Wednesday, October 18, 2006

McNerney to Pombo: You've got Mail

Citing Doolittle and Ney, McNerney calls on Pombo to make public all correspondence with Jack Abramoff

McNerney for Congress

"Citing recently released emails highlighting Julie Doolittle's interest in working for Jack Abramoff and Rep. Bob Ney's guilty plea on corruption charges, Jerry McNerney today called on Richard Pombo to make public all correspondence with Jack Abramoff. According to Marianas Variety News, Micronesia's leading newspaper, the Department of Justice has subpoenaed Pombo's email related to his relationship with Abramoff and the Northern Mariana Islands. Reviews of Abramoff emails to Pombo have identified at least five instances in which Abramoff provided Pombo staffers with complimentary tickets to the circus, a National Hockey League game, and several World Wrestling Federation events.

Abramoff and his clients also contributed more than $43,000 to Pombo in return for legislative action. In 2004, for example, Pombo ushered a bill through the Committee on Resources that helped an Abramoff client, the Mashpee Wampanoag Indians tribe, gain federal recognition and special benefits. On the same day Abramoff donated $5,000 to Pombo's political action committee, Rich PAC, six tribe members did the same, contributing a total of $12,000. To date, the tribe has contributed at least $20,000 to Pombo – none of which Pombo has returned or donated to charity.

"I'm calling Richard Pombo's bluff," said McNerney. "Pombo has said he's 'not afraid' of addressing his relationship with disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff. If so, Pombo should immediately come clean about his dealings with Abramoff and release any and all correspondence between Abramoff and his associates and Pombo and his staff. If Pombo has nothing to hide, he'll oblige and make public all communication. But if the truth won't set him free, Pombo will cut and run from his obligation to level with his constituents." (source)


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