Richard Tisei Cozies up with Halliburton, Dick Cheney
War Profiteers cut four-figure check to Tisei
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2014
Salem, MA – According to his latest filing with the Federal Election Commission, out yesterday, Richard Tisei accepted a donation from Halliburton, the war profiteer that cost American taxpayers $39.5 billion in Iraq while at the center of scandals rife with waste, fraud and abuse. Mother Jones identified KBR, the company Halliburton operated under in Iraq, as the perpetrator of the top 3 "All-Time 10 Worst Military Contracting Boondoggles."
“No wonder Richard Tisei is so quick to support sending troops back to Iraq; he’s cozied up with the very Halliburton executives who made billions off a misguided war that cost thousands of American lives,” said Carrie Rankin, Seth Moulton’s communications director. “Halliburton would love to send another rubber stamp to Congress who will give Washington 'the benefit of the doubt' when it comes to putting ground troops in Iraq instead of a decorated war veteran who will ask the tough questions and hold any administration accountable.”
Background on Halliburton
Halliburton subsidiary KBR was the largest contracting beneficiary in Iraq, according to media reports regarding a congressional hearing after the release of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Defense Contract Audit Agency, KBR was rife with cases of “suspected overbilling, bribery and other violations since 2004.”
KBR received “billions of dollars” that “ended up wasted due to poorly defined work orders, inadequate oversight and contractor inefficiencies,” according to the AP.
KBR’s faulty electrical work, for which DoD paid them $80 million in bonuses, was allegedly the cause of the electrocution deaths of more than a dozen U.S. Soldiers.
Background on Tisei’s Support for Troops in Iraq
At the Lynn Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum on October 10, 2014, Richard Tisei said: “I would have given the President the benefit of the doubt. If the President comes to Congress and says you know what, we do need ground troops, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt, because this is a huge threat. We can’t pretend it’s not happening. It’s a threat to here in America, but the President has to articulate it to the American people, and there has to be a full debate in the Congress.”
Moulton responded: “I just want to make one thing clear. I will never give the President the benefit of the doubt when it comes to putting young Americans in harm's way. I will make sure that we ask all the toughest questions, and limit that doubt, so that there is no question it is the right decision.”