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tandot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 05:49 PM
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8. Defective pumps used to protect New Orleans (Company connected to Jeb Bush)
NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers, rushing to meet President Bushs promise to protect New Orleans by the start of the 2006 hurricane season, installed defective flood-control pumps last year despite warnings from its own expert that the equipment would fail during a storm, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The 2006 hurricane season turned out to be mild, and the new pumps were never pressed into action. But the Corps and the politically connected manufacturer of the equipment are still struggling to get the 34 heavy-duty pumps working properly.

The pumps are now being pulled out and overhauled because of excessive vibration, Corps officials said. Other problems have included overheated engines, broken hoses and blown gaskets, according to the documents obtained by the AP.


MWI is owned by J. David Eller and his sons. Eller was once a business partner of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a venture called Bush-El that marketed MWI pumps. And Eller has donated about $128,000 to politicians, the vast majority of it to the Republican Party, since 1996, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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  -AP IMPACT: New Orleans pumps were faulty deminks  Mar-13-07 03:01 PM   #0 
  - IMPEACH. INDICT.  fooj   Mar-13-07 03:14 PM   #1 
  - Didn't you get the memo?  BayCityProgressive   Mar-13-07 03:27 PM   #2 
  - k&r. n/t  intheflow   Mar-13-07 03:35 PM   #3 
  - The pimps were faulty?!?  DavidD   Mar-13-07 03:42 PM   #4 
  - That's how I read that too!!  Hardrada   Mar-13-07 06:01 PM   #14 
  - "the vast majority of it to the Republican Party, since 1996,"  DiktatrW   Mar-13-07 04:23 PM   #5 
  - K&R and...  rec_report   Mar-13-07 04:33 PM   #6 
  - Don't tell me - "mistakes were made"  Canuckistanian   Mar-13-07 05:34 PM   #7 
  - Defective pumps used to protect New Orleans (Company connected to Jeb Bush)  tandot   Mar-13-07 05:49 PM   #8 
  - If something is fucked-up  CrazyOrangeCat   Mar-13-07 05:49 PM   #9 
  - When will this company be moving to Dubai?  higher class   Mar-13-07 05:49 PM   #10 
  - Has a politically-connected 'puke contractor ever delivered a a non-defective quality product  indepat   Mar-13-07 05:49 PM   #11 
  - Remember when Babs tied her relief donation to Neal's software company?  LisaM   Mar-13-07 05:49 PM   #12 
  - We just had to go through a day-long training on ethics where I work  tandot   Mar-13-07 05:56 PM   #13 
  - U.S. fraud suit targets ex-partner of Jeb Bush (2002)  LiberalFighter   Mar-13-07 08:11 PM   #15 
  - Deerfield Observer Newspaper  LiberalFighter   Mar-13-07 08:15 PM   #16 
  - Water pumps are such new technology, how can anyone expect  hedgehog   Mar-13-07 09:13 PM   #17 
  - Corps placed faulty pumps in New Orleans (Former Jeb Bush partner in Bush-El water pump deals)  seafan   Mar-13-07 09:57 PM   #18 
  - They are being overhauled instead of replaced....this is just  MadMaddie   Mar-13-07 09:57 PM   #19 
  - This makes me so sick. Nom for outrage. nt  babylonsister   Mar-13-07 09:57 PM   #20 
  - Jeb Bush, on his involvement with the fraudulent Nigerian deals: "Either you trust me or you don't."  seafan   Mar-13-07 10:10 PM   #23 
  - Our f'in pumps don't work!!  yankeeinlouisiana   Mar-13-07 09:58 PM   #21 
  - Come on folks-it's just another bush family coincidence.  mod mom   Mar-13-07 10:03 PM   #22 
  - And I suppose that this wasn't political, either.  Kool Kitty   Mar-13-07 11:39 PM   #24 

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