Blackwater background

I love the Internet with a little digging you can find out tons on nearly anyone. Today the CEO of Blackwater, Erik Prince, testifies on Capitol Hill. Blackwater is the military security firm that is undefire in Iraq for shooting first and asking questions later. Many are asking how did Blackwater get so many contracts in Iraq.

Politics, of course, and few well placed GOP contributions.

Erik Prince  (37) founded Blackwater in 1997 with money he inherited from his father, Edgar Prince, the head of Prince Automative. Daddy Edgar helped finance Gary Bauer’s Family Research Council and was a major GOP contributor. Prince’s sister, Betsy, is married to Dick DeVos, failed candidate for governor of Michigan and scion of the DeVos family, founders of Amway and major funders of Republican and conservative causes.