Remember this quote:

“I can promise you that this is just the beginning of a new way of doing business here in Washington, because the American people have every right to expect and to demand a government that is more efficient, more accountable, and more responsible in keeping the public’s trust,”

That was Obama in early 2009 when discussing openness in the way the Federal Government does it’s business, and particularly, the no-bid contracts that have become a main-stay in Washington’s corruption. Apparently, a big Democratic Party donor landed a $25 mil contract to train the Afghanis in the “rule of law” by way of a no-bid contract.

As reported by Fox News,

Despite President Obama’s long history of criticizing the Bush administration for “sweetheart deals” with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids…

The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington-based firm owned by economist and Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, will pay the firm $24,673,427 to provide “rule of law stabilization services” in war-torn Afghanistan.

This contract’s purpose is to train the legal profession in Afghanistan in order to develop a sound legal framework for the country. These no-bid contract were to become the exception in emergencies. I just don’t see the emergency. When Fox News asked a USAID spokesperson about this contract, they got a typical Obama Administration smart-ass remark

Asked about the contract, USAID Acting Press Director Harry Edwards at first suggested his office would be too “busy” to comment on it. “I’ll tell it to the people in Haiti,” Edwards snapped…

Rep. Darrell Issa (R) has found this no-bid contract distrurbing and has asked for all related contract documents. Issa notes, in a letter to USAID Administrator

“the consulting contract awarded to Checchi to support the Afghan justice system does not appear to be so urgent or attendant to an immediate need so as to justify such a waiver.”

And if to make this a bigger joke, when Fox tried to obtain interviews and comments from Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc. competitors about the no-bid situation, they were all afraid of repercussions from the Obama administration, so interviews and comments were declined.