As the Magnum turns…..Slabbed finds Louisiana AG Buddy Caldwell!

This is a great story folks, one where our real time blogging on Costner will wear well with the passage of time. The narrative includes media manipulation, influence peddling and a boat load of sleazy characters including the plaintiffs.  By rights Houghtaling should also be named as the 32 page complaint makes clear and the fact that he isn’t is telling.  Following are a couple of excerpts from Star Struck as we welcome Magnum’s friends to Slabbed:

Stephen Baldwin, an actor, and Contogouris have been friends for many years. On April 29 or April 30, 2010, Baldwin advised Contogouris that he would be coming to New Orleans to meet with a local attorney, John Houghtaling, who was discussing making a motion picture in which Baldwin would be the star. Baldwin asked Contogouris to attend a luncheon with Houghtaling to discuss the movie project. During that meeting, Contogouris expressed the view that the proposed movie would likely be unprofitable, and those interested in making a film should make a documentary film based on the BP oil spill. Houghtaling immediately expressed interest in this idea.

In the days that followed, Contogouris met with Houghtaling and mentioned to him his efforts to market the CINC technology to BP. Houghtaling indicated he could be of assistance in gaining access to BP and asked to be made a partner in the venture. He also indicated that he knew another individual, Frank Levy, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, who could lend assistance in the venture due to his knowledge of and experience in the offshore oil industry. Levy was also an investor/backer in the proposed movie project. During this same time, Contogouris was successful in making contact with Costner, who indicated he had an interest in participating in the venture.

By now I think all the questions about our interest in Magnum have been answered as we continue:

BP agreed to meet with representatives of OTS on June 8, 2010. Contogouris and Baldwin were purposefully excluded from the BP meeting of this date by Costner, Smith and Houghtaling. Costner, Smith and Houghtaling met with Doug Suttles of BP on June 8, 2010 at Houghtaling’s residence on Common Street in New Orleans. Upon information and belief, Louisiana Attorney General James David (“Buddy”) Caldwell, Sr. arranged for and attended the meeting at the request of Houghtaling. During that meeting, Suttles committed BP to order units of the separator from OTS, and agreed to make an $18 million deposit against the total purchase price upon issuance of the purchase order. Contogouris and Baldwin had no knowledge of the $18 million deposit at the time.

The word for today, Christmas Eve 2010, is Shakedown.

sop

123 thoughts on “As the Magnum turns…..Slabbed finds Louisiana AG Buddy Caldwell!”

  1. And we have to ask the simple question where is the US Attorney in all of this – it gets to the point that you have to wonder how much Letten and Company are being paid to look the other way.

    And as far as the Attorneys – do the words predicate act mean anything or is it just more incompetent New Orleans Crooks?

    RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS

    TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 63 >

  2. And as far as the Lawfirm that filed this suit they themselves deserve to be disbarred for not raising a claim under Civil Rico.

    How any Attorney could be so incompetent as to not plead all potential damages is in itself Legal Malpractice.

    What is clear is Civil R.I.C.O. Claims automatically triple the damages and the lawyeres who filed this failed to even put this in the claim.

    TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 96 >

  3. What possible interest could the AG have in attending such a meeting? Was he “earning” his taxpayer salary during this meeting? Tickle your ass with a feather indeed! (See video clip in comments to Buddy Caldwell Amber Alert).

  4. Interesting. Word from BP ops in the field at the time was that the machines failed all tests and they couldn’t understand why BP higher ups were making the deal. After seeing the list of characters involved, it looks like what we all suspected was going on was correct.

  5. Holy media feeding frenzy—

    Yahoo has the Kevin Costner lawsuit as number two in their trending now section.

    TRENDING NOW
    1.Demi Lovato
    2.Kevin Costner
    3.Dallas Cowboys
    4.True Grit
    5.Gulliver’s Trave

  6. Anon, I often wondered if the oil machines really worked. I heard they did not, but no hard facts to support one way or the other or it was just

  7. The $52 million paid by BP to Costner for his “oily water separators” is “chump change” compared to what has been spent by BP and others since April 20, 2010. Costner’s “technology” was antiquated and out-of-date. Reportedly, a Fort Lauderdale company, “Enviro Voraxial Technologies” (EVTN) is on the “cutting edge” of oily water separators, which have been studied by the U.S. Navy for over 20 years. It also is reported that the EVTN “Vorarial Separator Technology” has a 5,000 gallons per minute capacity versus Costner’s (and his brother’s) 200 gallons per minute. None of us know yet how all of the costs and bills will play out. Perhaps BP simply took the position: “Hey, we’re going to be held accountable at the end of the day, anyway, so let’s give Kevin Costner $52 million, for which we’ll take a credit down the road.” It’s not clear to me that the entire $52 million (@ $500,000 per machine) was ever paid. But I also haven’t seen any figures documenting the amount of oil recovered by the Costner machines. Ashton O’Dwyer.

  8. Just how far will Magnum J.D.’s political contacts be running from this? My guess is that the Nunngessers, Caldwell’s and CDC Judges have already quit accepting this punks phone calls. If the big house on St. Charles wasn’t lonely before, I’m hearing crickets for 2011. And by Crickets, I don’t mean the strippers, whores, crooked politicians, judges and wanna-be celebrities… I mean crickets, like the ones we hear chirping when all else is quiet. Whomever it was that vouched for Magnum to take the helm of the Gauthier firm should prepare a formal apology to that family, but don’t count on this ship being righted, as this will more than likely be how the Gauthier firm story ends.

  9. William Tell I do believe your assessment of Mr. Haughtything’s present predicament is telling. Mr. Haughtything may want to consider these words of a future forlorned…”Inter caecos regnat strabo…” (Erasmus)

  10. RICO, been there did that. How about a reversed class action where millions and millions of folks sue attorneys one group at a time? Then you have to wonder who’s ass would be shot if a civil war broke out.Those protected by the LAW always commit the most crimes. No un-lawfull protection for the hitler groups running the courts or corporations, bam!! some may seek revenge. Just saying.

  11. Ashton, I guess it isn’t the money paid or if the device works, but the process used to make BP purchase the machine’s and the people involved. Why would the AG be a necessary party to a business venture such as this?

  12. bayoudegradable- That is the big issue – what does it cost to sell the seat of Attorney General of the State of Louisiana.

    One does have to wonder what is going on and raises more suspicions why Steve Theriot was hired by Caldwell.

    The only chance to find out what is going on is if the California or Arizona US Attorney starts looking around and actually does the job Letten is supposed to be doing.

    Looks like a case of California egos and greed exposing more Louisiana Government corruption and crooked Lawyers and Business deals in Louisiana.

    Funny that this is exactly what Letten’s claim to fame was with Edwin Edwards.

    So what do you all think – is Kevin Costner as smart as Eddie DeBartolo and will he get his Attorney to cut a deal and burn Caldwell and the rest of the people involved?

  13. Fifth:

    Additionally, I thought the AG was going to prosecute BP for killing the wildlife, ect. Is he now a partner in the oil machine deal or was he brought into the meeting as leverage to seal the deal?

    Who got Buddy to the table and how did he better himself or his office?

    Is he now

  14. This is pure speculation, BUT: As I have said, “All BP gives a rat’s ass about” is getting “credit” for amounts they have spent on “whatever” at the end of the day from “Uncle Sugar”. The Costner technology was antiquated and obsolete, so giving Costner money for machines that didn’t “work”, and wouldn’t recover any oil, was an “iffy” proposition. But BP wanted the deal to fly, because Costner, a movie star known to the public, had recently testified before Congress, and had the attention of the “Lame-Stream” Media, being touted as an environmentalist who had spent $24 million (along with his brother) developing this technology over the past 10 years (or so we were told). So BP wanted to seal a deal with Costner, who would bring BP some much-needed “good” publicity. The Feds’ “bean-counters” at BP’s Accounting Facility (no Media were ever allowed inside) may have been giving BP a rough time, and saying, “We’re not going to ‘approve’ this expenditure, because we have serious doubts about what it will do.” So enter “Buddy” Caldwell, and probably some other “hacks”, on behalf of the State (all of whom were anxious for “rock-star” status and to hob-nob with the likes of Kevin Costner), who put the “muscle” on the Feds’ beancounters, and got them to agree to approve the $52 million that BP is reported to have paid Costner, which assured BP of getting “credit” from the Feds at the end of the day. That’s my read on the situation. Does anyone know just how much oil was recovered by Costner’s oily water separators? Where is the equipment now, and who owns it? Ashton O’Dwyer.

  15. Ashton, you are very close in your speculative comment regarding the LA AG. The whole deal seems as though it was a ploy for some good P.R. delivered by our very own Magnum J.D. Whether, the CINC machines worked or not, they used star power and Magnum’s political connections to strong arm BP into scratching a check. I mean Magnum and Costner were before Congress for Christ sake! Coster then went straight to Larry King. How the hell does BP not cut a deal. They were being called out everytime the flipped on the tube. Now, make no mistake, I don’t give a shit about BP and they’re reckless pursuit of oil and money(lest we forget 11 men lost their lives), but this whole deal with Magnum
    in the middle stinks.

  16. As a person involved with BP and the various gov’t entities from the beginning of the spill, I can tell you that Ashton’s read is absolutely correct. Also, it was my understanding that the machines were never even put to work, if they were even delivered. I believe only 5 were actually mounted in a barge and only a few barrels of oil were recovered during demonstrations.

