Video: Did Biden get his brother a lucrative contract in Iraq?

posted at 2:01 pm on October 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Joe Biden’s younger brother James stands to earn millions of dollars in post-war construction in Iraq, thanks to his long experience in the construction industry.  No, wait, James Biden doesn’t have much experience in construction.  All right, he stands to make millions due to his long experience in investing in South Korean construction firms and doing business in Iraq.  No, wait, he doesn’t have any experience in either of those fields, either.  How, then, did James Biden work his way into a partnership with a South Korean firm to build 100,000 homes in Iraq, a project that will be financed by the Iraqi government?

It really helps, as the president of the partnership managing the project involved told investors, to have “the brother of the Vice President as a partner”:


David Richter, the president of Hill International (HIL), a mid-sized outfit that manages construction projects, was speaking last year at a private meeting with investors when he was asked about the recent success of his newest subsidiary, HillStone International.

How was it that HillStone, a newcomer in the business of home building, landed a massive and potentially lucrative contract to build 100,000 homes in war-torn Iraq?

Richter didn’t mince words. It really helps, he said, to have “the brother of the vice president as a partner,” according to a person who was present.

The “brother” Richter was referring to during the meeting is James Biden, the younger brother of Vice President Joe Biden.

Since November 2010, James Biden has been the executive vice president of Hill International’s housing subsidiary despite little if any documented work history in residential construction. And if the company’s projections are accurate, both Hill and Biden are on the verge of a huge payday, beneficiaries, some analysts believe, of James Biden’s connections to the Obama Administration through his older brother.  …

And if the deal does happen, a chunk of that $1.5 billion will flow to the biggest connection Hill has to government: James Biden. Hill International owns a 51% stake in HillStone; a group of minority partners, including Biden, hold the rest. That means that the minority partners would split roughly $735 million, pocketing millions of dollars even after expenses are paid.

“There’s plenty of money for everyone if this project goes through,” said Hill  International’s chief executive, Irv Richter, who founded the company 40 years ago.

I’m sure this was all just a coincidence, including the state dinner that Biden attended that just happened to include a delegation from South Korea.  After all, this is the administration of Hope and Change, where personal connections, cronyism, and corruption no longer exists.  Right?


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Wow, just WOW!

ABO(now I’ll add Biden to that)2012

ABO/B2012

herm2416 on October 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

nepotism chips with cronyism dips

Slade73 on October 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Just one more on a list of thousands of family members who have elected in dc, and I might add in states, who get goodies from the elected? And the taxpayers in the US and states fund these select family members? Just look at how foto’s has made billions from the US taxpayers? Not funny, not one bit funny!
L

letget on October 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM

“Nepotism is better than Nope-otism.” ~Ken Kesey

Christien on October 23, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Outstanding journalism.

John the Libertarian on October 23, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Honey, it’s gonna be alright. Joey make Jimmy divide the money into three parts.

Christien on October 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Did Biden get his brother a lucrative contract in Iraq?

I doubt he would get his brother a contract that lost money .

DeweyWins on October 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Someone must have had Romnesia or something…..

Get these clowns out of power!

search4truth on October 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Hey Ed, James Biden’s brother Joe’s wife was killed in an auto accident, so he deserves a lot more slack than anyone else on the planet.

portlandon on October 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Whoa! That’s just wrong.

dogsoldier on October 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Is his brother a Cheney?

And this

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

They don’t even TRY to hide it anymore. I’m insulted.

Jabberwock on October 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Imagine if it was a brother of Cheney’s during the Bush years. The press would have been all over it and we would have been rewarded with oh so many Special Commentaries from Olberdouche.

RW Wacko on October 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Check out the Boss Emeritus’ column about this….it gets worse.

ABO/B2012

herm2416 on October 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

The politics of Pull wins another round.

Its time to strike.

Sinner on October 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

You heard it here first folks and nowhere else.

docflash on October 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Joe could always play the Carney card.

“I know 3 James Bidens and only one is my brother.”

Bitter Clinger on October 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Aight, screw it – where’s mine? I’m tired of this a$$hats taking my money, I want a big f-ing chunk of Obama stash right the f@#$ now, please.

Midas on October 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Most Corrupt Administration Ever!

Ed, take the phrase out for a spin. You’ll like it.

PolAgnostic on October 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Really? There’s a question? Biden get’s his Brother a Crony Contract and somebody’s not sure if this Regime would be such Cronies? Really? These animals don’t even try to hide their criminal activity. Scary, cause that tells me that they know Romney will not prosecute any Illegal Behavior/Acts by this Criminal Organization, which is the Obama Regime! I know the Obama Jihadi media will provide cover for their Messiah, but this is bad news and shows a willingness to suborn criminality in his own party, as well!
Update on:How to take on the Obama Jihadi media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

So this is just the prequel to the entire plot of Arrested Development right?

