Thursday, February 09, 2006

'Pombo charges taxpayers for vacation' and calls it "legitimate"

Tracy Press: 'Pombo charges taxpayers for vacation

In summer 2003, just after he was named chairman of the House Resources Committee, Rep. Richard Pombo loaded the family in an RV for “two weeks on vacation” traveling around the West.

Documents obtained by the Tracy Press show taxpayers covered most of his expenses.

“This August, my family and I rented an RV and set out to explore the West,” Pombo, R-Tracy, wrote in a 2003 article posted on the Resources Committee’s Web site.

“We spent two weeks on vacation, stopping along the way to enjoy the splendor of many of our national parks.”

Pombo was reimbursed $4,935.87 to rent the RV and spent $1,500.51 on a government credit card for “travel subsistence” during a two-week span from July 27 to Aug. 11, 2003, according to a Resources Committee spending ledger obtained by the Press.

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-And now the Tracy Press front page reads; 'Pombo's answers raise questions' and links to an article containing Pombo's response:

“This is a legitimate thing that was work all the way through, and it was not a personal trip,” Pombo said of the excursion...


...a list of parks Pombo visited during the trip: Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Joshua Tree national parks in California; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; the Grand Canyon in Arizona; and Mount Rushmore and Badlands national parks in South Dakota.

During that time, Pombo also met with at least six Indian tribes in South Dakota and visited properties owned by the Bureau of Land Management...


But officials from at least two parks Pombo says he visited have no recollection of him making an appearance...


On Thursday, Steve Filson, a Democratic candidate in Pombo’s 11th Congressional District, sent a letter to the House Administration Committee, which oversees spending by other committees, requesting an investigation into the trip.

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