Sunday, September 03, 2006

Dirty Dick Pombo News Round Up

Richard Pombo

How Much Did You Pay For Pombo To Send You Political Mailers?
"Rep. Richard Pombo, the Republican representing San Joaquin County and nearby areas, spent $46,786 on franked mail." (source)

"Many of Pombo’s constituents received up to two pieces of direct mail from his congressional office that had all the hallmarks of a political campaign mail piece. One mail piece, called “Putting Families First”, apparently targeted only women voters who are considered in this CA-11 election to be a critical “swing” voting bloc. The other, called “Transportation Update,” was apparently sent to all voters to coincide with the visit by the Bush-appointed Transportation Secretary Maria Cino that week." (source)

"In a separate occasion on August 16, Pombo was spotted by protesters from Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund and Political Action at the Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill where Pombo drove himself to in the luxury Lincoln LS paid for by taxpayers to speak to a partisan political event sponsored by the Contra Costa County Republican Party." (source)

Pombo & Oil Drilling
"Feinstein said the bill, sponsored by California Rep. Richard W. Pombo (R-Tracy), would result in new oil drilling along the coast. Pombo, who chairs the House Resources Committee, guided the legislation through the House while the Senate passed a separate bill that extends an oil-drilling ban off western Florida to 2022, but does not offer the same protection for California." (source)

Keepin' It In The Family
"When Richard Pombo holds his big-top fundraiser in the Comcast Skybox at the circus in Stockton this weekend, his family will be part of the high-wire act. Pombo has a history of paying his family fees out of campaign contributions. And the current cash circus appears to be no different with wife Annette selling the $300 family tickets for the event.


Hank Shaw, of the Stockton Record says, "Federal records show that Rep. Richard Pombo used campaign funds to pay his wife and brother a total of $255,916 over the past two years -- or 25 cents for every dollar the Tracy Republican raised for his re-election effort."

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission also show Pombo's campaign paid the congressman's wife, Annette, an additional $39,938 from 2001 to 2002. His brother Randall received $169,299 during the same period, bringing the total payments to the family since 2001 to $465,153. "And that's not peanuts," quipped McNerney.

FEC regulations permit salary payments to family members for "bona fide, campaign-related services," according to a 2001 advisory opinion. However, "Spending 25 percent of what you raise on two staffers, especially when they happen to be relatives, raises some serious questions," observes Larry Noble of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks federal campaign financing. As Fred Wertheimer of the Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group Democracy 21 observes, "This adds up to a quarter-million dollars, which is nearly two times as much as a member of Congress makes." He also noted Pombo's contributors probably did not intend for him to spend so much of their money on his wife and brother.

But Pombo's contributors may not mind, as long as he continues to protect their interests. In the campaign cycle that ended in 2004, nearly two-thirds of his $1.1 million in gifts came from energy, agribusiness and developers." (source)

Jerry McNerney: Three-ring Pombo Cash Circus Comes to Stockton (source)

SNTP: Pombo Violates The Hatch Act (source)

Defenders of Wildlife: Congressman Richard Pombo again uses taxpayer funds for his personal political benefit (source)

LA Times: Feinstein Urges Defeat of (Pombo) Oil-Drilling Legislation (source)
Pete McCloskey: Does Pombo need this support? (source)

Jerry McNerney

"Jerry McNerney is a nationally recognized expert in wind engineering and renewable energy, with a PhD in mathematics. During his career in wind energy, McNerney's work contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30 million barrels of oil, or 8.3 million tons of carbon dioxide - the main greenhouse gas - as well as other harmful pollutants. The Democratic nominee for California's 11th Congressional District, Jerry has been married for 29 year and has three grown children." (source)

Howie Klein/FDL: Jerry McNerney Turning Northern CA a Deeper Shade of Blue (source)

SNTP: Sunday On The Ranch With Jerry (source)

Progressive Alamedan: Come Meet Jerry McNerney in Alameda! (source)

The Iraq War & The 11th C.D.

"Since the Iraq war began, Congressman Richard Pombo (R-Tracy) has joined Republicans in Congress to spend more than $300 billion on President Bush’s failed [Iraq] policy… The cost of the war to taxpayers in the 11th Congressional District is more than $974 million and counting." (source)

"It's well-known that five Tracy citizens have died in the Iraqi conflict, but now a nonprofit group has worked out each Tracy citizen has paid more than $1,000 for the war.

Tracy’s taxpayers have shelled out $89 million for the Iraq war, for which five Tracy soldiers have given their lives, according to calculations announced by a national nonprofit group.

That’s about $1,100 for every man, woman and child living here." (source)

Tracy Press: War costs mount (source)

Argus: challenges Pombo on home turf (source)

SNTP: War Is Hell (source)

Other Stuff

Defenders of Wildlife changed the design of their Pombo's In Their Pocket website. Check It Out.

SF Chronicle: Democratic Congress no longer a long shot (source)

Huffington Post: Campaign 2006 - Sweet 16 Congressional Races (source)

SF Chronicle: GOP candidates keep Bush out of the picture (source)


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