  17. bayoudegradable – That’s why I questioned the hiring of Theriot- JD Magnum is knee deep in Rivr Birch with his friends and Jefferson Parish Cronies- The State of Louisiana AG has left the entire Jefferson Parish group alone for some unexplained reason.

    Next the suit specifically discusses the agreements and payments being made in Los Angeles. And if Federal Claims were made -it looks like Buddy Caldwell is also a participant in the fraud scheme.

    Got to wonder what the Los Angeles US Attorney is thinking in this whole thing and where his little group of FBI agents are now looking.

    BP pays 52 million in Cash to someone for something it was never going to use and nobody has said where the 52 million went after getting paid to Costner.

    The suit talks about mail and wire fraud dozens of times yet makes no Federal Claims and was written to file in State Court instead of Federal Court.

    From the suit

    These misrepresentations were made by defendants through the use of
    instrumentalities of interstate commerce, such as interstate telephone lines, Literally dozens ofemails and facsimiles were exchanged between plaintiffs and defendants
    between June 10 and June 18, 2010 discussing the terms of the arrangement.
    Funds were wired between states using instrumentalities of interstate commerce
    as part of the scheme to defraud plaintiffs.
    LIII.

  18. Fifth

    You are over my head with the River Birch connection but I know where to go for a face to face update on that issue.

    My problem is what law is broken if you knowingly let yourself get screwed? That is you agree to be screwed? So it is a gift or is it more properly referred to as a bribe so that the States Prosecutor does not prosecute you for environmental damages?

    Certainly the partners that were left at alter did not know of this scheme, if any, or they would have to be crazy to file the lawsuit. So where does this play of thoughts leave them?

    No shit, perhaps a real US Attorney in L A California may take this one to task! If so I bet it won’t take 5-10 years to make a “wrap”.

  19. Ashton, you are very close in your speculative comment regarding the LA AG. The whole deal seems as though it was a ploy for some good P.R. delivered by our very own Magnum J.D. Whether, the CINC machines worked or not, they used star power and Magnum’s political connections to strong arm BP into scratching a check. I mean Magnum and Costner were before Congress for Christ sake! Costner then went straight to Larry King. How the hell does BP not cut a deal. Its also allegeged in the recent petition filed by Stephen Baldwin that Caldwell and Doug Suttles were meeting after hours with Magnum, as Im sure this whore of whores was working both sides. They were being called out everytime they flipped on the tube. Now, make no mistake, I don’t give a shit about BP and they’re reckless pursuit of oil and money(lest we forget 11 men lost their lives), but this whole deal with Magnum in the middle stinks. Lastly, as an attorney and officer in some of these corporations, how does he ethically maintain a fiduciary duty to so many? For those of you slow to realize, that was sarcasm you are smelling, not one of Magnum’s latest deals.

  20. bayoudegradable – Thats the whole interesting part of this whole thing – it looks a lot more like money laundering and bribe laundering to Magnum and Company who take care of Caldwell and the other politicians.

    But then that’s the whole thing about R.I.C.O. that the Feds love and it works the same on Civil you do not have to know what the other guy is doing to further the enterprise.

    Now what is really interesting is the whole QUI TAM aspect – Did BP use Magnum and the rest to Bribe Public officials in the State of Louisiana in order not to criminally prosecute them?

    And were Baldwin and company recruited in order to cover the PR screen?

    Now the other question is – exactly how much money could all of these people put up in this short period of time in order to earn 52 million dollars on a product that was supposedly already built.

    What it looks like is we have a group of people who all had political connections and
    sat down with the Attorney General of the State of Louisiana and were trying to extort some money for good PR.

    Then somebody at BPS side figured out that with Caldwell in the meeting it would screw the Louisiana Taxpayers for any settlement or payments based on self dealing and extortion.

    So the real thing that has to happen here is to follow the money in and out of these entities.

  21. IMHO they tried to use Nungesser first to get the deal done but he couldn’t deliver so the AG was called in. Remember this meeting was directly with Suttles. None of the other thousands of businesses trying to sell spill solutions got that audience, even the ones that actually worked.

  22. Fifthcircuitjoke-
    I really don’t think AG Caldwell knows what hit him, as it is ridiculous to think that Magnum has that much power. I think with the Magnum show it is all about glad handing and empty promises, while he sneaks out the back with whatever loot he can personally carry. Caldwell may merely be guilty of association at this point, and his presence is used only as leverage. BP (Doug Suttles) probably thought that Magnum was the key to keeping them out of criminal court with the State of Louisiana and U.S. Thus, again, the strong arm situation of getting these machines bought and on the nightly news. Stephen Baldwin and his partner appear to have been defrauded by Magnum as he is telling them one thing, in order to accumulate shares, while securing his cut with (OTS) Costner and Smith. I would imagine that Costner’s years of dealing with Hollywood scum had the hairs on his neck raised while around Magnum, as I’m sure his guard was up. I’m pretty sure they (OTS) got rid of him as quick as possible. I just want to know who took his OTS shares or bought him out. That could be yet another slick sale on Magnum’s part, if it wasn’t Costner and Smith. And, fifthcircuitjoke, you are correct, the money trail will ultimately reveal all. Last time I checked, Magnum bought a $6 million dollar crib (I wouldn’t have paid more than $5 m =)) as all this was going down.

  23. William Tell – I can only go by the allegations in the Lawsuit about Caldwell- where it specifically makes that claim that they met at Houghtaling’s house.

    I can’t believe that Caldwell is an innocent dupe – as it seems very easy that this same meeting could have occurred at the Attorney Generals Office.

    Until someone explains other wise as to why Caldwell was in this meeting I will not believe that he is not part of it.

    I have never seen an Attorney General who would walk into a meeting without checking into the companies going to be present in the meeting.

    And the ownership was clearly show at the Louisiana Secretary of State Baldwin and company. If Caldwell set up the meeting we can either either assume he was part of the
    plan – or one of the worst Attorneys in the Country for failing to know his clients.

    So the Choice is Caldwell incompetent Attorney General or Caldwell Crooked Attorney General. Either way you can dam well bet that BP new exactly who the partners were in this company before they walked into the meeting!

    Costner, Smith and Houghtaling met with Doug Suttles of BP on June 8, 2010 at Houghtaling

  24. It looks like Caldwell was involved in anything that made the Right People and Politicians money regardless of its ability to work!

    By Andrea Fontenot
    Source: Associated Press
    Updated: May 24, 2010 8:14 AM

    Louisiana’s top lawyer is urging the federal government to approve construction of sand barriers to protect wetlands from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

    Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is threatening to sue over what he calls “petty jurisdictional concerns” of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    The state has been informed that the agency is “inclined to deny a routine request for a dredge and fill permit.”

    Caldwell says the state has the right to do the work as an emergency response to the oil threat, and if the Corps denies the permit, he will advise the governor to continue work – and take the case to court.

  25. Fifthcircuitjoke-If the facts are as you have written, I agree that Caldwell’s presence is suspicious. I guess I am more reluctant to give Magnum the credit, you and others allege, for assembling such a meeting. And, one would assume that this AG or any other, would have prior knowledge of the parties meeting. I am just not so quick to assume Caldwell was on the take. But, since Magnum conflicted his firm out of pursuing BP (with his personal dealings) as plaintiff representation, that there is something else there to explore. Was he keeping his side deals with OTS and lining his pockets while knowing that his firm would be unable to represent plaintiffs? Maybe, he was also positioning himself to work with BP in another capacity (defense)? I mean, he’s already conflicted out and by his actions, doesn’t give a shit about carrying on the Gauthier legacy. I realize the Gauthier name associated with defending a reckless giant like BP is hard to imagine. But, this makes the relationship with Caldwell just as important, if the AG was preparing to sue BP, correct? All the while, Magnum is solidifying his position all around for OTS negotiations, with the AG, and with BP. Subsequently, we have the associate lawyers exodus out of Gauthier, Houghtaling and Williams… Why else would so many (plaintiff) attorneys just collectively pack up and move out, other than the potential missed opportunity to sue a well heeled company like BP. Magnum’s business practices appear to be as reckless and selfish as BP. Please forgive my thinking aloud. Maybe, the slabbed moderator will dedicate Led Zep “Ramble on” to me tomorrow.

  26. The other lawyers’ exodus from Magnum’s firm had plenty to do with their inability to take BP claims. That stupid billboard in Slidell was his undoing relative to that bit of double-dealing. Then, his leave of absence from the firm . . . yeah right.

    Sop, if you can pull up that original video I sent you with Magnum, Costner and all of the political hacks with the oil-water separator demo down in Plaquemines; now would be a good time to post it.

  27. Damn efficient job, Tele. This video kind of says it all. With the exception of Caldwell in the mix, Sop and I knew what was going down as soon as we saw the video, way back when.

  28. Houghtaling had an “AG contract” in the Road Home litigation. It’s not beyond the realm of possibilities he was “representing” the AG/state again.

    He and his firm were big ($20,000) supporters of Caldwell in 2007.

  29. Guys, that could be AG Caldwell in the video. I also saw Magnum’s best (only) friend, Franco Valobra standing around during the demo (blue shirt, black pants, white coat). He is usually not to far away from Houghtaling when a shady deal is going down, and is most likely the only one taking Magnum’s calls right now. I have a feeling this is going to be like the tragic, bloody, interstate car accident that you know shouldn’t look at, but just can’t help yourself. Thanks for the video post… Haven’t seen it in a while. Something just dawned on me, as we are wading through this who’s who of Magnum J.D. business dealings… Where the hell is partner- Hon. James Williams in all of this? And, did he benefit (as GHW partner) financially in any of this? If there is blood money flowin’, did he receive his cut? Surely, if the firm conflicted out of potentially thousands of cases, he was paid. I won’t believe that he knew nothing about Magnum’s deals. Again, Im sure the money trail will tell all.

