Diane Feinstein's Husband Rakes in the Cash from Government Projects

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, created the investment firm, Blum Capital. Blum Capital is part owner of the construction firm, Perini-Zachary-Parsons. Dots connected so far? Perini-Zachary-Parsons has won the bid to build high speed rail track that will link Madera to Fresno, California. Once built, the Reason Foundation estimates that the railway will lose between $124 million to $373 million a year.

If you’ve never heard of Madera California and have barely heard of Fresno, you are not alone. But California’s mania in pursuing this fiscally suicidal venture is not what is spotlighted, here. As Mr. Rogers might have asked, Can you say ‘Conflict of interest’?” Or “graft”?

How did Perini-Zachary-Parsons manage to snag this prize? With the “lowest” bid, Blum’s company, miraculously, came up the victor. Their bid, $985,142,530, comes to $35 million per mile. At the moment, no one is asking the question of how it happened. The project is state funded. And, once again, Senator Feinstein’s dynasty makes out while the state and nation she represents tunnels ever deeper into the septic tank.

Feinstein has been tied to cronyism, using taxpayer funds, several times in the past. According to Breitbart.com, in a report from June, 2012, Feinstein used her position and the information she was privy in order to:

  1. Appropriate funds through the U.S. Senate Military Construction Subcommittee. Feinstein was serving on this committee and forced funding to companies owned by her husband. The pair netted somewhere around $5 million for their pains. Oh yes; the company prominently concerned was Perini.
  2. Allocate TARP Funds to the FDIC. Feinstein proposed legislation to funnel $25 billion in taxpayer funds to the FDIC. The FDIC had just awarded Blum’s real estate organization (he served on the board), the CB Ellis Group, a contract to resell foreclosed properties at rates higher than industry norms. The problem with Feinstein’s redirection of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars? According to the Washington Times: “the California Democrat (Feinstein) isn’t a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs with jurisdiction over FDIC; …the agency is supposed to operate from money it raises from bank-paid insurance payments--not direct federal dollars.”
  3. Obtain a mysterious grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2009 Feinstein and her husband invested in a “green,” renewable fuels company, Amyris. Weeks later, the DOE awarded Amyris a grant of $24 million; yes, taxpayer money. Amyris then took the stock public with an IPO that snagged the company another $85 million. Think Feinstein and Blum made their investment back?

Even if one believed in the miraculous regularity with which Feinstein/Blum’s “luck” occurs, Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to monitoring Washington ethics, says Feinstein’s explanation isn’t kosher. His research confirms that: “…neither the FDIC nor MILCON connections pass muster under the U.S. Senate Ethics Rules or the U.S. Criminal Code.”

Senator Feinstein excels at creating scenes of high dudgeon when she is confronted with facts she doesn’t like. And she still gets away with fiscal murder at taxpayer expense. If California wants to bloat the sewer that was the Golden State until it explodes, that’s their problem. But if Californians continue to re-elect venal specimens like Feinstein to the Senate, term after term, the billions it costs the rest of America is our problem.


  • Screeminmeeme

    "Those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it can never willingly abandon it." -- Edmund Burke

    ''When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.''--Benjamin Franklin

    • 7papa7

      More evidence that the dimwitocrats are morally bankrupt.

      • fliteking

        7Pop nails it again. Semper Paratus

        • 7papa7

          Thank you sir

  • Bobseeks

    Typical scumocrat hypocrisy - they rail against the one-percenters even though they ARE the one-percenters. The same thing goes on in the democrat-controlled cesspool where I live - Illinois. The scumocrats feed billions of dollars to their supporters through public works projects. I wonder if the OWS scum will picket the not-so-feinsteins?

    • Screeminmeeme

      You live in Illinois? In Obama territory?

      You have my deepest sympathy.

      • Bobseeks

        Thank you - living in Illinois is like living in satans rectum. I hope to be leaving soon.

        • Screeminmeeme

          Appropriate analogy.

        • $2398599

          If you are anywhere near South Side, you need body armor to survive.

  • ICOYAR

    Blum should be arrested for theft of government subsidiaries.

    Of course, he will get away with it because he is a libturd.

  • Robalou01

    I'm sure J Carney will be telling everyone to "move on, nothing to see here, no conflict of interest"

  • Gary Calhoun

    She should be impeached, he should be arrested, both should be prosecuted and put in jail for the rest of their life and have to PAY for being in jail and the rest of the money should go back to the tax payers!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

      You people constantly yell for impeachment, as if it were some kind of magic fix.

      Take for example: Only one, Senator William Blount of Tennessee in 1797. He was actually
      expelled from the Senate, but before the impeachment process was finalized.

      Now, do you really believe that the House and senate are going to impeach one of their own?

