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Sunday, April 23, 2006

DiFi Gets Her Wings 

A useful idea from Peter Scheer of the California First Amendment Coalition:
Given Buckley vs. Valeo's money-is-speech paradigm, the only truly effective way to regulate money in politics is through disclosure -- effective and timely disclosure -- of political spending and contributions. Disclosure requirements are not only permitted by the First Amendment; they are encouraged because they make available more information, rather than less, and because disclosure requirements avoid restrictions on political expression . . . .

. . . I would urge Congress (for federal elections) and the California Legislature (for state elections) to provide that candidates receiving more than $100,000 from any special interest be required to wear, on the back or chest of their business suits, a big, prominent patch of the interest group's logo.

Like NASCAR drivers whose uniforms are emblazoned with patches for Quaker State oil, Marlboro cigarettes and the like, our most powerful elected representatives would have to graphically disclose their political sponsors in a way that is guaranteed to get out the message.
In other news:
URS Corporation (NYSE: URS) today announced that the Company's EG&G Division has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to provide contractor logistics support services to the Naval Air Systems Command. Under the terms of the contract, URS will continue to provide integrated logistics support services for seven C-26D aircraft, a military version of the Fairchild Metroliner commuter aircraft, at naval facilities in Barking Sands, Hawaii and Sigonella and Naples, Italy . . . .

URS Corporation offers a comprehensive range of professional planning and design, systems engineering and technical assistance, program and construction management, and operations and maintenance services for transportation, commercial/ industrial, facilities, environmental, water/wastewater, homeland security, installations and logistics, and defense systems. Headquartered in San Francisco, the Company operates in more than 20 countries with approximately 29,200 employees providing engineering and technical services to federal, state and local governmental agencies as well as private clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, power, manufacturing, mining and forest products industries.
Although URS, through EG&G, has done at least $600 million worth of business in Iraq, the contract above is worth a measly $17.7 million. Why do we mention it? Because the main shareholder in URS is Blum Capital, owned by Richard Blum, the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Wouldn't she look fetching with a C-26D on her back?

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