Boysie Bollinger and Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) million dollar relationship is ever-growing, especially during this election cycle.
Today, Bollinger Shipyards was awarded $255 million contract to build six more Fast Response Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard, thanks to Landrieu, who in return gets Bollinger to star in her political ads. Bollinger’s contact’s total value is now set at approximately $1.3 billion and Boysie now has 30 boats under contact.
Just in time to “bring home the bacon,” Landrieu helped lock down the contracts for Bollinger via $8.7 billion in discretionary funding allocated to the Coast Guard in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s budget for fiscal year 2014. Landrieu is the Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.
Bollinger and Landrieu’s relationship goes way back.
As the Hayride previously reported, Landrieu has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into Bollinger’s shipyards in order to help build Coast Guard cutters. And, despite being sued by the Obama administration and Department of Justice (DOJ) for recoupment of money for eight vessels the company worked on but later proved unseaworthy by the Coast Guard, Landrieu continued to help funnel millions to Bollinger.
Landrieu’s likely-challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) first attacked the Boysie-Mary relationship when Bollinger stared in this cheesy political ad for Landrieu.
Cassidy, at the time, said “I believe this is exactly what’s wrong with Washington. We need fairness and a level playing field for all; not a Washington insider’s system, like Senator Landrieu’s, where only those in government or those with enough money are the winners.”
If there is any lesson to be learned here, it is that Boysie really loves bacon, especially when Mary is feeding him.