  30. So Magnum and the boys sit down and decide to make a little movie starring Baldwin. Magnum promises them that they can’t lose.

    Spyro, a thug for short selling hedge fund managers, comes in and tells them to make a documentary about the spill. But he was setting them up to help him sell Costner’s contraptions from the start.

    Magnum and the boys bite and they all throw up a total of 5 million to start a media blitz to get BP to buy the things.

    Spyro puts up 1.4 mil
    Baldwin 500k
    Costner 1 mil
    Magnum 1,075,000
    Levy (venture capitalist) 775k
    Valobra (high end jeweler, pres. of N.O. Ferrari club) 250k

    Its not going well and they start arguing amongst themselves. Spyro and Levy want to go long term and Magnum and Costner want a quick kill. Probably b/c they knew the things don’t work.

    Levy wants out of the movie deal and Magnum’s got him by the short hairs. Magnum lets Levy out of both deals if he sells him his OTS shares. This is probably when Magnum knew he had it sewed up.

    So now Magnum controls 37% and he can get the needed 60% majority to go for the quick kill. Enter Buddy Caldwell who facilitates the meeting with Suttles with a wink and a nod.

    Suttles agrees to buy and gives them 18 mil. deposit. Suttles gets Costner off of TV and the bonus of Louisiana’s AG now owes him a favor. Costner uses this money to trick Baldwin and Spyro who were opposed to the quick kill–out of their shares.

    Now Spyro, Levy, and Baldwin are out.

    The new breakdown is Costner 58%, Magnum 37% and Magnum’s buddy Valobra still has 5%. This is significant b/c it keeps Costner under the 60% mark.

    They make a 38 million dollar profit in a few months time having done nothing. These are the same people who thought making a Stephen Baldwin movie was a good idea. Unbelievable.

    Now Costner walks with about 19 mil profit. Magnum pockets about 12 mil profit and Valobra gets 1.65 mil. Spyro, Levy, and Baldwin don’t lose anything but get cut out of the bonanza. On top of it all Magnum even stays out of the lawsuit.

    Once again the joke is on the state as old Buddy probably won’t go so hard on BP. Who knows what his end was.

  31. Remember folks, Magnum’s little problem in Municipal Court is still pending. Because Mayor Landrieu held a fundraiser at the Maison de Magnum and because the N.O. City Attorney is appointed by and answers to the mayor, there is a conflict of interest. And when the City Attorney or the District Attorney is conflicted out, who prosecutes the case . . . that’s right folks the A.G. Only now, it looks like our Buddy’s office is conflicted out as well. Now what?

  32. JPGoodfella- Where did you get you numbers? I cannot seem to get past your assessment that Magnum had a $1,000,000 and Baldwin had $500k (liquid) for anything… Those two stole any possible credence from your equation. And, I knew Levy was a former client of Magnum’s, but never could I imagine Levy putting up that kind of money for anything involving our Magnum. From what I understand, he too has heard the threats of Magnum’s CDC court backyard beating from one Magnum’s pocket judges and Levy cannot stand him. The rest is plausible.

  33. Some more:

    “”””True to their commitment to developing a rapid oil spill cleanup vessel, Edison Chouest Offshore and Ocean Therapy Solutions took a critical first step by introducing the

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  35. Things are getting a little “hard” for me to follow. BUT: If anyone has already made this point, I apologize. Magnum took a leave of absence from his law firm while all of this shit was flying. Is it possible that Magnum was “double-dealing” and representing two divergent interests simultaneously? Costner and the “OTS” Group on the one hand (I can help land the deal with BP to pay us $52 million – or whatever it was) and BP on the other hand (I have “influence” with Louisiana Attorney General “Buddy” Caldwell, and if you leave it to me, Buddy will make sure the Federal beancounters allow you a “credit” for whatever you pay the movie star and his partners). Three other points, which I can’t fit into the jig-saw puzzle, yet: (1) On January 7, 2010, when all of this shit was coming down, the Louisiana Senate passed a bill that would have allowed Caldwell to award contingency fee contracts to plaintiffs’ lawyers as a result of the oil spill (It was defeated in the House). (2) Any lawyer representing the State in any capacity becomes a “Special Assistant Attorney General” and therefore an agent of the State. (3) Although the United States has sued a large number of oil spill actors (Halliburton is conspicuous by its absence), I don’t think the State has sued anyone, yet. Could one or more of the Members of “The SLABBED Nation” research how much Magnum and/or have firm have contributed to Caldwell since Caldwell started to run against Foti. Ashton O’Dwyer.

  36. Telemachus – “The will to drill” …next porno at the Brown house and “The Usual suspects”! HA! Freakin’ hilarious… Sometimes truth is truly stranger than fiction! Wow, you just can’t make that shit up. Like Stephen Baldwin getting blow jobs from one of Magnum J.D.’s stripper friends, then heading off to preach on the Trinity Broadcast Network (not necessarily in that order). What a cast of characters. Anyone actually know how to write a screenplay? This is shaping up to be a good one. Has all the makings of a blockbuster: sex, money, corruption and New Orleans.

  37. If you watch the Rush interview of Baldwin you notice that Rush says Obama must approve all spending of BP. Baldwin touts the Costner idea but doesn’t mention he (Baldwin) is a partner in the company which Costner later buys from Baldwin. It gets complicated when Costner goes to Congress and has the label “Actor and patner in Ocean
    Therapy Solutions”. The lawsuit mentions about Costner—” He also
    testified that he was a main principal in OTS, while the company records indicate
    that he held no ownership interest in his name.” It appears Baldwin was presenting himself to the media as a person who was just out to help Louisiana develop a solution to the oil spill out of the goodness of his heart. Baldwin didn’t mention on Rush he had an ownership interest in the “Costner” oil spill machine and acts like he just wants to promote the “Costner” machine because he believes the locals want it. I think Rush was right(no pun intended) that Obama did have to approve everything and if Obama caught wind that Baldwin would get a huge payday out of the BP funding it might blow the deal. So in part the team got rid of Baldwin because he caused political problems with Obama. You have to understand what Baldwin was doing at the time. Baldwin formed a political movement in 2009 that I will link below. (any wonder the Governor flew Baldwin around South Louisiana?)

    Basic Info
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du3kVJLP5qo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R8teUqIUV0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLtqFat4bLQ

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    There were complex political issues going on and these issues seemed to be handled by all involved via deception. IE Baldwin, Costner, etc all were not honest with anyone because of the political issues involved. Rush flushed some of them out.

    Answer to prior question—

    Costner, Smith and Houghtaling met
    with Doug Suttles of BP on June 8, 2010 at Houghtaling

  38. Keep this informative and illuminating thread alive good people, and be assured:

    “Small disconnected facts, if you take note of them, have a way of becoming connected.”

  39. Search Summary
    The search is restricted to contributions to the following committees:
    Caldwell, James (CAN990959)
    The result is sorted by candidate/committee name, then amount – descending

    Candidate/Committee Report Type Description Date Amount
    Source Address City ST Zip
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    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/07/2007 5000.00
    Gauthier Houghtaling & Williams LLP 3500 N. Hullen St. Metairie LA 70002
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/07/2007 5000.00
    John Houghtaling 3500 N. Hullen Dr. Metairie LA 70002
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/07/2007 5000.00
    John Houghtaling 3500 N. Hullen Dr. Metairie LA 70002
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/07/2007 5000.00
    Gauthier Houghtaling & Williams LLP 3500 N. Hullen St. Metairie LA 70002

    Total Amounts (4 records) 20000.00

  40. “On the evening of June 18, 2010, Contogouris and Baldwin signed the pro
    forma documents called for in the June 11, 2010 agreement to transfer their
    membership interests to Smith and/or WestPac. The balance of the purchase
    price to effect the transfer due to Contogouris and Baldwin was wired to them
    from WestPac

  41. Uptown – You pretty much answer your own question – The Article was published at 10:26 pm
    so they waited until right after they got the deal signed off on and then announced.

    Don’t know any lawyers working that late in this town unless they are up to some crooked deal!