      Sometimes I think you people yell "impeach" simply because you like the sound of the word in your mouths.

      Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached by the U.S.
      House of Representatives, but acquitted by the Senate. Richard Nixon
      resigned before he could be impeached.

      In other words, technically speaking no one has ever actually been impeached.

      This impeachment thing that you seem so fond of does not work.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Dunn/100000108092512 Pamela Dunn

        Thanks to liberal idiots like you preventing them from working.

      • DontTreadOnMe11

        "In other words, technically speaking no one has ever actually been impeached." In fact your statement is wrong. To be "impeached" means that charges were brought against you. So, in fact, Johnson and Clinton WERE impeached.

        But I agree with you in one sense, that many people think impeachment is the end all. They are wrong.

      • LikedTheOldUSABetter

        Indictment is better, I agree.

        Atleast when Clinton lied, no US Ambassador or his staff DIED!!!

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/CfsINEYDoex3fXYF.FLFCPOcXaFQros-#f30f8 jong

    With the state that California is in this is no surprise. First it will go bankrupt with billions missing in the cracks and second Obamas organizations will have a mysterious contribution of millions given to them.

  • rockthebenz

    Ironically not one dime will go with either of them when they are dead..Hee Hee Hee

  • $2398599

    It's what she has done for many decades, we all know that. And yet, she is never charged with corruption. You need to speak to farmers in S. Kalifornia, to see what they think of her.

  • Ted Crawford

    Nothing surprizing here! Remember the STOCK Act passed last year, in the Senate with 93 for and only 2 against and in the House by 417 for and only 2 against. The bill that took months of debate to pass, and was loudly presented in the MSM? it's, falsely proported intent, to "prevent Congressional Insider Trading" ! On Friday April 12, it's repeal was unanimously sent, without debate, to the President's desk and signed on April 15th.!

  • HongryHawg

    Blum's organization is also acting as realtor to facilitate the sale of defunct and soon to be defunct Post Office buildings across the country. Nice commissions tied to that.

  • rchguns

    We should send Senator Dianne "FRANKENSTEIN" back to Transylvania who were ever. When someone does something this obvious thing gets away with it what does that say about our government . It definitely reflects badly when a senator is so obvious about ripping off the federal government, I'm sure that it's against the law somewhere, it's ethically and morally wrong and Diane Frankenstein should be reprimanded severely.

    Between Sen. Frankenstein and the wicked witch of the West Pelosi may be one should remember what a bucket of water and a match can do. (FIRE BAD)

    • JuJohn

      Good idea

    • LikedTheOldUSABetter

      Reprimand? Impeachment followed by imprisonment sounds better to me.

      • ves

        Firing squad ... because someone always let's truly evil back out of jail!

  • Taskmasterendgame

    California Treasonous Political Representatives.
    What do you expect these Communist who represent us?

  • $2398599

    Kalifornia needs to be traded off to China against what we owe them. The Chinese can take care of the many millions of illegals over here., And, perhaps then they will invade and take over mexiko, and we can import goods cheaper that way.

    • Andrew Marzilli

      We don't want that, Cali. has tons of natural resources we need to harvest. But, we could ship them the idiots that live there

  • babsan

    another EVIL Commie

  • The Old Man

    Insider information at work.... I was under the impression that it was going to stop, however the law never got off the ground.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

      Heck, it never got above ground.

  • Kaiser

    WHY ISN'T SHE IN JAIL!

    • Andrew Marzilli

      SATAN....her time is coming

      • JuJohn

        banana peels are all over D.C. !!! Can't wait till the slippin' and slidin' starts!
        Hope the secular news stations finally have to cave and report what's really goin' on.

  • Pebbles

    She and her husband are pukes. Why do the people of CA vote for her, and Pelosi? Makes no sense to me.

    • Andrew Marzilli

      ONE WORD S*T*U*P*I*D*I*T*Y, That and it is the "Land of Fruits and Nuts"

      • Pebbles

        Evedently. Now that so many are moving out of CA into CO, that will be the new land of fruits and nuts. Too bad, CO used to be wonderful.

        • JuJohn

          Yep...California USED to be beautiful too......sooner, probably not later, this formerly strong, beautiful USA, will look just like 3rd world....

        • LikedTheOldUSABetter

          Yeah, they're coming to Texas too but they're in for a big surprise if the try to pull that Liberal nonsense here.

          They will be handed their golden-tanned azzes to them after they've been kicked between their shoulders.

          We're all ready for them, believe me.

      • LikedTheOldUSABetter

        ....and flakes!

      • banjo kid

        California is not alone we just re-elected Obama by staying home in protest good job of cutting ones nose off to spite their face.

