Sunday, October 15, 2006

Richard Pombo: Focus On Corruption

Check out US News and World Report for national reporting about Pombo's ties to corruption:
In other places, demographic changes have made Republicans vulnerable. In California's 11th District, which encompasses the Central Valley, a stream of independent and moderate voters from the Bay Area and the Silicon Valley have diluted Republican Rep. Richard Pombo's conservative agricultural base. University of California-Berkeley political science Prof. Bruce Cain says that Pombo's fate might be in the hands of those newcomers, concerned about Pombo's conservative environmental policies and his ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Pombo got roughly $43,000 in donations from Abramoff and his associates. Recent press reports have also focused on an oil firm called VECO Corp., which has contributed about $18,000 to Pombo's re-election campaign. The company is named in an FBI investigation into political corruption in Alaska. Pombo challenger Jerry McNerney is concentrating his grass-roots campaign on the district's new housing developments.

Veco Corporation is not located in Pombo's District, of course, but in Anchorge, Alaska.


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