    Published: Friday, June 18, 2010, 10:26 PM Updated: Friday, June 18, 2010, 10:39 PM

  42. Thanks, naas…your post about contributions by Mr. Haughtything and his firm reminded me that I had some time ago scrolled through Caldwell’s “quid pro quo” campaign contribution list. There are of course a ton of the usual suspect lawyers (Usry some $50,000 !); people like Mamoulides and Nungesser; lots of truck casinos (including those of Relan and Nichols); the trash people of course (Torres); and lot of nursing home and health care businesses; contractors (Marsiglia alone put in some $16,000); the infamous Spears family; coincidence or not, there are a whole lot of Smiths that think Caldwell is deserving of tens of thousands of dollars; and too many more to itemize in this overview. Just looking at the samples I listed below gives evidence of the fact that our Attorney General is a real political player, and like his ilk, it’s all about the money ! So why I am I not surprised he’s acting up with Mr. Haughtything…

    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 01/02/2008 5000.00
    JEI Managers Disbursement Louisiana Cor 17301 W. Colfax Suite 250 Golden CO 80401
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/19/2009 1000.00
    JEI Mgrs. Disbursement – Cash Magic Bre 17301 W. Colfax Suite 250 Golden CO 80401
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/19/2009 1000.00
    JEI Mgrs. Disbursement – Cash Magic Vin 17301 W. Colfax Suite 250 Golden CO 80401
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/23/2009 1000.00
    JEI Mgrs. Disbursement – Houma Truck Pl 17301 W. Colfax Suite 250 Golden CO 80401
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/20/2009 1000.00
    JEI Mgrs. Disbursement – Jalou Diamond 17301 W. Colfax Suite 250 Golden CO 80401
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/19/2009 1000.00
    JEI Mgrs. Disbursement – Jalou Jefferso 17301 W. Colfax Suite 250 Golden CO 80401

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/09/2007 5000.00
    John M Mamoulides P.O.Box 6831 Metairie LA 70009
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/09/2007 5000.00
    John M Mamoulides P.O.Box 6831 Metairie LA 70009
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 10/12/2007 1500.00
    Marsiglia Construction Company 5225 River Road Harahan LA 70123
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/09/2007 1500.00
    Marsiglia Construction Company 5225 River Road Harahan LA 70123
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/12/2007 1500.00
    Marsiglia Construction Company 5225 River Road Harahan LA 70123
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/09/2007 1500.00
    Marsiglia Construction Company 5225 River Road Harahan LA 70123
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/09/2007 2500.00
    Nancy M Marsiglia 1734 Lakeshore Dr. New Orleans LA 70122
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/09/2007 2500.00
    Nancy M Marsiglia 1734 Lakeshore Dr. New Orleans LA 70122
    James Caldwell 30P CONTRIB 08/27/2007 2500.00
    Nancy M Marsiglia 1734 Lakeshore Dr. New Orleans LA 70122
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 10/12/2007 1000.00
    Nancy M Marsiglia 1734 Lakeshore Dr. New Orleans LA 70122
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/12/2007 1000.00
    Nancy M Marsiglia 1734 Lakeshore Dr. New Orleans LA 70122
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB

    James Caldwell 40G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Freeman R Matthews 1615 Poydras St Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell SUP LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Freeman R Matthews 1615 Poydras St Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell 10G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Freeman R Matthews 1615 Poydras St Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell 10G LOAN 00.00 10/25/2007 5000.00
    Karen G Matthews 464 Glendale Dr. Metairie LA 70001
    James Caldwell SUP LOAN 00.00 10/25/2007 5000.00
    Karen G Matthews 464 Glendale Dr. Metairie LA 70001
    James Caldwell 40G LOAN 00.00 10/25/2007 5000.00
    Karen G Matthews 464 Glendale Dr. Metairie LA 70001
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 12/22/2008 5000.00
    Karen G Matthews 464 Glendale Dr. Metairie LA 70001
    James Caldwell 10P CONTRIB 09/14/2007 5000.00
    Karen G Matthews 464 Glendale Dr. Metairie LA 70001

    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/26/2009 3000.00
    William Nungesser P.O.Box 7264 Belle Chasse LA 70037

    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 01/10/2008 5000.00
    Oats & Hudson APLC 100 East Vermillion St. Suite 400 Lafayette LA 70501
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 01/10/2008 5000.00
    Oats & Hudson APOPC 100 E. Vermillion Suite 400 Lafayette LA 70501
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    Oats & Hudson APOPC 100 E. Vermillion Suite 400 Lafayette LA 70501
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    Oats & Hudson APOPC 100 E. Vermillion Suite 400 Lafayette LA 70501
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/19/2009 1000.00
    Oats & Hudson APPC 100 E. Vermillion Suite 400 Lafayette LA 70501

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/09/2007 2500.00
    Pasture Land LLC 1625 Lake Maurepas Harvey LA 70058
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 10/14/2007 2500.00
    Pasture Land LLC 1625 Lake Maurepas Harvey LA 70058
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/09/2007 2500.00
    Pasture Land LLC 1625 Lake Maurepas Harvey LA 70058
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/14/2007 2500.00
    Pasture Land LLC 1625 Lake Maurepas Harvey LA 70058

    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/26/2009 5000.00
    Pelican Bingo Distributors LLC 2424 Marietta St. Kenner LA 70062
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 03/12/2008 2500.00
    Pelican Bingo Distributors LLC 11616 Industrialplex Blvd. Suite 1 Baton Rouge LA 70809
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/08/2007 2500.00
    Pelican Bingo Distributors LLC 11616 Industrialplex Blvd. Suite 1 Baton Rouge LA 70809
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/08/2007 2500.00
    Pelican Bingo Distributors LLC 11616 Industrialplex Blvd. Suite 1 Baton Rouge LA 70809

    James Caldwell 10P CONTRIB 09/21/2007 5000.00
    Annie Peairs 411 Jebca Lane Ne. Brookhaven MS 39601
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Darin P Peairs 381 Jebca Lane NE Brookhaven MS 39601
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Darin P Peairs 381 Jebca Lane NE Brookhaven MS 39601
    James Caldwell 10P CONTRIB 09/23/2007 5000.00
    Joe F Penn 411 Jebca Lane Brookhaven MS 39601
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Joe F Penn 411 Jebca Lane Brookhaven MS 39601
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Joe F Penn 411 Jebca Lane Brookhaven MS 39601

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 2500.00
    Plantation Management Co. LLC 301 Veterans Blvd. Denham Springs LA 70726
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 01/08/2008 2500.00
    Plantation Management Co. LLC 301 Veterans Blvd. Denham Springs LA 70726
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 2500.00
    Plantation Management Co. LLC 301 Veterans Blvd. Denham Springs LA 70726
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 01/03/2008 500.00
    Plantation Manor Nursing & Rehabilitati P.O.Box 879 Winnsboro LA 71295

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/06/2007 5000.00
    Provosty & Gankendorff LLC 650 Poydras St. Suite 2700 New Orleans LA 70130
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/06/2007 5000.00
    Provosty & Gankendorff LLC 650 Poydras St. Suite 2700 New Orleans LA 70130
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 02/07/2008 500.00
    Provosty & Gankendorff LLC 650 Poydras St. Suite 2700 New Orleans LA 70130
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 02/21/2008 500.00
    Provosty & Gankendorff LLC 650 Poydras St. Suite 2700 New Orleans LA 70130
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 01/03/2008 5000.00
    Provosty Sadler De Launay Fiorenza & So P.O.Box 1791 Alexandria LA 71309
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    Provosty Sadler De Launay Fiorenza & So P.O.Box 1791 Alexandria LA 71309
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 07/10/2008 1000.00
    Provosty Sadler De Launay Fiorenza & So P.O.Box 1791 Alexandria LA 71309
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    Provosty Sadler De Launnay Fiorenza & S P.O.Box 1791 Alexandria LA 71309
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 04/08/2009 550.00
    Provosty Sadler DeLaunay Fiorenza & Sob P.O.Box 1791 Alexandria LA 71309
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/12/2007 500.00

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/05/2007 5000.00
    RGE Properties LLC P.O.Box 1890 Lake Charles LA 70602
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/05/2007 5000.00
    RGE Properties LLC P.O.Box 1890 Lake Charles LA 70602

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/06/2007 5000.00
    RLBSDT LLC 8301 W. Judge Perez Dr. Suite 303 Chalmette LA 70043
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/06/2007 5000.00
    RLBSDT LLC 8301 W. Judge Perez Dr. Suite 303 Chalmette LA 70043

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/06/2007 5000.00
    RLT LLC P.O.Box 1747 Slidell LA 70459
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/06/2007 5000.00
    RLT LLC P.O.Box 1747 Slidell LA 70459
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/09/2007 5000.00
    Anita Torres 800 Lakeshore Blvd. Slidell LA 70458
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 10/09/2007 5000.00
    Anita Torres 800 Lakeshore Blvd. Slidell LA 70458
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 10/09/2007 5000.00
    Robert L Torres 800 Lakeshore Blvd. Slidell LA 70458
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/09/2007 5000.00
    Robert L Torres 800 Lakeshore Blvd. Slidell LA 70458

    James Caldwell 10P CONTRIB 09/30/2007 5000.00
    RVCKAISER LLC 110 Veterans Blvd. Metairie LA 70005

    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/26/2009 5000.00
    Redman Gaming Of Lousiana LLC 2424 Marietta St. Kenner LA 70062
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 03/12/2008 5000.00
    Redman Gaming of Louisiana LLC 2424 Marietta St. Kenner LA 70062
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/08/2007 5000.00
    Redman Gaming of Louisiana LLC 2424 Marietta St. Kenner LA 70062
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/08/2007 5000.00
    Redman Gaming of Louisiana LLC 2424 Marietta St. Kenner LA 70062

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 2500.00
    Reliable Amusement Co. Inc. 1090 Cinclaire Dr. Port Allen LA 70767
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 2500.00
    Reliable Amusement Co. Inc. 1090 Cinclaire Dr. Port Allen LA 70767
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 11/03/2009 500.00
    Reliable Amusement Co. Inc. 1090 Cinclaire Dr. Port Allen LA 70767
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 2500.00
    Reliable Production Service Inc. 1090 Cinclare Dr. Port Allen LA 70767
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 11/03/2009 500.00
    Reliable Production Service Inc. P.O.Box 175 Livonia LA 70755
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 2500.00
    Relliable Production Service Inc. 1090 Cinclare Dr. Port Allen LA 70767
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/05/2007 1000.00
    Republic National Distributing Co. LLC 809 Jefferson Hwy. Jefferson LA 70121
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/05/2007 1000.00
    Republic National Distributing Co. LLC 809 Jefferson Hwy. Jefferson LA 70121

