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December 6, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Answer: Just another ‘Bam scandal.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has officially called on the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general to investigate a suspicious $433 million no-bid contract for a dubious smallpox vaccine.

Frankly, just about everything connected with this one smells.

The contract was awarded to Siga Technologies, a New York-based company whose principal investor is megabillionaire — and key Democratic moneyman — Ron Perelman.

Its board includes another key Democratic figure: Andy Stern, former head of the powerful SEIU union — who, it’s been reported, was given stock options that would dramatically increase in value if Siga won the contract.

No wonder Stern likes the Chinese model so much. It’s just another form of crony fascism.

Siga has been hired to provide 1.7 million doses of its smallpox vaccine for the Strategic National Stockpile.

The vaccine is more expensive than the one currently in use and has never been tested on humans. But that’s fine with the Obama regime.

Then there’s the way Siga actually got the contract: It won a competitive bid, even though the winner was required to be a small business — unlike Siga.

When another bidder, a legitimate small business, complained, HHS reopened the process — but barred any company but Siga from bidding.

Eventually, the bid was canceled, and Siga was simply asked to submit a proposal, which was accepted.

Bada boom, bada bing, a Democrat donor and a Big Labor boss get a big payoff, and you, dear taxpayer, get screwed.

But wait — didn’t this president just, today, deliver a speech decrying how unfair today’s America is? Hm, I guess he was right.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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