Yesterday at TPM we noted the fact that in April 2004 Mitchell Wade — the guy who paid off Duke Cunningham for help bagging contracts — registered as the ‘registered agent’ for an outfit called the “Iranian Democratization Foundation.”
That was on April 5th, 2004.
Now, during 2004, the Federal Procurement Data System lists 444 procurement contracts for the Executive Office of the President (that’s the official name for what we colloquially refer to as ‘the White House’). Most of those contracts are what you’d expect for a large office complex — computer services, shipping, office supplies, etc.
But three stand out: three contracts, for a total of $254,437, for unspecified “intelligence services.”
Those three contracts were awarded to Mitchell Wade’s MZM, Inc.The first contract was signed only about eight weeks after Wade set up the Iranian Democratization Foundation (IDF). The first was on June 16th, the second on July 23rd and the third on September 30th.
We’re not the first ones to report these contracts for “intelligence services.” On June 28th, 2005, just as the Duke Cunningham scandal was getting underway, the Washington Post wrote …
Government procurement records show that MZM, which Wade started in 1993, did not report any revenue from prime contract awards until 2003. Most of its revenue has come from the agreement the Pentagon just cut off. But over the past three years it was also awarded several contracts, worth more than $600,000, by the Executive Office of the President. They include a $140,000 deal for office furniture in 2002 and several for unspecified “intelligence services.” (italics added)
But given all that’s transpired, this odd fact seems worthy of more scrutiny, especially since Wade was setting up shop in the Iran regime-change game right around then.
Jut how many contracts does the White House give out for “intelligence services”?
And were these three tied to Wade’s just-discovered work on the Iran regime-change front?