By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
WB Construction & Sons Inc. is a 10-employee, minority-owned firm that received $7.5 million in five stimulus contracts from the federal government, but it did not do close to that much work.
Maine Democrats are struggling to find a strong contender to challenge for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Olympia J. Snowe, but both parties may find their picks overshadowed by the independent candidacy of popular former Gov. Angus King.
Richard Bennett of Fidelis acknowledged that at the time of the contracts, Pride's owner was a partner in Fidelis — meaning a non-veteran was repeatedly winning contracts reserved for veterans and routing them to his construction company.
"We were using Pride Enterprises' resources until the government said that was unacceptable, so I bought them out," Mr. Bennett said. "He hasn't been a partner for more than a year — for two years now."