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Jeb's old partners under scrutiny again



MWI, the south Florida firm with whose subsidiary Jeb Bush once had a controversial business relationship, is earning some more unwelcome publicity. From the AP:

"The Army Corps of Engineers, rushing to meet President Bush's 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. ... 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."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:35pm]


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