On July 27th, 2007, Erik Prince gave $20,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), listing his employer/occupation as “Self/Business Owner”. Today Erik Prince, chairman of Blackwater USA, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Four Republican members of the House Committee are also members of the NRCC Executive Committee.
Rep. Tom Davis, Virginia, Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee is also the Chairman of the NRCC Executive Committee. Patrick McHenry, North Carolina holds two leadership positions: IE Task Force and Finance Vice-Chairman. Darrell Issa, California and Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia are additional members of the NRCC Executive Committee. All four made statements supportive of Blackwater, critical of critics or asked questions that were essentially rhetorical requiring little more than affirmative answers from Prince.
Issa used his time to criticize MoveOn.org and defend Prince family contributions to Republican causes. This followed his earlier veiled threat to House Committee Chair Henry Waxman on C-Span. Westmoreland attacked Democrats for not wanting a war where soldiers get killed, praised Blackwater and claimed that Democrats didn’t like companies who show a profit.
Davis tried to punt a few different ways then blamed the State Department for lack of oversight. McHenry acted as if rehearsing a script prepared by Blackwater, thanking Prince for an “amazing job” and asking leading questions that only portrayed Blackwater in a positive light. He did not publicly thank Prince for his $20,000 contribution to the NRCC but as NRCC Finance Vice-Chairman he was obviously expressing his gratitude as obsequiously as possible.
When pressed by the House Committee, Prince declined to elaborate on the entities controlled by him and the Prince Group LLC. Here for the first time in one place is such a list, not definitive but certainly expansive:
Blackwater Armor & Targets LLC
Blackwater Logistics LLC
Blackwater ProShop LLC
Blackwater Target Systems LLC
BWT Services LLC
E & J Holdings, L.L.C.
E & J Leasing, L.L.C.
EP Investments, L.L.C.
Neptune Solutions LLC
Pelagian Maritime, LLC
Raven Development Group LLC
Bearpaw Medical, PLLC
Blackwater Airships LLC
Blackwater Lodge and Training Center, Inc.
Blackwater West LLC
Neptune Holdings 1 LLC
Blackwater Security Consulting LLC
EP Management Services, LLC
Presidential Airways, Inc.
Aviation Worldwide Services, L.L.C.
Erik D. Prince
Erik D. Prince Living Trust u/a/d August 5, 1992, as amended
Erik D.Prince Grantor Retained Annuity Trust
All of these entities are associated with Blackwater operations in North Carolina. Prince Group LLC is not registered in NC but controls entities listed above. And if you ever want any Blackwater services for yourself at government rates, here's a GSA Price Schedule for you, good until January 31, 2010