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/08/2007 1500.00
    Jeff Richardson P.O.Box 11650 Alexandria LA 71315
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/08/2007 1500.00
    Jeff Richardson P.O.Box 11650 Alexandria LA 71315
    James Caldwell 40G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Rachele Cella Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447
    James Caldwell SUP LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Rachele Cella Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447
    James Caldwell 10G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Rachele Cella Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 12/22/2008 5000.00
    Rachele Cella Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447
    James Caldwell 30P CONTRIB 09/10/2007 5000.00
    Rachele Cella Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447
    James Caldwell 90P CONTRIB 07/12/2007 5000.00
    Timothy Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 12/22/2008 5000.00
    Timothy Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447
    James Caldwell 10G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Timothy Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447
    James Caldwell SUP LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Timothy Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447
    James Caldwell 40G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Timothy Richardson 161 Riverwalk Dr. Madisonville LA 70447

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 2500.00
    Smith Stag LLC 365 Canal St. Suite 2850 New Orleans LA 70119
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/09/2007 2500.00
    Smith Stag LLC 365 Canal St. Suite 2850 New Orleans LA 70119
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 12/11/2008 2500.00
    Smith Stag LLC 365 Canal St. Suite 2850 New Orleans LA 70119

    James Caldwell 10P CONTRIB 09/21/2007 5000.00
    Ed Smith P.O.Box 530 Roseland LA 70456
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Ed Smith P.O.Box 530 Roseland LA 70456
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Ed Smith P.O.Box 530 Roseland LA 70456
    James Caldwell 10P CONTRIB 09/21/2007 5000.00
    Mitchell S Smith P.O.Box 530 Roseland LA 70456
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Mitchell S Smith P.O.Box 530 Roseland LA 70456
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Mitchell S Smith P.O.Box 530 Roseland LA 70456

    James Caldwell 10P CONTRIB 09/21/2007 5000.00
    George D Smith 16246 Jeff Bankston Rd. Amite LA 70422
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    George D Smith 16246 Jeff Bankston Rd. Amite LA 70422
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    George D Smith 16246 Jeff Bankston Rd. Amite LA 70422
    James Caldwell 10P CONTRIB 09/21/2007 5000.00
    Tymple L Smith 61094 Doe Run Dr. Amite LA 70422
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Tymple L Smith 61094 Doe Run Dr. Amite LA 70422
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/07/2007 1000.00
    Tymple L Smith 61094 Doe Run Dr. Amite LA 70422

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    John H Smith 37513 Provence Point Ave. Prairieville LA 70769
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    John H Smith 37513 Provence Point Ave. Prairieville LA 70769
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    Lou Ann Smith 37513 Provence Point Ave. Prairieville LA 70469

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 2500.00
    Spears & Spears Attorneys & Counselors 1631 Elysian Fields Ave. New Orleans LA 70117
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 2500.00
    Spears & Sprears Attorneys & Counselors 1631 Elysian Fields Ave. New Orleans LA 70117
    James Caldwell 30P CONTRIB 08/07/2007 2500.00
    Isaiah Spears 4232 Fountain Bleau Dr. New Orleans LA 70125

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    St. Martin Williams & Bourque APLC P.O.Box 2017 Houma LA 70361
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    St. Martin Williams & Bourque APLC P.O.Box 2017 Houma LA 70361
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/11/2007 1000.00
    St. Martin Williams & Bourque APLC P.O.Box 2017 Houma LA 70361
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    Christopher J St. Martin 3450 Southdown Mandalay Rd. Houma LA 70360
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    Christopher J St. Martin 3450 Southdown Mandalay Rd. Houma LA 70360
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/25/2007 2500.00
    Michael X St. Martin P.O.Box 2017 Houma LA 70361
    James Caldwell 40G IN-KIND Reception 11/08/07 – Windsor Court 11/12/2007 2471.28
    Michael X St. Martin 4084 Hwy. 311 Houma LA 70360

    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/26/2009 2000.00
    Tall Timbers Truck Stop & Casino LLC 2424 Marietta St. Kenner LA 70062
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 03/12/2008 1000.00
    Tall Timbers Truckstop & Casino LLC 2424 Marietta St. Kenner LA 70062

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/07/2007 2500.00
    J. G Tanner III 2181 Quail Run Baton Rouge LA 70808
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 10/31/2009 500.00
    Tanner Services LLC P.O.Box 1434 Eunice LA 70535
    James Caldwell 10P CONTRIB 09/22/2007 5000.00
    J. G Tanner lll 2181 Quail Run Baton Rouge LA 70808
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/07/2007 2500.00
    J. G Tanner lll 2181 Quail Run Baton Rouge LA 70808

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    The Capitol Group LLC 5756 Berkshire Ave. Baton Rouge LA 70806
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 5000.00
    The Capitol Group LLC 5756 Berkshire Ave. Baton Rouge LA 70806
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 01/10/2008 1500.00
    The Capitol Group LLC 5756 Berkshire Ave. Baton Rouge LA 70806

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/15/2007 5000.00
    Mrs. Clarence R Triche 219 West 112th St. Cut Off LA 70845
    James Caldwell 90P CONTRIB 06/01/2007 5000.00
    Mrs. Clarence R Triche 219 West 112th St. Cut Off LA 70845
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/15/2007 5000.00
    Mrs. Clarence R Triche 219 West 112th St. Cut Off LA 70845

    James Caldwell 90P CONTRIB 05/24/2007 5000.00
    Usry Weeks & Matthews APLC 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell 40G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Usry Weeks & Matthews APLC 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell SUP LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Usry Weeks & Matthews APLC 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell 10G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Usry Weeks & Matthews APLC 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell 10G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Hunter A Usry 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell SUP LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Hunter A Usry 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell 40G LOAN 00.00 10/23/2007 5000.00
    Hunter A Usry 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 12/22/2008 5000.00
    Hunter A Usry 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell 30P CONTRIB 09/10/2007 5000.00
    Hunter A Usry 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112
    James Caldwell 30P CONTRIB 09/10/2007 5000.00
    Sonja Usry 1615 Poydras St. Suite 1250 New Orleans LA 70112

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 1000.00
    Vezina & Gattuso LLC P.O.Box 461 Gretna LA 70054
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 03/19/2008 1000.00
    Vezina & Gattuso LLC P.O.Box 461 Gretna LA 70054
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/24/2007 1000.00
    Vezina & Gattuso LLC P.O.Box 461 Gretna LA 70054
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 03/26/2009 1000.00
    Vezina & Gattuso LLC P.O.Box 461 Gretna LA 70054
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 1000.00
    Vezina & Gattuso LLC P.O.Box 461 Gretna LA 70054
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 04/09/2009 4000.00
    J Marc Vezina 410 Sena Dr. Metairie LA 70005
    James Caldwell ANN CONTRIB 04/08/2009 1000.00
    Nel F Vezina P.O.Box 461 Gretna LA 70053

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 10/31/2007 5000.00
    Victor L. Marcello Attorney LLC P.O.Box 759 Gonzales LA 70737
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 10/31/2007 5000.00
    Victor L. Marcello Attorney LLC P.O.Box 759 Gonzales LA 70737

    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/14/2007 1500.00
    Wahlder Business 21459 Hwy. 167 No. 122 Dry Prong LA 71423
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/14/2007 1500.00
    Wahlder Business 21459 Hwy. 167 No. 122 Dry Prong LA 71423
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 03/13/2008 5000.00
    Michael M Wahlder 21439 Hwy. 167 Dry Prong LA 71423
    James Caldwell SUP CONTRIB 07/24/2008 5000.00
    Mike Wahlder 21439 Hwy. 167 Dry Prong LA 71423
    James Caldwell 40G CONTRIB 11/08/2007 1000.00
    Mike Wahlder 21439 Hwy. 167 Dry Prong LA 71423
    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 11/08/2007 1000.00
    Mike Wahlder 21439 Hwy. 167 Dry Prong LA 71423

    James Caldwell SPCL CONTRIB 10/16/2007 5000.00
    Water & Sewer + P.O.Box 9318 Bridge City LA 70096
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/16/2007 5000.00
    Water & Sewer + P.O.Box 9318 Bridge City LA 70096
    James Caldwell 10G CONTRIB 10/24/2007 5000.00
    Water & Sewer Pipe & Supply Inc. 949 Bridge City Ave. Bridge City LA 70096
    James Caldwell 90P CONTRIB 07/09/2007 5000.00
    Water & Sewer Pipe & Supply Inc. 949 Bridge City Ave. Bridge City LA 70096

    And to think, this just scratches the surface.

    1. One question in my mind is how a washed up, bankrupt B movie actor in Baldwin could afford to pony up anything in his venture with Costner and Mags.

      From the looks of it, after the movie days played out he turned into a huckster for the religious right as the sheeple shearing is reportedly easier using that old time religion spiel.

      He goes BK in spite of that though and turns to soliciting donations via the web. His old website, Restore Stephen Baldwin.org now auto directs the user here, which appears to be a smoother attempt to grift for Baldie.

