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UBC/McCarron D.C. Political Lobby

From 1/1/2009
Through 12/31/2009
5. DESIGNATION (Local, Lodge, etc.)
8. MAILING ADDRESS (Type or print in capital letters)
First Name ANDRIS Last Name SILINS
P.O Box - Building and Room Number 10TH FLOOR
Number and Street 101 CONSTITUTION AVENUE NW
City WASHINGTON State DC ZIP Code + 4 20001

Name and Address

Type or Classification
Political Consultant
Total Itemized Transactions $75,000
Total Non-Itemized Transactions $0
Total of All Transactions $75,000
Consulting 2009-01-22 $15,000
Consulting 2009-02-19 $15,000
Consulting 2009-03-19 $15,000
Consulting 2009-04-23 $15,000
Consulting 2009-05-21 $15,000

New Chairman Installed to 'Invigorate' G.O.P.
Published: February 02, 1992

Richard N. Bond, a political consultant with close ties to President Bush, was installed today as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Mr. Bond succeeds Clayton K. Yeutter, who was named Friday night to a newly created White House post, with Cabinet rank, to oversee economic and domestic policy. The move was part of a reorganization of the White House staff geared to the President's re-election campaign.

The election-year moves reflect Mr. Bush's desire for a more dynamic party spokesman, a party official said. This official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said Friday that Mr. Bond was a "flame thrower" who was sorely needed to "invigorate" the Republican apparatus and to counteract the Democratic national chairman, Ronald H. Brown. An Admirer of Lee Atwater

Last year Mr. Yeutter (pronounced YITE-er), a 61-year-old former Secretary of Agriculture, replaced Lee Atwater, who died of a brain tumor. Mr. Atwater was known for his slashing, no-holds-barred style of campaigning. Mr. Bond worked with Mr. Atwater and has expressed admiration for his style.

The new national chairman told members of the Republican National Committee today that the Democrats had "pontificated, pussyfooted, stalled and delayed" on the President's anticrime proposals and other domestic measures, and he said he would hold Congress to the President's March 20 deadline for action on his plan to revive the economy, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Yeutter's appointment as the President's chief domestic policy adviser reflects the growing authority of Samuel K. Skinner, the new White House chief of staff, who seeks to make the White House more responsive to the political needs of Mr. Bush's re-election campaign.

The appointment of Mr. Yeutter is widely considered the most important action yet taken by Mr. Skinner to consolidate his control of the White House. Mr. Skinner, a former Secretary of Transportation, succeeded John H. Sununu in December as chief of staff.

Mr. Yeutter's appointment is widely viewed as an effort by Mr. Skinner to diminish the authority of Richard G. Darman, the White House budget director, with whom Mr. Skinner has been at odds. Mr. Skinner favors a more political approach to economic issues, while Mr. Darman favors a slower and more moderate response.

The move also diminishes the operational role of Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady, who also is chairman of the Economic Policy Council, which is to be abolished in the reorganization.

The reorganization also eliminates the Domestic Policy Council, which was headed by Attorney General William P. Barr. And it is expected to further diminish the authority of Roger Porter, the White House domestic policy adviser, who is believed to to be seeking another job. Aide to Moderate Republicans

Mr. Bond, 41, a native New Yorker with a bachelor of arts degree from Fordham University, began his political career working for moderate Republicans, including Representative Bill Green of Manhattan and former Senator Charles McC. Mathias Jr. of Maryland.

Mr. Bond served as deputy campaign manager of Mr. Bush's Presidential campaign in 1988. Previously, he was deputy chief of staff to Mr. Bush when he was Vice President, and was deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Mr. Bond had initially expected to get the Republican national chairman's job after Mr. Atwater's death last year, but his appointment was blocked by Mr. Sununu.

Mr. Bond then joined Frank. J. Donatelli, a former White House political director under President Ronald Reagan, to create a lobbying concern, Bond Donatelli Inc., which represents the American Petroleum Institute and the Grumman Corporation, among other clients.

September 11, 2002
Bush Finds a Friend in Carpenters' Union President

In a movement whose anthem is ''Solidarity Forever,'' Douglas J. McCarron, president of the carpenters' union, defiantly marches to a different drummer, so much so that some union leaders worry that he has marched into the enemy's camp.

Not only has Mr. McCarron caused the biggest split in labor in 30 years by pulling the carpenters out of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., but he has emerged as President Bush's best friend in a union movement that often derides Mr. Bush as the worst president for workers in decades.

Last Monday, for the second Labor Day in a row, Mr. McCarron played host to Mr. Bush, this time at a carpenters' picnic outside Pittsburgh, where he showered praise on the president, delighting White House strategists who are eager to woo union members.