  • Sister Marie

    Why in the world would anyone want to put a high speed rail from virtually now where to no where in the center of Calf. It's not even linking to a major city anywhere. This valley area is basically farming or was before some morons stopped the water because they thought some 1/2 " fish was as stupid as they are. All animals will change their location if habitat or food sources change. It is criminal what has happened here. I drove thru here about 5 years ago and all I saw was miles and miles of dried up grape vineyards. Made me want to cry when I saw all the money and effort that went to originally create these vineyards.its as if the government wants to drive all farmers out of business so we have to import all of our food. I own a small avo grove and competition from Mexico drives our prices down

    • Andrew Marzilli

      BINGO.......you hit that nail right on the head. The govt. wants us dependent on them and not independent.

      • JuJohn

        Yea, Andrew, you and Marie are right on. 3rd world, here we come!

    • Matforce

      Great point!
      Consider Germany, a nation in the Euro with their fiscal house in relative order. They impose a 19% Tariff an all imports, plus a VAT depending on the amount of manufacture/assembly outside Germany to protect their first rate manufacuring sector, and highly unionized workforce from being undersold by sweatshop imports offshore. We don't do that here and it shows. Some have coined this trend of offshoring and kicking the relatively high wage USA worker to the curb for a larger profit margin and the downward pressure on wages here as a "race to the bottom." I call it, "getting in a pissing match with a pole cat."
      China's avg wage is $1.36/hr. Our "multinationals" (aka: America, Inc.) would like to adjust the USA lifestyle so our workforce can compete with these sweatshops in the "global economy" for jobs. (Remember Ross Perot during the NAFTA debate: "When all you care about is making money, there'll be a giant sucking souind headin' south.../) How would you make out on $1.36/hr. X 16 hrs./day X 6 days/wk. or $130/wk. living in a college dormatory type dwelling where each room sleeps 4-6 lodgers for $130/wk to pay your bills?

    • $2398599

      I drive that route frequently for years and it almost brings me to tears when I know how many people it has thrown out of work, and how wasted all that acreage has become thanks to that old hag Feinstein and her buddies in Sacramento. May she die of being thirsty.

  • DON THE BRITTON

    Does he plan on using Mexican labor? Maybe he gets an exception for the cheaper labor, he does have somebody in power who can pull the strings.

  • foxxybey

    He has to rape someone, his funnystein old lady is to ugly to have relationships with. Both deserve each other and hope they enjoy hell together.

    • JuJohn

      I thought her husband was dying of cancer years ago? That was her excuse to "carry" when she went to the hospital to see him. She is the most despicable piece of **** I can imagine.
      But....they all seem to be rowing the same boat...too bad for us...we all need to be on our knees, asking forgiveness from "Our Father" above, for allowing this "pond scum" to take over our once proud and beautiful "USA" !!!!!

  • true patriot

    Corrupt as corrupt as corrupt can be. "Corruption at it's finest."

  • joshuasweet

    and still the ethics committee can not find a reason to charge her, talk about unethical activities.

  • ste1021

    Ah, yes, the political elite are different. And corrupt.

  • Matforce

    It's enough to make every conservative constituent (whose Plutocratic boot licking, GOP representatives that take their marching orders from BIG $$$ lobbyists (Kochs, Adelson, Haliburton, Military Industrial Complex, "Multinational" Corporations, BIG OIL, Offshoring Corporations, Inc., etc.) want to just die with envy. That a husband of a bleeding heart liberal beat the BIG $$$ money grubbing, croney capitalist, insider, lacky Republican Plutocrat boot licker to the punch on a sweet deal like this one, is unconsciounable! Someone must have been asleep at the wheel... LOL

    • Richard Gibbard

      You're babbling. Come back when you can form a coherent post.

  • charles fetters

    How the Pritzkers, and the Feinstein-Blum and Rothschild's have control of the world finances. through real estate by being the "Ganov's (thieves and crooks).
    How is it these thieves get away with destroying our governments of the world?
    They have caused major financial crisis worldwide by ripping off the taxpayers for trillions of dollars, by using their power and greed. It's time to stop them.
    Will sign the following petition?
    http://signon.org/sign/the-ganovs-pritzkersfeinstein?source=c.em.mt&r_by=53443113
    Thanks

    • LikedTheOldUSABetter

      That's "gonif"...just sayin'.

  • gilbert

    And people wonder why I have referred to her for year as Senator Swinestien

  • wildeagleone

    This bitche is so interested in controlling all our lives. She and her husband should get our help in determining just how in the world he got this contract and how much influence she had in the final decision, where he got the figures that gave him and his firm the opportunity to come in with the lowest bid. It's time this bitche pays the piper and loses her position in this government and all benefits if she is found to be guilty of passing inside information to the firm her husband is partnered in and of course goes to jail for the crime where she will be safe with the guards carrying GUNS and I hope they are AR-15's

  • centermass1

    Her along with many many other traitors need to be arrested, tried and publicly executed along with Obama. Its time to clean house.

