and run by a man who contributed large sums of money to President Trump?

Whitefish Energy also got off on the wrong foot by criticizing Mayor Cruz of San Juan when she publicly asked a question of the company about “transparency.”

The company’s Twitter account got crunchy with the mayor which led to deleting the snark and issuing an apology.

Swampy: No-Bid $300 Million Contract To Small Company In Interior Secretary’s Hometown Smells Fishy