The World According to Bechtel

There are well-connected companies. Then there's Bechtel.

Ross J. Connelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer of OPIC, previously was CEO of Bechtel Energy Resources Corp., a Bechtel subsidiary, and managing principal of Bechtel Investments Inc. and its successor entity, Fremont Group LLC.**

Colin Powell, secretary of state, shares a lodge at Bohemian Grove with Riley Bechtel and Stephen Bechtel Jr.

George Shultz, secretary of state from 1982 to 1989, sits on the board and was president of Bechtel.

Charles Redman, ambassador to Sweden and Germany (1989-1992), former special envoy to Yugoslavia and Haiti, is president of Bechtel's divisions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

Michael Armacost, undersecretary of state for political affairs (1984-1989), ambassador to Japan (1989-1993), and ambassador to the Philippines (1982-1984), shares a lodge at Bohemian Grove with Riley Bechtel and Stephen Bechtel Jr.

Henry Kissinger, secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, shares a lodge at Bohemian Grove with Riley Bechtel and Stephen Bechtel Jr.

Receiving more than $1 billion during the last fiscal year, Bechtel is the military's 17th largest contractor.

Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of defense, shares a lodge at Bohemian Grove with Alan Dachs, head of Fremont Group, Bechtel's financial arm.

Caspar Weinberger, former secretary of defense (1981-1987), was vice president and general counsel at Bechtel from 1975 to 1981.

Defense Policy Board

Provides the secretary of defense, deputy secretary, and undersecretary for policy with advice, analysis, and opinions concerning major matters of defense policy.

Jack Sheehan, a member of the board, is a senior vice president at Bechtel, a retired Marine general, and a former NATO supreme allied commander.

Henry Kissinger, a member of the board and former secretary of state, shares a lodge at Bohemian Grove with Riley Bechtel and Stephen Bechtel Jr.

Richard Allen, a member of the board, also is a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Martin Anderson, a member of the board, also is a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Gary S. Becker, a member of the board, also is a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Newt Gingrich, a member of the board and former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, also is a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Henry Rowen, a member of the board, also is a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Kiron Skinner, a member of the board, also is a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Pete Wilson, a member of the board and former governor of California, also is a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

The primary advisory group to the White House on international trade. Members are appointed by the president.

Riley Bechtel, a member of the council, is chairman and CEO of Bechtel Group.

John McCone -- former director of the CIA (1961-1965); partner in the firm of Bechtel-McCone, a precursor to the Bechtel Group.

Richard Helms -- former director of the CIA (1966-1973); former consultant to Bechtel on business in Iran; former ambassador to Iran.

George H.W. Bush, former director of the CIA (1976-1977), shares a lodge at Bohemian Grove with Alan Dachs.

National Politics

From 1999 to 2002:

Bechtel gave $1.3 million in individual, PAC, and soft money contributions; 59 percent went to Republicans, 41 percent to Democrats.

Stephen Bechtel Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, contributed $50,500, all to Republicans.

Riley Bechtel and his wife, Susan, contributed $13,405, all to Republicans.

President George W. Bush received $6,250 from Bechtel sources.

From 1994 to 2000:

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi received $22,000 from Bechtel sources.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer received $26,000 from Bechtel sources.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein received $16,000 from Bechtel sources.

(Sources: Center for Responsive Politics, Federal Election Commission)

California Politics

Between 1993 and 2002:

Bechtel gave $685,207 in individual, PAC, and soft money contributions to state candidates and ballot initiatives.

BART-related issues and candidates received $65,000 from Bechtel, the original builder of and subsequent major contractor for the transit system.

Gray Davis, Democratic governor of California, received $32,500 in direct contributions.

Pete Wilson, Republican former governor of California, received $50,000 in direct contributions.

(Source: California Secretary of State)

San Francisco Politics

Between 1999 and 2002:

Bechtel gave $95,004 in individual, PAC, and soft money contributions to citywide candidates and ballot initiatives.

Hetch Hetchy-related repair initiatives received $20,500 in 2002. Bechtel was a contractor on the Hetch Hetchy project.

Willie Brown, mayor of San Francisco, received $1,250 in direct contributions.

(Sources: S.F. Ethics Commission, California Secretary of State)

Bechtel has done business with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than 50 years. Some of its projects and relationships:

Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY), an arm of the Saudi government, manages the industrial port cities of Jubail and Yanbu, home to the world's largest concentration of downstream oil and gas development. Bechtel managed construction of the $20 billion project creating the cities and remains a partner.

H.H. Prince Turki A Abdulrahman, member of the Saudi royal family and owner of Dar Al-Riyadh Consultants, is a Bechtel partner in a planned $1 billion expansion of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

Saudi bin Laden Group, a major Saudi construction company owned by the family of Osama bin Laden, has worked on construction projects with Bechtel. The bin Laden family has some $10 million invested in the Fremont Group, the Bechtel-related financial firm.

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