Monday, May 22, 2006


Tracy Press: Into the endangered zone (source)

LA Times: 2 GOP Seats Unusually Competitive (source)

The Record: Politics turns to war in Pombo's district (source)


The Record: "In the 31/2 years since Rep. Richard Pombo became chairman of the House Resources Committee, he has emerged as one of the Congress' loudest cheerleaders for expanding domestic energy supplies.

Pombo's efforts have been rewarded.Eleven cents of every dollar Pombo, R-Tracy, has collected for his re-election campaign has come from the oil and energy industry, a Record analysis has found.

That's more than $212,000, and more is expected when a new set of federal campaign-finance reports becomes public this week.

Pombo's campaign featured his efforts to increase oil shale production on the invitation to a fund-raiser headlined by Vice President Dick Cheney scheduled for today; Cheney's former employer, Halliburton Co., is one of the world's leading energy-services corporations. (source)

Tracy Press: The pesticide industry’s trade association “worked as a coalition partner to advance ESA modernization language in the House Resources Committee,” according to the 2005 annual report of CropLife America, a trade association that represents pesticide producers and others in the plant science industry.

Roundup Weedkiller manufacturer and pesticide giant Monsanto gave more than $100,000 to the International Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, Internal Revenue Service filings show. Records also indicate Monsanto gave $2,000 to Pombo’s election campaigns.

Pombo also happens to be the International Foundation’s honorary founding governor.

The foundation spent $10,093 in 2000 to send Pombo and his wife on a “fact-finding” trip to New Zealand, and $7,594 in 2002 to send Pombo to Japan to chair a meeting that called for whale hunting to be resumed.
This followed donations to the International Foundation totaling more than $88,000 by the Japan Whaling Association and Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research.

The group’s co-founder John Aquilino, said the foundation is a coalition of enemies of environmental groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Humane Society and Greenpeace.

These environmental groups target Red Lobster, among other corporations, saying the seafood chain buys snow crabs from Canadian seal clubbers. Red Lobster’s parent company, Darden Restaurants, gave more than a half million dollars to the foundation and gave $5,000 to Pombo’s election campaigns." (source)

"Darden gave $40,000 to the National Restaurant Association’s political action committee, which gave $4,500 to Pombo.

Trapper and fur groups gave more than $280,000 to the foundation.
Hunter lobbying group Safari Club International gave $25,000 to Pombo’s campaigns, paid for Pombo to travel to Reno, Denver and Las Vegas at least seven times between 1998 and 2004, and paid Pombo’s wife, Annette, $4,676 in 2000 and 2001 for secretarial services. Pombo said last year that he shares a bank account with his wife." (source)

Tracy Press: Pombo campaign calls out the big guns (source)

Calitics: 15% Pombo? Pombo has admitted following 15% Doolittle's lead. (source)

Defenders Of Wildlife: Debunking Pombo Propaganda (source)

Assosciated Press: Pombo faces greatest test (source)

The Record: Energy surge kicks up Pombo's campaign cash (source)

Sierra Club Blasts Pombo for Oil Payments (source)


Tracy Press: True GOP conservationists (source)

The Record: Environmentalists back McCloskey (source)


MyDD Conversation with CA-11 Candidate Jerry McNerney (source)



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