Thursday, February 09, 2006

Lawmakers request audit of Pombo aide

From the Contra Costa Times:
'Lawmakers request audit of Pombo aide

Two East Bay congressional Democrats have asked a House panel to investigate the travel of Rep. Richard Pombo's top aide, who has spent more than $87,000 in public money in the past three years commuting from Stockton to Washington, D.C.

Pombo, R-Tracy, also has asked the Administration Committee chairman to determine if the travel of the aide, Steven Ding, is proper.

The requests were made after a Jan. 15 report in the Times that Ding, the Resources Committee chief of staff, commutes nearly weekly between Washington, D.C., where the committee is based, and Stockton, where he lives. His hotel and airfare costs are paid from Pombo's personal staff budget, which is funded by taxpayers.

In a Feb. 1 letter, Reps. George Miller of Martinez and Ellen Tauscher of Alamo wrote that Ding's travel "may be in violation of numerous rules of the House and committee regulations." They released the letter Tuesday.


The Contra Costa Times has been doing a feature on Pombo, Here's a list of recent articles from them, compiled by SayNoToPombo and then the Jerry McNerney blog last month:
Pombo at Core of Ethics Debate
Capital Cowboy
Pombo’s Environmental Claims
Pombo’s Fund-Raising Efforts
Pombo’s Ethical Standards
Pombo Timeline
Q & A — Reader Forum


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