Another corrupt to the core Democrat.
No wonder Joe Biden likes him.
They are 2 peas in a pod and have a lot in common.
"Pete Buttigieg’s Donors Rewarded with $33M in South Bend City Contracts"
"Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s donors were rewarded with
over $33 million in city contracts during his eight years as mayor of
South Bend, Indiana, according to a Daily Mail report.
There were 23 companies that donated to Buttigieg’s mayoral political
action committee who were later awarded millions in city contracts.
Between the companies, their executives, and spouses, $253,750 were
donated, resulting in at least $33,280,426 worth of contracts between
2011 and 2019.
Along with monetary contributions to his campaign, the companies gifted
Buttigieg alcohol, cigars, and golf trips valued at hundreds of dollars.
Two firms, Abonmarche and Donohue & Associates, received hefty city
contracts on the same they donated to Buttigieg.
The Mail reported:
Donohue & Associates president Craig Brunner and his wife Sandra gave
$1,000 to the campaign on August 8, 2017, the same day Brunner’s company
was awarded a $150,000 job by the city.
Two weeks later on August 22 that year, Abonmarche’s board chairman John
Linn gave $2,000 to Mayor Pete’s campaign. The same day, the South Bend
BPW approved a $75,700 contract for the company.
Abonmarche executives gave a total $12,870 to Buttigieg’s political funds
between 2012 and 2018, and the company won $616,790 in city contracts.
Shockingly, Buttigieg appointed Eric Horvath, a former American
Structurepoint executive, as director of South Bend’s Department of
Public Works, the entity responsible for granting taxpayer money for
construction jobs. Horvath’s appointment to the board came after American
Structurepoint co-owner Marlin Knowles donated more than $1,000 to
Buttigieg’s campaign in 2011.
The following year, American Structurepoint received a contract for the
South Bend Smart Streets Project, which reportedly had a $25 million
Taxpayers Protection Alliance president David Williams called for an
investigation into Buttigieg’s political donations and every contract
awarded by South Bend’s Department of Public Works.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg with his husband and newborn
“Now, as Secretary of Transportation, Buttigieg has access to billions,
possibly trillions, of taxpayer dollars in infrastructure spending,”
Williams said. “This should be alarming and warrant further investigation
into every donation made to Buttigieg and every contract given out by his
Scott Greytak, Director of Advocacy for Transparency International’s U.S.
branch, pointed out that Buttigieg’s acts would be illegal under federal
Greytak told the news outlet:
I’m stunned if it is true that South Bend Indiana doesn’t have laws on
the books that prohibit this. At the federal level, this would be
entirely illegal. A federal contractor cannot make a contribution to a
candidate, because of the obvious conflict of interest. The laws in South
Bend should be just as strong. You’re not going to find a smoking gun in
how access, influence and power works in American politics. So campaign
finance restrictions are supposed to serve as proxies for preventing
corruption. The idea that a company that has either a potential or a
pending contract, or recently was a government contractor, is able to so
expressly and openly give money to the people involved in those
decisions, is a fundamentally corrupt system. I’m stunned that the
elected leaders there would want to operate in a system that allows for
such potential perception of corruption.
South Bend officials told the Daily Mail that the former mayor “was not
involved in the awarding of engineering and construction contracts” and
that they were awarded “to the lowest, responsive, responsible bidder per
The U.S. Department of Transportation said it has “consistently made
transparency and accountability to the American people a top priority,”
when asked about Buttigieg’s mayoral campaign donations."