      I wonder if he included his ownership interest in Costner’s venture on that BK filing of his?

      http://www.popeater.com/2010/04/30/stephen-baldwin-restorestephenbaldwin-org/

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Baldwin#Personal_life

      Finally, listed in Baldwin’s credits is the movie Sex Monster, which probably should have starred Mary Landrieu.

      This topic will be a rich one for the Slabbed Nation.

      sop

  43. What is the date of that fundraiser/55th B-day party for the illustrious senator at Casa de Magnum? Let’s see if they all still attend like none of this is happening. We know who’s been reading.

  44. The issue for us should not be whether or not Mr Baldwin was screwed by his partners, it should be that political pressure was used to enrich contributors at all levels of our government. From sublets in St Bernard to catering contracts in Plaquemines to manpower contracts in FL to heavy equipment contracts for sand berms by the governor to the purchase of outdated useless machines by the AG and much more. All of this together took away time and money from the real solutions. It seems to me that the local guys learned well from what happened on a national level during the Katrina clean up. Unfortunately the lesson they learned was how to get space at the trough.

  45. ERRATA: The Louisiana Senate Bill No. 731, pushed by Caldwell, but defeated in the House, to allow Caldwell to award contingency fee contracts to HUGE plaintiff lawyer contributors of his ($145,000 since 2006), was passed on June 7, 2010, NOT “January” 7, 2010. The final defeat came on or about June 21, 2010. I don’t know how I made this mistake. Ashton O’Dwyer.

  46. William Tell,
    All you have to do is check the math using the numbers given in the suit. Take the numbers that Spyro and Baldwin had in the venture and work them against the percentage stake and you can figure each person’s stake. Also, Magnum promised the “Magnum guarantee” to Levy and his boy. Levy signed on for the movie, and Magnum reneged on signing the guarantee. How smart can Levy be to believe that Magnum was going to insure him against any losses? The people involved in the movie deal morphed into OTS.

    Spyro came in and hustled them from the start. Spyro couldn’t infiltrate BP, and he is a master infiltrator. (ask Fairfax) So he used Magnum to leverage his political contacts. Spyro was hooked up with Costner previously. Spyro sat down with some locally connected people and steered them towards making some money off of BP. The plan was to work the situation from 2 sides. Costner and Baldwin would take to the airwaves and Magnum, Franco, and Levy would work the local politicians.

    They fought internally over whether to lease the machines or try to sell them. Levy wanted to lease them and Spyro and Baldwin sided with him. They had big dreams. Costner and Magnum wanted to sell them and get in and out. (b/c Costner knew they didn’t work and the tech was outdated) Keep in mind Costner had 24 mil. in this from years ago.

    When Magnum reneged on his guarantee in the film deal, Levy was pissed. Levy was then on the hook for this crazy movie idea. Levy wanted out of the movie deal and Magnum used that to soak up Levy’s OTS shares. This is probably when Magnum knew he had the sale in the bag.

    Spyro and Baldwin who hatched the whole plan then ran into a snag. They underestimated Costner’s boy Smith and he double dealt them and bought them out with their own profits. The group was at odds as to the lease or sell option and everyone who wanted to lease got squeezed out by the “quick kill” investors. Do you think that Suttles just held a presser and revealed the news to OTS in real time? Do you think that Spyro and Baldwin would bail out if they knew they were about to cash in? Do you think that Magnum was unaware of Smith/Costner’s move against the New york faction?

  47. Keeping the heat on. File a petition against BP the day after meeting with Suttles.

    Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has been granted permission to proceed with his investigation of oil giant BP, including the rig explosion in April and the company’s process for compensating Louisianans affected by the subsequent disaster.

    Judicial District Court Judge Joy C. Lobrano last Thursday approved Caldwell’s petition, which requested that BP turn over data related to the oil spill claims process, as well as information surrounding the explosion and the stream of oil spilling into the Gulf.

    The petition, which was filed on June 9, also requested that BP provide information regarding the composition of mud used in the drilling and the failed “top kill” operation, as well as the use and effects of chemical dispersants, and all air and water quality data.

    The petition alleged that BP has failed to cooperate and share important information with the state, especially surrounding the company’s claims process.

  48. You might want to go back to the original suit filed by Levy:

    http://slabbed.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/in-this-episode-of-magnum-j-d-bull-durham-sells-his-machines-to-bp-and-creates-a-conflict-of-interest-for-magnums-firm-gauthier-houghtaling-and-williams/

    Houghtythangin’ threatened to send Levy to CDC.

    So Levy sued in JP District Court, before Judge Pitre.

    Now this gets filed in federal court.

    It’s interesting that the attorneys for both sets of plaintiffs are in 201 St. Charles (Michael Riess & Lisa A. Montgomery, Esqs., for Levy; Henry King, Tim Madden, Monica Manzella for Spyro/Stevie), merely 12 floors apart.

    But still, shouldn’t these be joined? And shouldn’t the JP suit properly be in fedreal court anyway since there are out of state defendants?

    Gotta love how Costner played a faux hero prosecutor in a made-up New Orleans conspiracy in a movie and now he here he is trying to make a movie in which he is a real-life villain in a real-life conspiracy with a real live state prosecutor and all the real-life bad guys (oil companies, lawyers, politicians) who make up the villains in so many of his movies.

    Funny how Costner can’t be served: how *does* one find Kevin Costner’s address, anyway? Good luck with that one, fellas, he’s practically *Untouchable*, yaknow.

  49. This may have been mentioned in the other thread, but it’s good to go look at the Will To Drill SOS info:

    “””THE WILL TO DRILL, L.L.C. Limited Liability Company METAIRIE Active

    Business: THE WILL TO DRILL, L.L.C.
    Charter Number: 40202712 K
    Registration Date: 5/10/2010
    Domicile Address
    3500 NORTH HULLEN STREET
    METAIRIE, LA 70002
    Mailing Address
    3500 NORTH HULLEN STREET
    METAIRIE, LA 70002
    Status
    Status: Active
    Annual Report Status: In Good Standing
    File Date: 5/10/2010
    Last Report Filed: N/A
    Type: Limited Liability Company

    Registered Agent(s)
    Agent: JAMES M. FANTACI
    Address 1: ONE GALLERIA BLVD., SUITE 1100
    City, State, Zip: METAIRIE, LA 70001
    Appointment Date: 5/10/2010

    Officer(s) Additional Officers: Yes
    Officer: STEPHEN BALDWIN
    Title: Member
    Address 1: 50 PIERMONT AVENUE, STE. L2
    City, State, Zip: NYACK, NY 10960

    Officer: FRANCO VALOBRA
    Title: Member
    Address 1: 333 ROYAL STREET
    City, State, Zip: NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130″””

    Valobra shows up in the prior suit. He owns an antique store on Royal Street and he is severly Italian.

    James M. Fantaci as the registering attorney – don’t forget him, he is at…. yes, yes CHEHARDY SHERMAN:

    http://www.chehardy.com/attorney_page.php?id=7

    And HOW *did* Costner and Ocean Therapy Solutions get hooked up initially? Through Jefferson Parish. Through Capella.

    Does this flow pattern seem reasonable?: Houghtaling -> Capella -> Theriot -> Caldwell.

    No?

  50. The SOS info for OTS:

    “”””OCEAN THERAPY SOLUTIONS, L.L.C. Limited Liability Company METAIRIE Active

    Business: OCEAN THERAPY SOLUTIONS, L.L.C.
    Charter Number: 40202881 K
    Registration Date: 5/10/2010
    Domicile Address
    3500 NORTH HULLEN STREET
    METAIRIE, LA 70002
    Mailing Address
    3500 NORTH HULLEN STREET
    METAIRIE, LA 70002
    Status
    Status: Active
    Annual Report Status: In Good Standing
    File Date: 5/10/2010
    Last Report Filed: N/A
    Type: Limited Liability Company

    Registered Agent(s)
    Agent: DAVID R. SHERMAN
    Address 1: ONE GALELRIA BLVD., SUITE 1100
    City, State, Zip: METAIRIE, LA 70001
    Appointment Date: 5/10/2010

    Officer(s) Additional Officers: Yes
    Officer: SPYRIDON C. CONTOGOURIS
    Title: Member
    Address 1: 201 ST. CHARLES AVENUE, 45TH FLOOR
    City, State, Zip: NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130

    Officer: STEPHEN BALDWIN
    Title: Member
    Address 1: 50 PIERMONT AVENUE, SUITE L2
    City, State, Zip: NYACK, NY 10960

    Officer: FRANCO VALOBRA
    Title: Member
    Address 1: 333 ROYAL STREET
    City, State, Zip: NEW ORLEANAS, LA 70130 “””””””””

    Fantaci is the agent for one company, DAVID SHERMAN is the agent for the other.

    http://www.chehardy.com/attorney_page.php?id=1

  51. Hey IMA, look who is representing Levy, one Lisa Montgomery. My God, this guy has had both Magnum and the Great Lisa Montgomery as lawyers.

  52. These guys had big, big, big plans, and they had some Major League {Costner reference anyone?} help.

    – They had the lobbying help of Rep. Dana Rohrbacher.

    – Rohrbacher hosted a dinner with eight other lawmakers (Congressmen, presumably?)

    – A Texas company, Freestone Resources was looking to piggyback and get in on the action too.

    – Costner & Co. wanted these contraptions on every single oil ship and rig, anywhere and everywhere, like fire extinguishers.

