FBI agents on Wednesday raided the offices of Dannenbaum Engineering, a Houston-based firm that has given tens of thousands in political donations to candidates and bond measure advocate groups and performed services for school districts, utility districts and airports.
Agents hit Dannenbaum’s Houston office as well as its outposts in Laredo and San Antonio. They also reportedly entered the City Hall Annex in Laredo, the Laredo Public Works Department and a Webb County office, according to FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee.
Fox 26 in Houston cited an FBI source as saying Dannenbaum is the target of the raids.
“Dannenbaum Engineering, one of the state’s premier firms for infrastructure planning and design, is cooperating with federal authorities regarding government requests for information. Company management is investigating the basis of the government requests. We are uncertain whether the inquiry is focused on the company’s activities or those of its business competitors. We intend to comment further when appropriate.”
Dannenbaum is the custodian of maps for numerous utility districts in Fort Bend County.
The head of the company, James Dannenbaum, has long been a generous political donor, giving tens of thousands of dollars to Houston city council members, state lawmakers and various politicos around the state.
In 2007, Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the University of Texas System Board of Regents. In 2011, Mother Jones magazine named him as one of the top ten in a list of “crony capitalists” connected to Perry.
Dannenbaum Engineering has offices in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Laredo, El Paso, Fort Worth, McAllen and San Antonio.
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