Why would an engineering firm from Colorado employed to help clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Katrina be donating money to Paul Hodes 2010 campaign? MWH America is, in their own words, a global leader in wet infrastructure, but MWH has recently been charged with poor invoicing practices and even overcharging the city of New Orleans for their work.
The report by New Orleans Inspector General E.R. Quatrevaux said the flawed contract with MWH Americas Inc. has hurt the city’s recovery, placing blame on both the company and city officials. The city’s slow rebuilding process continues to anger residents, and the uneven recovery was a major issue in the campaign leading up to last month’s mayoral election.
The report also said city employees and elected officials may have violated ethics laws by accepting gifts or meals from MWH.
Could be nothing, but if a federal investigation is needed, it might pay to have friends in the US Senate. And after American Sugar paid off congressmen Hodes with a $10,000.00 campaign donation for voting for and then voting to override two vetoes on the 2008 farm/renewable energy bill, a bill that that flooded hundreds of millions in special interest ethanol subsidies to an industry looking for a way to get past up front costs, we can’t be too careful about who is giving Paul Hodes their money.