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GOP Rep. Curt Weldon Running A Nepotistic Employment Agency From The House Armed Services Committee...

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Representative Curt Weldon (R., Penn.), a powerful member of the House Armed Services Committee, has been a good friend to the Italian firm Finmeccanica, and it appears that his good deeds on its behalf have been rewarded. Last year, Weldon was a key supporter of a long-shot bid by AgustaWestland, Finmeccanica's helicopter unit, to land a $1.6-billion contract to build the new presidential helicopter. With Weldon's help, an AgustaWestland partnership with LockheedMartin beat out a bid from United Technologies Corp., which had been favored. On November 29, 2005, AgustaWestland broke ground on an addition to its Philadelphia-area plant. The project, said Weldon, who was on hand that day, "provides a direct and sustained stimulus to the regional economy by way of increased investment and job creation."

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