He has flown twice on Air Force One with Mr. Bush, he was the only union president to speak at Mr. Bush's economic conference, and in June, Mr. Bush, who rarely speaks at union conventions, appeared at the carpenters' convention.

In labor circles, some fear that Mr. McCarron has become an unwitting accomplice in a White House's strategy to divide the largely Democratic labor movement and entice union members into the Republican fold. Some union leaders question how Mr. McCarron can ally himself with Mr. Bush after the president helped repeal new workplace safety rules and barred federal construction projects from giving preference to unionized workers. They say he has let the White House use him as a blue-collar show horse to attract workers' votes, without receiving much in return.

''We're anxious to see any concrete results that the carpenters' relationship with President Bush might bring,'' said Edward Sullivan, president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s Building and Construction Trades Department. ''If it benefits the carpenters, that will be good.''

Richard Hurd, a labor relations professor at Cornell, expressed doubt.

''The White House is trying to project an image of being friendlier to the unionized worker than it truly is, and McCarron certainly helps that,'' Professor Hurd said. ''The question you would ask is, 'Is it worth it to the carpenters?' I don't know of any evidence yet that it is.''

But Mr. McCarron insists that his friendship with Mr. Bush is paying off. He said some Bush policies are benefiting carpenters, like a legislative change that boosts pensions for construction workers. He said carpenters would benefit from other Bush proposals, like oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and easing air pollution rules to speed renovations of power plants.

''I think we've got a better chance working with this administration than dissing it all the time,'' said Mr. McCarron, whose union, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, with 538,000 members, is one of the biggest in the building trades. ''His views are not similar to my views on a lot of issues, but on a lot of issues he understands the needs of working families.''

Mr. McCarron said that when he flew on Air Force One on Labor Day, he told the president about the concerns of working people. He said that thanks to the carpenters' relationship with Mr. Bush, the president's selections to the National Labor Relations Board were friendlier to unions than they might have been.

''I am completely convinced in the integrity of George Bush,'' he said.

Republican strategists say Mr. McCarron played a pivotal role in making the White House rethink its one-time view that labor was a hostile monolith. Mr. McCarron helped persuade Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's political adviser, that while some unions would implacably oppose Mr. Bush, other unions could work with him to their mutual benefit.

''There are a number of areas where the president's policies are consistent with the interests of members of the carpenters, the teamsters and some other unions,'' said Ken Mehlman, the White House political director. ''When there's a nexus between the policy interests, it's natural that you'll work together in advancing those policy interests.''

Republican strategists say that if Mr. Bush could win slightly more of the union vote in 2004 -- just 27 percent of union voters backed him in 2000 -- he could easily win swing states, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, that he narrowly lost.

Mr. McCarron asserts that his union is taking a bipartisan approach, noting that the carpenters have contributed $1.2 million to Democratic senators to help the Democrats keep control of the Senate.

''Whether the guy has a D after his name or an R, if he cherishes the values of working people, I'm going to work with him,'' he said.

He said it would be dangerous if Republicans took control of the Senate because that would make it harder to block antilabor legislation. ''Trent Lott and Don Nickels scare the living bejesus out of my members,'' he said, referring to the Republican Senate leader and to a Republican senator from Oklahoma.

Rich Bond, a former Republican National Committee chairman and a consultant to the carpenters, said, ''Doug McCarron is one of the few individuals who can gain the mutual trust of George Bush and Teddy Kennedy.''

Senator Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, praised Mr. McCarron's efforts for carpenters.

''I consider him to be a friend,'' Mr. Kennedy said, but then he questioned Mr. McCarron's ties to Mr. Bush. ''He feels he gets face time with the president, is able to talk about these issues. We'll see whether he is about to get anything out of it.''

By no means is politics the only area where Mr. McCarron has shaken things up. He has cut headquarters staff to 26 from 250. He demolished the union's majestic headquarters near Capitol Hill and erected a 10-story building, where the union uses half of one floor and rents out the rest for $20 million a year.

He has hired 700 full-time organizers, he said, to make the union grow after years of decline. He said the carpenters left the A.F.L.-C.I.O. because he disliked its large bureaucracy and the $4 million in dues the carpenters paid each year.

''He has done more to change his union than anybody in the labor movement,'' said John Wilhelm, the president of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union. ''I don't quarrel with many of his criticisms of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., but I don't think leaving was helpful.''

Photo: Douglas J. McCarron (Associated Press)

07/12/2007 FEC FORM3 C00269340 NJ district 2
LoBiondo for Congress
PO Box 775
Marmora, NJ 08223-0775

(page 13: Richard Bond, 6/11/2007, $500)
(page 68: UBCJA, Carpenters Legislative Improvement, Attn: Douglas McCarron C70004361, 7/12/2007, $5000)

Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 09:57 AM EST
Rep LoBiondo (R) returns Abramoff $1000, gets extra $1000 day before

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(Cross-posted at Blue Jersey)

On Aug 18, 2005, Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R) said he would return a $1000 contribution that Jack Abramoff made in June of 2001. But unbelievably, the day before, on Aug 17, 2005, Abramoff made a second $1000 contribution to LoBiondo.