    – The Guardian newspaper, of the UK, reported that the Costner gizmos would take ****60 million years to clean up the BP oil spill. We’re talking about a TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY here.

    “”””Rohrabacher, Costner team up to fight spill

    With thousands of gallons of oil continuing to gush into the Gulf of Mexico every day, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is teaming up with an unusual partner to combat the crisis: actor Kevin Costner.

    Costner spent 15 years and $20 million to create an oil-water separation technology that he says can clean up to 210,000 gallons of oily water each day with 99 percent accuracy. But due to his celebrity status, many have not taken Costner seriously. That

  53. SOCK: I vote that the stuffed doll, full of campaign contributions, is Our Buddy AG and the young dude carrying him around for Our Buddy’s universal, legal support is Magnum.

    The true test would be to slow the video down and check the groin areas of both for a superficial faux pas.

  54. So at the end of the day what do we have:
    1. Oil machines that do not work, but all parties knew that going in;
    2. Partners screwing partners out of money;
    3. Boat builder makes a lot of money to retro fit a vessel to accommodate the oil
    machines;
    4. The AG used his influence to push the deal through (Payback-what

  55. One theory on why His Houghtyness is not named as a defendant:

    – That might destroy diversity and send the case on remand into CDC or 24th JDC, places where His Houghtyness has pals?

  56. My belief is BP would do anything to deflect our attention away from their constant spraying of dispersant. Oil out of sight, out of mind. Tony H could possibly redeem himself now and make public the real BP intent during the crises, or would this fuck up his

  57. bayoudegradable December 27, 2010 12:56 pm:

    “The AG, unless he got money, will claim he was doing his job to save the gulf and so on. Afterall, if he believed the machines worked, and BP told him they would work so why not get involved and spend some BP money.

  58. Not all that surprised:

    With all due respect I do not know where you are going with your reply. Conflicts can be waived in most instances. I currently know of a law firm that is sewing the state and representing the state in other litigation. If the AG waives a conflict no foul.

    I am sure many donors have hourly contracts with the state. You know the old adage

  59. Most people didn’t realize that these machines weren’t even designed to pick up the oil. They were designed to seperate the oil from water AFTER it was skimmed. The benefit was that the oil could be recovered and used or sold. The imediate use of dispersants made the oil unusable anyway. BP knew this better than anyone. It was a PR snow job from the get go.

  60. BayouD:

    I’m speaking of AG “contracts” that have no guarantee of payment. No contingency fee agreement, no hourly rate contract, nothing. The AG simply gives the private attorney written permission to represent the state in some litigation. The attorney is then left to get the court or the defendant to pay him a “reasonable fee” out of whatever settlement or judgment the state receives.

    Houghtaling and his firm had just such a contract in the Katrina litigation.

    The problem is not with waiver of conflicts between the parties and the attorneys. The problem here is, according to the Board of Ethics, when an attorney makes a contract to represent the state, that attorney is an employee of the state for purposes of compensation. State employees are not allowed to accept anything of value for their work from anyone other than the state.

    Houghtaling may or may not have had such a BP contract. There are public record request being made on the issue.

  61. Not all That Suprised

    WOW! I did not know contracts like that existed. Good luck. However, if such a contract existed at the time of the oil machine deal what next?

  62. Don’t know what’s next.

    At this point, I’m like everyone else – trying to figure out why they shined a light on the AG, and why they haven’t named Houghtaling and the firm as defendants.

  63. Fuck a bunch of Haughtything, and piss ant Hollywood hucksters. The problem is us, the Louisiana post-rationalized voter, who accepts that this inbred culture of corruption is the way it has always been, the way it is, and nobody is going to do anything about changing it including them, who gave us Calwell, Connick, etc, etc, etc by NOT VOTING !

    Caldwell, Procureur G

  64. Hay Buddy you got some fine partners there pal. Top law enforcement officer of Lousiana duped by known crook. Wow you are one smart cookie Buddy. Could be worse you could have been helping him pump his Nigerian natural gas “investment”. What a tool you are Buddy. What next your be helping the Nigerian lottery set up a Louisana outpost? Loser resign—

    MI4 INVESTORS, LLC Limited Liability Company NEW ORLEANS Inactive

    Business: MI4 INVESTORS, LLC
    Charter Number: 35815308 K
    Registration Date: 11/15/2004
    Domicile Address
    228 ST. CHARLES AVENUE
    SUITE 1207
    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
    Mailing Address
    228 ST. CHARLES AVENUE, STE 1207
    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
    Status
    Status: Inactive
    Inactive Reason: Action by Secretary of State
    File Date: 11/15/2004
    Last Report Filed: N/A
    Type: Limited Liability Company

    Officer(s) Additional Officers: No
    Officer: SPYRO C. CONTOGOURIS
    Title: Manager
    Address 1: 15 MUIRFIELD PLACE
    City, State, Zip: NEW ORLEANS, LA 70131

    Amendments on File (2)

    Description Date
    Domestic LLC Agent/Domicile Change 5/24/2006
    Revoked 2/19/2009

    MI4

    At the heart of this story is a freelance research analyst named Spyro Contogouris, whose previous — and often contentious — dealings have ranged from Houston real estate to Nigerian natural gas. Until recently, Contogouris, 46, ran a firm that sounded more cloak-and-dagger than stocks-and-bonds: MI4 Reconnaissance LLC, based in New Orleans.

    Fairfax says the hedge fund firms paid Contogouris and MI4 employee Max Bernstein to send out slanderous reports about the insurer and to harass its executives.

    Contogouris, like the hedge funds, has said the insurer’s allegations are false. The skirmish took a strange turn last November, when Contogouris was arrested on unrelated embezzlement charges. He has pleaded not guilty in that case. Contogouris and the hedge funds say they will argue on Sept. 5 to have the Fairfax complaint dismissed. Contogouris didn’t respond to telephone messages left at his New Orleans home.

    The Fairfax fight is one of several bitter battles taking place between companies and independent research firms. Internet retailer Overstock.com Inc. has sued Rocker and researcher Gradient Analytics Inc., claiming Rocker paid Gradient and helped analysts there write negative reports on Overstock.com. Drugmaker Biovail Corp. has sued Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors LLC and Gradient, alleging a plot to drive down its shares.

    The firms say the allegations are false.

    Integrity

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aaza4TiCAtxE

  65. Time for AG to resign—

    Embezzlement arrest

    Contogouris’s war with Fairfax took an odd turn on Nov. 13, 2006, when he was arrested on federal charges of embezzling money from an unnamed former employer. News of the arrest sent Fairfax soaring 10 percent in a day. Contogouris pleaded not guilty to a four-count indictment filed in Manhattan federal court in New York.

    Most critics of Fairfax have been silent since the company filed its racketeering complaint. In all, Fairfax sued eight hedge-fund companies. Several of the managers are named personally, including Chanos, Cohen, Loeb, Rocker and Sender. Most of the defendants remain mum.

  66. Not to worry Contogouris can always get Buddy to do his dirty work for him. Hay Magnum think you were cold product yesterday. How about today pal? Oh Mary did you invite this company to Congressional Hearings. You know who founded and owned the company when you invited it to Congress? Was it your committee which they appeared before? I’d like to know…

    _______________________

    For now, at least, Contogouris’ days as an analyst are over. MI4 has stopped doing research, for fear of getting sued again, his lawyers said in court documents.

    As of mid-August, his separate trial on embezzlement charges had yet to be scheduled. None of his former clients would step forward to help when he was arrested.

    “No one would take his call,” Gahan says. It seems Contogouris, one-time head of MI4, has been disavowed by the hedge-fund firms that now stand accused of paying him to do their dirty work.

  67. Oh Lord it gets worse. The born again Christian is friends with this guy. Yea right Balwin born again my ass.

    “Dear Father,” the note begins. “The attached documents are being sent to you out of my concern for the Church’s finances.”

    The letter goes on to say that the allegedly wayward parishioner, an insurance executive named Prem Watsa, was bilking shareholders of Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

    “I am perplexed by the mystifying, spectacular rise of this insurance medusa,” the typed letter reads. “Be aware, Father, be skeptical and ask Mr. Watsa to make a full confession.” The note was signed P. Fate. The return address was that of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

    Stranger still is what Fairfax says is the source of the letter: A cabal of hedge fund managers — among them James Chanos, Steven Cohen, Daniel Loeb, David Rocker and Adam Sender — hoping to profit from a slump in Fairfax stock. Fairfax, which has a history of accounting lapses, sued eight hedge fund firms for racketeering in July 2006, demanding $6 billion in damages.