  • George Wentzel

    She's a worthless c u n t while he bends the tax payer over. Blood money, he'll pay.

  • Charlie

    Actually would of been surprised if this self centered zealot power crazed greedy woman did not do stuff like tossing almost a billion dollar job to her husband. This is one of the most corrupt people that has become one of our servants of our government of our country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keenan.e.lee Keenan Eugene Lee

    She's married? Shudder!!!!!

    • LikedTheOldUSABetter

      LOL! Hard to believe. Why is it that nearly all these Liberal bitches are so butt ugly? Have you ever noticed? I think they're just pissed off old ladies who know they ARE ugly and have minds to match.

      Gad, what must their spouses look like???

  • sicandtired

    How much longer are we going to stand for these criminals to lord over us??? Time to split the union...the experiment has failed...Lincoln got it wrong.

    • LikedTheOldUSABetter

      Ya got that right, brother! States' Rights prevail and would be a shot in the arm for the entire country, not just the southern half.
      But as Southerner, I would feel personally justified for the pain and suffering caused by the loss of the War of Northern Agression and the ensuing pain and suffering brought to the South by a Carpetbagging Administration.

  • gbandy

    One of the most iconic landmarks in the San Francisco (Feinstein's home) is the Oakland Bay Bridge that was just replaced with a new bridge. Unfortunately for the US the entire bridge was purchased from China. Now remember Feinstein and all Democrats still scream "We are for jobs and the workers" Well estimates say this bridge help create tens of thousands of jobs.......in China. Well finally the bridge is already falling apart due to poor materials and workmanship. Yet CA wants to build a HSP system what a idiotic insane mistake built by a big Democrat donor.

  • Richard Gibbard

    If I can still do math, that figure of $985+million, at $35 million per mile, only buys 28 miles of track. Did I, or somebody, overlook a few digits or decimal points?

  • elmcqueen3

    Corruption...Corruption...Corruption!...What more can be said...And this goes on constantly with no oversight to reign in the cronyism and practices of corruption that takes place at the tax payers expense...But what's to expect from this CommieCrat administration!..."When will They ever Learn?"...Peter, Paul and Mary

  • LikedTheOldUSABetter

    Diane Feinstein and Maxine Waters have BOTH given government funding and used cronyism for their personal benefit. More Marie Antoinette syndrom here...throw those Welfare crumbs to keep the peasants (who are too stupid to realize they're being had and too happy that they don't have to work!) happy.

    These creatures need to be purged from the government administration. They are worse than leeches and have no morals whatsoever.

    How can they be relieved of their positions as members of Congress?

  • KAG505

    Conflict of interest only applies to Republicans in most cases. Nothing to see here, move along.....

  • ves

    Is anyone really surprised at anything these lying thieves do??
    Don't forget Reid selling US Critical Minerals to China and his other backdoor deals to China ... don't forget the Wind Project and the fact they allowed China to bring their own people INTO the US as the Workers on ALL of these Projects!
    Then we have Pelosi Waters Boxer Durbin Schumer Biden Axelrod obama Clintons Franks ... just for starters!

  • Peggy

    This is as crooked as a pan of guts, and it makes me nauseous to think that Ms. Feinstein parades around Congress as though she's a paragon of virtue. She's used her position of power to get ill-gotten money, and that should be considered a crime. Unfortunately, there are many more politicians whose hands are just as dirty as hers, but being the sneaky money-grubbers they are, they figure out ways to protect themselves from being prosecuted for it.

  • David Lakatos

    Yea! Now you know why Californian Leadership suck's. They are all cut from the same Lying Liberal Thieves.

  • PAWX2011

    So what...no one is doing a dang thing about it. You do the research and write the article stating your accusations but then don't follow up by pressing charges. Someone who is a lawyer can surely help sink this piece of trash from California. Why is it only Democrats know how to file lawsuits. Come on conservative lawyers start nailing these SOBs to a wall...oh wait now I get it...the Repubs are just as guilty and corrupt aren't they...

  • banjo kid

    The money changers have their reward just as the man who prays openly hoping to be recognized as one who prays, his reward is with man not God. For me I will take what I have worked for and or what the Lord allowed me to make and be happy with it; satisfied in knowing that my reward remains to be seen good/or bad. Money made honestly is blessed , money made by the slight of hand is not.

  • snytz

    shouldn't that be the same as in-sider trading?