Rep. Jim Saxton (R) already returned a $1000 contribution that Abramoff made in 2001, but Saxton also received $1000 in 2003 and $1000 in 2004 from Abramoff. Maybe the 2001 money was a bribe so they are giving it back, while the rest of the money was just influence peddling so they are deciding to keep it.

Rep. Mike Ferguson (R) still hasn't returned the $1000 he got from Abramoff.

State Senator William Gormley (R) also got $1000 from Abramoff in 2000 when he was running for US Senate.

And how could we forget? Abramoff also gave $5000 to the New Jersey Republican State Committee.

By my calculations, the NJ GOP and elected officials have received at least $12,000 from Abramoff but only promised to return $2,000. Even the ones who did say they would return contributions aren't returning the full amount. Nice.
Originally posted to jmelli on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 09:57 AM EST.

Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation
Frank LoBiondo, Chairman

Tutor Perini Corporation Announces $23 Million Task Order Award for a U.S. Coast Guard Hangar

SYLMAR, Calif., Dec 15, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC), a leading civil and building construction company, today announced that it was recently awarded a $23.5 million task order under a previously announced Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard multiple award construction contract (MACC). The project is for design and construction of an aircraft Hangar at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, MA.

The hangar project includes the design and construction of hangar space for four Maritime Patrol Aircraft, maintenance shops, engineering and administration offices, personnel support areas, and crew berthing and recreation facilities. Upon project completion the complete facility will be LEED Silver Certified.

The project will be managed by Perini Management Services, Inc. (PMSI), a wholly-owned subsidiary based in Framingham, MA. PMSI specializes in the management of design-build and construction task order contracts for U.S. government agencies.

The Tutor Perini team includes Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering of Norfolk, VA, who will provide all design services for the project.

Robert Band, President of Tutor Perini Corporation and CEO of Perini Management Services, Inc., said: "We are pleased to begin work for the Coast Guard under this program and are looking forward to providing quality construction that will lead to additional task orders over the seven-year MACC contract."

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http://www.americanrightsatwork.org/   UBC INTERNATIONAL LM-2, FY 2009 $550K donation, re: RIGHT TO WORK IS WRONG (see video)....irony, given UBC Local 43 & Lebovitz, which is the UBC & Doug McCarrons form of Right to Work Laws...via judicial decree of the First Circuit, McCarron did an end run around Congessional Authority to legislate (write laws) and shitcanned the Union Security Clause under the proviso to NLRA Section 8(a)(3) - which allows Unions such as the UBC to set jurisdictional limits where members are allowed to work.

Mobility, is the Expansion of Travelers Rights per NERCC Counsel.

Simply put, the UBC International supports Right to Work Laws as do the Contractor Associations.

American Rights at Work is one of the chief proponents of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) which is another farce aimed at mobility, full mobility, right to work laws and the Elimination of Secret Ballot Elections.....kinda like the pretend votes at your Union Meetings where the goons are behind you watching who you check off, all the votes are in pencil (so they can erase them after the fact, when the chosen slate is forced through), or where they issue numbered ballots & hand them out in correlation to the forced sign in sheet so they can see who voted what way...

Interesting too - Lee James Partners....$200,013 for Dental Work...gee, who got their teeth knocked out requiring all that fancy work?

$20M in salaries & bennies at the UBC International, it's a Wonderful Life - especially when the UBC claims 538k members & there is only 473K Nationwide in 2009, down from 1.3M pre-McCarron 20 years ago.......must be all those pesky illegals & cash workers Skewing the Numbers huh guys?
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all the votes are in pencil (so they can erase them after the fact, when the chosen slate is forced through),

Many years ago at a Council election they gave me a pencil, I brought a pen !
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Diane Feinstein: Corrupt War Profiteer
A few months ago, I wrote an open letter to Diane Feinstein after she voted in favor of giving the Bush Administration expanded power to spy on Americans. I couldn’t figure out why, as a highly respected Democrat, Diane Feinstein would be so willing to go along with the Bush Administration’s policies. After all, it wasn’t the first time she had voted with the neo-conservatives. She voted in favor of giving President Bush the authority to attack Iraq in 2002. She voted for the Patriot Act. She voted to extend the Patriot Act. She voted in favor of condemning MoveOn.org, and in effect her Democratic base, for questioning the motives of General Petreaus. She voted in favor of confirming Michael Mukasey as Attorney General, even though he made it quite clear he would bend the rules for the Bush Administration. As a Democrat, why would she do these things?

