Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pombo In Talks To Become A Lobbyist?

Hank Shaw/Record: Pombo re-emerges

"The former House Resources chairman [Pombo] is in talks with Pac/West Communications, an Oregon-based PR and lobbying firm that has a roster of timber and energy clients.


The firm already has inked a deal with Pombo's former staff director, Steve Ding, to open a California office in the state capital of Sacramento."


Pombo genuninely liked dealing with natural resources issues, and one of his proudest achievements was steering President Bush's "Healthy Forests" initiative though Congress (with Sen. Dianne Feinstein's help) Pombo has always been sympathetic to the logging industry, so this seems like a natural fit." (source)

Grist: Pombo goes through the revolving door

"Wigley and Pac/West are no strangers to environmental reform movements. Several years ago, Wigley led Project Protect, which helped pass the Healthy Forests legislation by lobbying Congress and running advertisements and opinion pieces to influence the public in timber-rich states.


In November 2004, Pombo recognized Wigley's work with Project Protect by sending a letter [117KB PDF] to the Forest Resources Assoc. recommending Wigley for an award. "Tim's efforts in leading the grassroots campaign 'Project Protect' without question helped position the Healthy Forests Restoration Act for successful passage in the U.S. Congress," Pombo wrote. Wigley received the award and a cash prize from the association a few months later.

In August 2005, Pac/West returned the favor by hosting a fund-raiser [1.2MB PDF] for Pombo in Wilsonville, Ore., where the firm is headquartered. Around this time, the Pac/West CEO Paul Phillips, a former Oregon state senator, donated $1000 to Pombo's campaign. Members listed on IRS documents as directors for Project Protect donated an additional $3000." (source)

Roll Call: Phase Two

"Former Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.), who retired at the end of the 109th Congress, and ex-Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), who was defeated for re-election, are both closing in on new careers in the private sector. " (source)

Record: Pombo in talks to join Oregon-based lobbying firm


Blogger Verifiable said...

This is exactly why someone needs to get a hold of the information I've posted. STOP Pombo and STOP his Detroit CASINO PALS. They are the same folks who got Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign Gaming Compacts for Casinos in Barstow (compacts the legislature has refused to ratify for a year and a half). I'm not anti-casino -- just Anti-Detroit Casino Syndicators (Pals of Pombo).

A Case of Abramoff-Lite: Pombo was doing favors for his Motor City Casino friends

This post sheds new light on Pombo's 2005 All-Star Game fundraiser in Detroit and then some.

Just don't know who to get the details to ... any suggestions?

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