Pretty soon, we’ll find out that both brothers have been sleeping with the Second Lady of the U.S. while Biden is in and out of jail.

Washington Fancy on October 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

does he work for The Bluth Company ?

Dr. Shatterhand on October 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Update on:How to take on the Obama Jihadi media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

paratisi on October 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Whew, pimping in record time today!

Midas on October 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Nepotism and cronyism are key elements of the progressive modis operandi.

These are the people who believe that ‘fair’ means routinely discriminating against people who achieve by diligence, determination, and merit, to favor people, less qualified, based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

Is it really any surprise that who one knows, and to whom one is related, would also be regarded as reasons for placement and advancement in progressive circles?

thatsafactjack on October 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Lots of fist pumping going on but I dont see Romney leading in any of the last 4 or 5 swing states he needs to win. MI, NV, OH, NH, MI are all Obama right now.

rickyricardo on October 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I love saying ” I told you so ” on this one !
These people are crooks and this is not the
first foray into the underworld by the brothers .

Lucano on October 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Gimme that ol’ time corruption.

2 weeks from today. Thank you, Lord.

kingsjester on October 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

After all, this is the administration of Hope and Change, where personal connections, cronyism, and corruption no longer exists. Right?

These people are not even trying to hide their corruption anymore. Time for a change!

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Someone must have had Romnesia or something…..

Get these clowns out of power!

search4truth on October 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Oh, we will….

jimver on October 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Lots of fist pumping going on but I dont see Romney leading in any of the last 4 or 5 swing states he needs to win. MI, NV, OH, NH, MI are all Obama right now.

rickyricardo on October 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Don’t forget MI. He only needs one of those 4. OH. I all comes down to OH, which explains the excitement. We are oh so close.

RW Wacko on October 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

The most transparent administration, EVAH!

Sasha List on October 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Lots of fist pumping going on but I dont see Romney leading in any of the last 4 or 5 swing states he needs to win. MI, NV, OH, NH, MI are all Obama right now.

rickyricardo on October 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

What polls are you quoting (name and dates)?

rplat on October 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

MI, NV, OH, NH, MI are all Obama right now.

rickyricardo on October 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I know that there are two parts of MI but it really doesn’t count as two swing states. And beyond that you are wrong about the lay of the land. You can smell the sweat from the filthy commies who support the rat-eared wonder. MI, OH, NH, NV are not clearly Obama.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

And I’m sure that some of that money will flow from his brother to Joe some time in the future.

Joe Biden — War Profiteer

29Victor on October 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

This is huge, but matters not. It will never see the light of day in the msm.

Norky on October 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

. MI, NV, OH, NH, MI are all Obama right now.

rickyricardo on October 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

NH is only going O right now if you believe UNH’s +9 for Obama. ARG and PPP have Romney ahead by +2 and +1. Ras has it +1 Obama and Suffolk has it a tie.

So the real pollsters have it with a slight Romney lean.

strictnein on October 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

If you tied one of them up and had a miracle truth drug, you would find that many of these things are justified in their minds by their conviction about the fraud and abuse of the Bush years.

All the Dems think that this is how the Republicans did things.

And they have an entire information highway system feeding them accusations and lies galore.

IlikedAUH2O on October 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

“There’s plenty of money for everyone if this project goes through,” said Hill International’s chief executive, Irv Richter, who founded the company 40 years ago.

I too have no construction, business, or international business experience. I could use a couple hundred thousand.

Thanks.

Oh, wait…when you said everyone, you didn’t actually mean EVERYONE now did you?

Lily on October 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

You heard it here first folks and nowhere else.

docflash on October 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Actually — I personally read about it yesterday morning at the HumanEvents.com website — soon after Fox Business News broke the storyyesterday.

So — like — Welcome to Yesterday.

Or something.

FlatFoot on October 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Honey, it’s gonna be alright. Joey make Jimmy divide the money into three parts.

Christien on October 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Nice!
I caught that.

freedomfirst on October 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

While it’s just a drop in the bucket – this should be one of the first things, among many, that President Romney cancels. But he needs call to attention the sort of cronyism that existed under Obama – then scrub it all from the budget.

Hill60 on October 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Cannot possibly be true…MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NYT, LA Times, and the other “real” media haven’t said a word about it.

Personally…who is actually surprised or amazed by any of this?

Most transparent administration, evah…right?

Transparently criminal across the board.

coldwarrior on October 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Hey libfree, would this be categorized as foreign policy or domestic policy? I mean hey, you said you were choosing Barky over Romney on domestic policy, right?

