Contributions amounted to over $25,000 with Hidalgo Co Judge Ramon Garcia, and Commissioner Joseph Palacios as primary benefactors.
Edinburg – Yesterday, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FB) raided the McAllen office of a Houston based engineering firm. Around noon, agents stormed the Dannenbaum Engineering office, located on 1109 W. Nolan Ave. Agents were seen retrieving dozens of retention boxes from the building and loading them up in FBI vehicles. Information as to what specifically they were looking for was limited. Dannenbaum Engineering was involved with some high profile projects in Hidalgo County, specifically with the planning of the border-wall levee project in Granjeno, and were front-runners to secure the construction job for the proposed new courthouse in Edinburg. Since 2009, representatives of Dannenbaum Engineering have contributed approximately $25,000 to Hidalgo County officials, with Hidalgo Co Judge Ramon Garcia, and Commissioner Joseph Palacios as primary benefactors.
James Dannenbaum, President and CEO of Dannenbaum Engineering has contributed to both officials.
From Mr. Dannenbaum, Joseph Palacios received:
$5,000 on 03/23/10
$1,000 on 05/31/2011
$1,000 on 10/12/11
From Mr. Dannenbaum, Ramon Garcia received:
$5,000 on 09/04/2009
$2,500 on 09/26/2010
$5,000 (total) on 09/12/2011 & 09/14/2011
Louis Jones, Director of South Texas Region
From Mr. Jones, Joseph Palacios received:
$4,000 on 08/19/13
$2,000 on 10/09/2013
$2,500 on 10/23/15
Dannenbaum received construction contract for restoration in Joseph Palacios precinct 4 back in March of 2014.
At this time, the FBI has not disclosed whether any arrest will be made in result of their search or what will be discovered. Meanwhile, Dannenbaum; who is the leading contender for the new courthouse project may be in jeopardy of losing the gig, according to County Judge Ramon Garcia, who commented on yesterdays raids.