    The insurer says the letter to Parker, excerpts of which were included in its complaint, was just one of many dirty tricks the fund managers used to smear the company, which has 8,000 employees and $26.8 billion of assets. The hedge funds deny wrongdoing

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003852425_hedgefundhitman25.html

  68. Trivia question—What local news reporter was FIRED when she got hot on the trail of this bad of crooks? What loser station in New Orleans fired someone just as they were about to expose one of the biggest scandles in the history of Louisiana? Now you know why she was fired.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TlIt6yJVHU&feature=related

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/zoom/html/2003852426.html

    The recipient of the email promising to take Fairfax

  69. ”Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”

    In late April, 2010, Contogouris attempted to contact Costner to discuss the
    possible marketing of the technology to BP for its use in cleaning up what was to
    become the largest oil spill in United States history. Costner could not be reached
    as he was filming a movie in Canada. Contogouris spoke with a friend of
    Costner

  70. ” Contogouris was at that point,and through June 19, 2010, the first founding member, managing member, and largest shareholder of Ocean Therapy Solutions. ”

    Yep. OCT was the brianchild of Contogouris and oh did he know louisiana. When Buddy went to the press conference to announce the deal with BP he had helped OCT get—it was Contogouris who was the largest shareholder and managing member. When Actor and then OCT frontman Kevin Costner talked with the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Chaired by Sen. Mary Landrieu it was Contogouris who was the largest shareholder and managing member. When Magnum refused to pay Contogouris god knows how much money(probably every penny the poor boy has) well then Contogouris had to make good on his promise…

  71. I got a few questions. Is Contogouris a double agent so to say? If so does BP have any other double agents or “sleeper cells” waiting to explode in Louisiana? Is this a way for BP to take the focus of BP and put it on something else? Did the rough treatment of BP executives result in their desire to restore their own reputations and BP’s by destroying the reputation of others?

    Please note that the AG for Mississippi recently noted that his efforts to help BP develop a claims processing system which would result in less fraud in the application process was ignored by BP. I forget the guys name but he the AG over there noted that he wanted to help BP make the process less suspectable to fraud so he(the AG in Mississippi) wouldn’t have to spend time prosecuting fraud cases in the future. Again BP wasn’t interested. Why? Who knows maybe the want to have people try to defraud them so that becomes the focus of the media and becomes a way for BP to look like the victim. Just a thought but no proof.

  72. To Uptown: The questions you posed in your Comment at 0331 hours this A.M. are interesting ones. Let me try to add a little levity to the situation: “Do you know how a Greek says, ‘FUCK YOU’?” Answer: He says, “TRUST me!” (with an accent on the “trust”). Also, don’t drop the soap! And “Don’t get mad; get even!” Ashton O’Dwyer.

  73. Uptown,
    I am glad you took those little hints I was dropping on Spyro and ran with it, but you are getting off track. In fact, speaking of tracks, this gang is building a new headquarters in Jefferson Parish as we speak.

    Start looking over in Avondale and you will find the OTS gang’s new headquarters. And they are gonna even have a fancy chef run their concession stand. And do we have any Chouests (who built the barges) involved? You bet. Wonder where the boys got the land to build this playground? Gotta keep the money churning. Gentleman, Start your engines.

  74. OOOOOOOOooooooooooowwwwweeee Sop, did you know the blog thread is now 100 ? How many nanas’ did you say you would give to the 100th commenter? To JPgoodfella : Glad to see we have a few more good fellas in JP as many are moving out as we comment here. According to your comment JP has a new business entity, OTC, on the westbank. And it sounds like the HQ is close to Advondale Shipyards. So what you are saying is OTC will be doing more centrifuge oil cleanup business from there? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooowwwwweeeeee

  75. It would appear below that Magnum gave Contogouris a lot of informaiton about CTS even after Contogouris sold his interest in the company. Why didn’t Contogouris ask Magnum about this BEFORE he sold his interest in CTS—

    “Contrary to these public statements, Smith told Contogouris that BP had in
    fact not placed an order, and these statements were being made by Costner and
    Houghtaling to pressure BP into making an order. Contogouris relayed this
    information to Baldwin and expressed that this strategy of Costner, Smith and
    Houghtaling was deceptive and inappropriate when dealing with an important
    customer such as BP. Both Contogouris and Baldwin were operating under the
    impression that BP had not made a binding purchase commitment for any
    separator units from OTS.” From the suit

    I wonder why Magnum would go over the records of OTS with Contogouris AFTER Contogouris has sold his interest in the company?

    ” Contogouris became aware of these illicit funds transfers when he
    was shown in July, 2010 an OTS ledger for the unauthorized bank account
    produced by Smith and/or Bates to Chuck Jaundot, the chief financial officer of
    Houghtaling

  76. Uptown, of course Magnum showed Spyro all the info after the fact. Costner beat Spyro out of his share, not Magnum. Magnum beat Levy out of his money. Remember, Spyro–when he was the main shareholder almost torpedoed the whole deal by being too greedy. He wanted to lease the machines and try to put them on all tankers and rigs. The damn things didn’t work. Magnum was in the “quick kill” camp. Spyro was against him. But after the fact who wants to make an enemy of a guy like Spyro. Not even Magnum is that dumb. “It wasn’t me here look at this.”

    P.S. This deal is not going to yield what you are looking for. They just snaked some BP money. BP even knew they were being snaked. You have to look elsewhere for the next big thing. When you have money and/or influence you always look to take advantage of the frontier areas. Think about large tracts of vacant land where government may be set to invest large sums of money. Or think about areas of prime real estate that are downtrodden, but with the right zoning current uses will be driven out and the land can be scooped up and public dollars can deliver instant appreciation on new acquisitions.

  77. OOOOOOOOOOOoooowwwwweeeeeeeee With the 100 nanas’ I just received from Sop for being the 100th commenter on this post I’m taking Jpgoodfellas’ advice and investing in Fat City and the tract in back in the Non- Performing Arts Center. A fruit stand selling top quality nanas’ and hot nana’ frittas to the local illegals with Parrot doing tricks on a stick and Unc’ on a hand- cranked zydeco music box is my future dream. JPgoodfella can you hep me wit da’ zoning bro’? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOooowwwwwwwweee

  78. What JPGoodfella describes is going on in NOLA IMHO and frankly it is very eerie to see that topic come up on this thread from the standpoint of what our reseracher has dug up involving a large estate without heirs and certain property purchases.

    It is at this point that I’ll disclose I’m hearing chatter of very big news coming soon involving JP that is distinct from news we’re holding.

    And of course we have Slabb-a-leaks, Mags and the gang from Starstruck. We could not be more blessed with material.

    sop

  79. George, you’re catching on. But you will have to beat out all the board members of Omni bank who probably want to put up their own nana stands in fat city. Also in terms of vacant land, I wouldn’t go with the Lasalle tract, I would look towards Foster and Jindal’s golf course and Laney Chouest’s racetrack in Avondale. I’m pretty sure all the JP guy’s are already in position over there. Oh yeah, I think the LSED (Coulon and Capella) runs the course now that the state bought it a little too quietly. Magnum and the gang are all right next door at the racetrack. Watch the promo videos. I think I see Franco’s Ferrari and Magnum’s smiling face. I think they just threw Jindy a christmas party in Texas, too.

  80. White Collar Crime Team Wins Dismissal for Client
    Thomspon Hine Firm News
    July 27, 2009
    New York, NY
    Thompson Hine announced today that after eight months of pre-trial negotiation, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York agreed to dismiss all criminal charges pending against Spyro Contogouris, a New Orleans-based financial analyst who had been indicted in 2007 on charges of wire fraud arising out of his alleged misappropriation of funds from accounts and properties owned by a wealthy foreign investor. The Government had alleged that Contogouris, who had managed various properties in Texas and New York for the investor, had misappropriated more than $2,000,000 between 1997 and 2002.

    In arguing Mr. Contogouris’ case, the legal team located and produced documents that convinced the government that the victim’s version of the events could not have occurred, and that it would not support the charges alleged in the indictment. In addition, after analyzing the sworn statements of both the alleged victim and several other witnesses who testified in related civil proceedings, the legal team also convinced the government that the conflicting stories from these witnesses had little credibility – and merely served to undermine an already weak case.

    The Government agreed with that analysis, and it ultimately concluded that the interests of justice warranted a dismissal of all charges. United States District Judge Barbara S. Jones signed an order of nolle pros on July 22, 2009.

    The case was handled by Thompson Hine partners Douglas Grover and John Mitchell, working together with attorneys Timothy Madden of King Krebs & Jurgens (of New Orleans) and James M. Felix of Kilhenny & Felix (of New York).

    Both Mr. Grover and Mr. Contogouris thanked the United States Attorney’s Office for the time and conscientious effort it invested in making this determination.

    Article at Thompson Hine

    http://www.kingkrebs.com/news-28.html

  81. Jpgoodfella

    The best I can do is guess that the tract of land you describe may be across from the former 7 Oaks Plantation site. Now that was a crime, if you recall. Can you think of how and why 7 Oaks was destroyed? Yes, it was the inception of the

  82. Bayou: It’s “too late”, but the criminals who should have been lynched for the destruction of “7 Oaks” in Westwego (probably now all dead, anyway) are identified in “Lost Plantation: The Rise and Fall of Seven Oaks”, by Marc Matrena. There are still viable nurseries nearby, and the hair stands up on the back of your neck, when you pass the former site of 7 Oaks. This was a DESECRATION, for which no one was ever held responsible: not a railroad, not an oil company, not a politician. The drive along River Road to Westwego, from Bridge City to Westwego, is still a trip back in time notwithstanding the loss of 7 Oaks, and well-worth the time. Ashton O’Dwyer.

  83. Ashton, sort of like the desecration of many others establishments. I have a photograph from the national register alleged to have been framed with molding from the original structure that was salvaged from the wreckage. A old friend gave it to me 20 years ago Must look for it.

  84. I’m pleased to say the AG’s Office has responded to my public records request for any contracts, written approvals and written authorizations by the AG’s offices with Houghtaling, his firms, and his partners between July 1, 2009 and the present. They were unable to locate and contracts or records pertaining to my inquiry.

    That eliminates one of the possibilities for why Baldwin’s suit goes to the trouble to point out that the AG was at the meeting with BP, Costner and Houghtaling.

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