Bishop on October 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Most CROOKED Administration, evah!

GarandFan on October 23, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Richter didn’t mince words. It really helps, he said, to have “the brother of the vice president as a partner,” according to a person who was present.

But…. but…. BUSH/CHENEY!!! HALLIBURTON!!11!!!1111!!!

But seriously…. I wonder if this was the “big announcement” that Trump was going to make this week. Is Ed Morrissey stealing Trump’s thunder here?

UltimateBob on October 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

SO that is why Biden blew off the SOFA!!!!

He did not want any military/government types snooping around in his brothers business!!

I am sure Joe will get a huge Christmas gift from his brother……..
I am sure Obama is on his gift list as well….

Let’s see who funds Obama’s Hawaiian retirement house.
(We know it can’t be Tony Rezko)

redguy on October 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

No, no.

Lunch bucket was simply helping his brother spell a three letter word.

Only Blackwater squirrels and Halliburton shiney objects are worthy of righteous indignation.

locomotivebreath1901 on October 23, 2012 at 2:53 PM

So? They are Democrats after all.

You didn’t expect featherbedding in the mattress factory?

gekkobear on October 23, 2012 at 2:53 PM

While it’s just a drop in the bucket – this should be one of the first things, among many, that President Romney cancels. But he needs call to attention the sort of cronyism that existed under Obama – then scrub it all from the budget.

Hill60 on October 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

What is this “budget” you speak of?

Bitter Clinger on October 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

It’s a good thing Joe voted against both wars.

/wait, what?

Ward Cleaver on October 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Curly? or Moe?

faraway on October 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

What is this “budget” you speak of?

Bitter Clinger on October 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

It’s pre-2009 stuff.

Ward Cleaver on October 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Corrupt liberal scum

ultracon on October 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Now THAT’S a Big F*#&ing Deal!

Christien on October 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Now THAT’S a Big F***ing Deal!

Christien on October 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Jim doesn’t sound as dumb as Joe.

StevC on October 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I don’t know why an American company would be allowed to go over to Iraq and build homes in the first place. Don’t they hate us over there? Wouldn’t the Iraqis want those jobs to go to their own workers? Or did we just bully our way into getting the contract and then make sure someone got rich off it. Yea, that would be my first guess.

scalleywag on October 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Lets do some homework to see if this was a legal award. Lets see if it was bid by many contractors, and not “given” without regard to competitive bidding. Smells of corruption.

Amazingoly on October 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

NH is only going O right now if you believe UNH’s +9 for Obama. ARG and PPP have Romney ahead by +2 and +1. Ras has it +1 Obama and Suffolk has it a tie.

So the real pollsters have it with a slight Romney lean.

strictnein on October 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

NH is no way going for Obama. Neither is Maine. We booted out the socialists in 2010 and they aren’t coming back. The state flipped BACK to the red. Also we have the socialists reminding us every day why we booted them from office. They are sooooo out of touch with their ads from 2008. The world has moved on…

dogsoldier on October 23, 2012 at 3:26 PM

13 days to go… Then frog march the criminals over the next year or so.

kevinkristy on October 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Thank You Dr Pepper!

Buttercup on October 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

NH is only going O right now if you believe UNH’s +9 for Obama. ARG and PPP have Romney ahead by +2 and +1. Ras has it +1 Obama and Suffolk has it a tie.

So the real pollsters have it with a slight Romney lean.

strictnein on October 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I live in NH. It is a R+5 state. The UNH poll is a D+7 (a 12 point over sample of Dems). Romney will win NH by 3 points.

kevinkristy on October 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Joe Biden’s brother is Fester Addams?

DANEgerus on October 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

absolute hypocrite

stukinIL4now on October 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

What is this “budget” you speak of?

Bitter Clinger on October 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

It went the way of the horse and the bayonet.

Lily on October 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Yes. But how much is going to be donated to charity?

IlikedAUH2O on October 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Jimmy Biden is a close copy of Billy Carter – except he doesn’t have a beer named after him.

You think this is the first time the Biden connection has been used to razzle-dazzle some poor bas*ard?

Remember, Biden has been a Senator for years and all the graft and corruption has been rubbing off on Jimmy for about the same time.

dockywocky on October 23, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Crooks.

I hope that GOPers who turn out to be crooks get reported here as well, or will HA just let that default to the LSM?

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

What is this “budget” you speak of?

Bitter Clinger on October 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Ahhh good point – I meant to say that Romney should cancel the contract – to imply that this was contained in a budget would be inaccurate – as the dems haven’t passed one in over three years. What was I thinking?

Hill60 on October 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM

BUT BUT BUT DICK CHENEY AND HALLIBURTON!

sadsushi on October 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM