Friday, April 07, 2006

A couple of articles on dirty money that mention Pombo

The Hill:

"Thirteen House Republicans already have returned or plan to return contributions they took from lobbyist Tony Rudy, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy last week and joins former cohort Jack Abramoff as a possible witness in the government’s expanding corruption probe of lawmakers and their aides.


Rudy pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy, agreeing to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into a widespread bribery and fraud scheme spearheaded by disgraced GOP lobbyist Abramoff.

Rudy spread his contributions among a wide swath of the GOP conference, giving $48,500 since 2001 to four members of leadership, two committee chairmen and then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Rudy’s boss from 1995 to 2000.


Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), who has also come under fire for his ties to Abramoff’s lobbying operation, has given his $1,250 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stockton, Calif., campaign strategist Wayne Robinson said." (More-At-Source)

Seattle Times:
"Arctic oil-drilling supporters are rallying behind Republican Senate candidate Mike McGavick of Seattle for a fundraiser organized by Alaska's most powerful politicians.


...23 special patrons listed on the invitation are a who's who in Alaska politics and commerce, particularly in the energy industry.


Arctic Power's leaders include Bill Allen, owner of VECO, a giant Alaskan construction company that stands to gain from opening ANWR. His firm, and others on the patron list, gave money to another organization — Alaska to America Energy Initiative — that also lobbies for ANWR drilling, according to the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan group that advocates for campaign reform.

Allen and his firm contributed heavily in 2005 to Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Resources Committee, according to news reports. Pombo was the key congressman pushing ANWR drilling in the House." (Source)


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