It turns out that she may be going along with Bush Administration policies because she is, for all intents and purposes, a lot like the Bush Administration. An investigation by Peter Byrne, which was not covered by the mainstream press, discovered that from 2001 through 2005 Diane Feinstein used her position as Chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee (MILCON) to funnel huge amounts money to Perini Corporation and URS Corporation, companies that were, at the time, largely owned by her husband, Richard C. Blum. The enormous surge in profits for Perini Corporation and URS Corporation resulted in millions of dollars of additional personal wealth for Diane Feinstein’s immediate family, making her just as much of a war-profiteer as Dick Cheney via Halliburton.

During her tenure as Chairman of MILCON, the committee in charge of deciding which military construction projects will be funded from a list proposed by the Department of Defense, projects approved by Diane Feinstein resulted in $1.5 billion dollars worth of contracts for her husband’s companies, split almost evenly down the middle with Perini Corporation receiving $759 million and URS Corporation receiving $792 million.

This kind of money was unusual for these two companies. URS Corporation received $24 million dollars in 2000 for military construction work. One year later, before the Iraq and Afghanistan wars but after Diane Feinstein became of the Chairman of MILCON, URS Corporation’s federal paycheck rose to $184 million for military construction work. In 2000, Perini Corporation was struggling, receiving $7 million a year from federal contracts. Their specialty at the time was building casinos. By 2004, however, the company had transformed itself into a defense contractor and earned $444 million dollars from federally funded projects. It’s hard to believe that this simultaneous boom in federal business, which coincides with Feinstein’s appointment as the Chairman of MILCON, is a coincidence.

In theory, as Chairman of MILCON, Diane Feinstein would not have known which companies would be bidding on and/or receiving the contracts to complete the projects funded by MILCON. However, Michael Klein, a legal adviser to Diane Feinstein and business partner of her husband, admitted that he had consistently given lists to Diane Feinstein that told her which projects Perini Corporation would stand to benefit from. He volunteered this information to the investigator believing that Diane Feinstein had used the information to recuse herself from those appropriations. But, according to Byrne, “the public record shows that contrary to Klein's belief, Feinstein did act on legislation that affected Perini and URS.”

The Feinstein family is not just profiting from projects related to the war. One of the more egregious and clear examples of Diane Feinstein’s conflict of interest involved the clean up of closed military bases in the United States. According to Peter Byrne, “Year after year, Feinstein has closely overseen the environmental cleanup and redevelopment of McClellan Air Force Base near Sacramento, frequently requesting that officials add tens of millions of dollars to that project.” From 2000 to 2005, URS Corporation and its partners, which specialize in environmental consulting and engineering work at military bases, was given $204 million for work at McClellan Air Force Base.

The following is a revealing excerpt of a March 2002 exchange between Diane Feinstein and Assistant Secretary of Defense Nelson F. Gibbs:

    Sen. Feinstein. Is the Air Force capable of executing greater [cleanup] funding in 2003 at McClellan?
    Mr. Gibbs. Yes, ma'am.
    Feinstein. And how much would that be? How about $22 million?
    Gibbs. That would be very close. That would be almost exact as a matter of fact. . . . If you would like, I can provide for you a list of those individual projects.
    Feinstein. I would. If you would not mind. Thank you very much.

The week after this exchange took place, Diane Feinstein received a memo from Gibbs, showing the addition of $23 million to the McClellan Air Force Base clean-up project. This money was specifically set aside for groundwater remediation, a URS Corporation specialty.

And the cherry on top: CB Richard Ellis, the real estate company also headed by Diane Feinstein’s husband, Richard C. Blum, is redeveloping McClellan Air Force Base for the private sector.

This is just one of many examples of Diane Feinstein's conflict of interest issues provided by Peter Byrne in his investigative report.

According to Peter Byrne, “In 2005, Roll Call calculated Feinstein's wealth, including Blum's assets, at $40 million, up 25 percent from the year before.” In addition, Diane Feinstein’s husband, Richard C. Blum, resigned from the URS board of directors and sold 5.5 million URS Corporation shares, worth about $220 million at market price.

Diane Feinstein resigned as Chairman of MILCON in March 2007, after Peter Byrne’s expose was printed. But she took over as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee in 2006, which is the committee in charge of oversight of conflict of interest situations. This is probably the reason that no investigation into her conduct has been launched.

This post is only a fraction of the information from Byrne’s investigation. For the whole story, check out his article. He also wrote a follow up explaining why most people never saw his report.

And for any California residents that read this post… we elected Diane Feinstein to her third term in 2006, meaning that unless we recall her, she will stay in the Senate until 2012. While we unfortunately have bigger fish to fry at the moment (the Bush Administration), recalling Diane Feinstein should probably be added to our To Do List.
by Jen Clark