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Animal Abuser, Insider Trader, War Profiteer Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein with her husband Richard Blum helped the FBI pass the unconstitutional AETA
which criminalized certain nonviolent animal rights protests.
Dianne Feinstein's Husband Richard C Blum.. On board of Vivisecting Organizations
Richard C Blum, husband of insider trader war profiteer Dianne
Feinstein, who funneled over 1 billion in contracts to him
is not only on the board of the vivisecting American Cancer Society
but in addition the man who as chair of UC's Board of Overseers
helped the FBI criminalize the 1st amendment in AETA.
Blum founded Blum Capital in 1975 and pioneered the firm’s hybrid Strategic Block/Private Equity investment strategy. Mr. Blum currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of CB Richard Ellis and is a director on the boards of directors of three other portfolio companies: Fairmont Raffles Holdings International Ltd., Current Media, L.L.C. and Myer Pty Ltd. in Australia. Mr. Blum co-founded Newbridge Capital in the early 1990s and is Co-Chairman of TPG Asia V, L.P. (the successor fund to the Newbridge franchise that has been incorporated into Texas Pacific Group). In the past, Mr. Blum has served on the boards of many prominent companies, including Northwest Airlines Corporation, Glenborough Realty Trust, Inc., Korea First Bank, URS Corporation and National Education Corporation. In addition, Mr. Blum is active in numerous non-profit organizations. He is the founder and Chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation and is Honorary Consul to Mongolia and Nepal. Mr. Blum also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
Prior to founding Blum Capital, Blum was with Sutro & Co. for seventeen years, holding various positions including director, major stockholder and member of the executive committee.
On April 25, 2009 Blum was honored with the Berkeley Medal by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgenau in front of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The talk was sponsored by his American Himalayan Foundation and the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley.
 Background and personal life
Coming from San Francisco's public schools, Blum graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his B.S. in business administration in 1958, and an MBA in 1959, both degrees coming from the Haas School of Business. Blum also studied abroad in 1957 at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria through IES Abroad.
In the 1970s, Blum supported then Mayor of San Francisco George Moscone. After Moscone's assassination, Blum supported the new mayor Dianne Feinstein; they married in 1980.
Blum joined investment brokerage Sutro & Co. at the age of 23, becoming a partner before age 30. At Sutro Blum led a partnership that acquired Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for $8m, selling it to Mattel four years later for $40m. On the back of this deal Blum started in business for himself in 1975, founding what is now Blum Capital Partners; a stake in URS Corp. was one of its first investments.
Blum's wife, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has received scrutiny due to her husband's government contracts and extensive business dealings with China and her past votes on trade issues with the country. Blum has denied any wrongdoing, however. Critics have argued that business contracts with the US government awarded to a company (Perini) controlled by Blum may raise a potential conflict-of-interest issue with the voting and policy activities of his wife. URS Corp, which Blum had a substantial stake in, bought EG&G, a leading provider of technical services and management to the U.S. military, from The Carlyle Group in 2002; EG&G subsequently won a $600m defense contract.
In 2009 it was reported that Blum's wife Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to provide $25 billion in taxpayer money to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, a government agency that had recently awarded her husband's real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis, what the Washington Times called "a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms."
On March 12, 2002, Blum was appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to a 12-year term as one of the Regents of the University of California. Blum also serves on the boards of the following companies:
CB Richard Ellis (Chairman)
Newbridge Capital (co-Chairman)
Blum is also the primary owner of Career Education Corporation.
Blum has a strong interest in Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. In 1981 he attempted to climb Mount Everest from the Tibetan side with Sir Edmund Hillary. He is the Chairman and founder of the apolitical American Himalayan Foundation, or AHF, which has given millions of dollars to build hospitals and schools in Tibet and Nepal but has refrained from political involvement with the Chinese control of Tibet.
In addition to the AHF, Blum’s not-for-profit endeavors include service as Trustee of The Carter Center; former Co-Chairman of the The World Conference of Religions for Peace; Member of Governing Council of The Wilderness Society; member of the Board of Trustees of The Brookings Institution; Member of the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society Foundation; and the founder and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley. The Center is focused on finding solutions to address the crisis of extreme poverty and disease in the developing world.
^ a b c d e f g h San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2003, Profile: Richard Blum (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5nuLszglw)
^ "Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict". Retrieved April 2, 2006.
^ Washington Times, April 21, 2009, EXCLUSIVE: Senator's husband's firm cashes in on crisis.
^ CounterPunch, 26 February 2010, DiFi and Blum: a Marriage Marinated in Money
^ Blum Biography at the University of California
 External links
Blum Capital Partners, L.P.
Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict: Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband's firms Peter Byrne, North Bay Bohemian, Jan. 24, 2007.
Blum's Plums: Conflicts of interest benefitted Blum's firms during his term as a UC Regent Peter Byrne, North Bay Bohemian, Feb. 21, 2007.