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Richard Pombo's Family and Friend's Network, a new report by the League of Conservation Voters, was released today.

Major findings on the flip.

Rep. Richard Pombo's Family & Friends Network" catalogues the various legislative payoffs that benefit both his friends, such as big oil companies and greedy developers, and his family's own financial situation.  In addition, the report documents Rep. Pombo's numerous ethical lapses and his close ties to indicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX).  In sharp contrast, the report also outlines how Rep. Pombo recklessly ignores problems in his district, such as out-of-control traffic and rising gas prices, and pursues policies that actually harm the quality of life of his constituents in the 11th district.

"Almost every day, Representative Richard Pombo is in news.  Unfortunately, as our report outlines, the news is not about serving the interests of his constituents or his district, but the most recent scandal he is involved in or the latest bill he is proposing to weaken our environmental protections," said Tony Massaro, LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs.

"Rep. Pombo has been working for the corporate special interests, instead of working hard for the citizens who elected him to Congress.  That is why we are urging constituents to use their cell phone minutes to ask the congressman why they are not in his 'Family & Friends Network.'"

"Representative Pombo has a record of abusing his power to put his own personal agenda and the interests of corporate special interests ahead of his constituents.  From proposing the sale of our national parks to the highest bidder to pushing legislation designed to help his own family, to attempts to drill off our coastline, Rep. Pombo has abused his power in Congress to pay off his 'Network of Family and Friends,'" said Susan Smartt, CLCV Executive Director.  "Rep. Pombo ought to be paying attention to his constituents, not his corporate cronies."

- Truly, Richard Pombo is losing his ability of fly Under the Radar.

I hope the DNC is paying attention. This could be one of the most important races of 2006.

Download the full report here (.pdf).

Originally posted to greendem on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 10:25 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  note (none)
    the report is in PDF form--but well worth the time and effort!
  •  This guy is a scumbag (none)
    His efforts to gut the environment are bad enough:

    -Coastal Oil Drilling
    -Gutting the Endangered Species Act

    "Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."
    -Sun-tzu, The Art of War.

    by I like Ike on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 10:28:08 AM PDT

  •  Hooray for the LCV! (none)
    I'm an LCV member and do a little volunteering with them. Sounds like they're getting aggressive!

    "How freeing it must be to walk through this world heeding neither conscience nor soul." - the rude pundit, 5/4/05

    by pattyp on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 10:34:54 AM PDT

  •  Pombo's district (none)
    is going to be a hard one for the Dems to make headway in.  Tracy is one of the cities in his district, a city that is known for being home in northern CA to the KKK.

    Having said that there is a good chance, with some money from the DCCC, that Pombo can be toast.

    "September 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country." Judge Gerald Tjoflat

    by SanJoseLady on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 10:35:52 AM PDT

    •  The district (CA-11) was redrawn recently. (none)
      New population includes East Bay folks who are more progressive and really hate his attacks on the Endangered Species Act. Pombo does not represent these people.

      He could have a fight on his hands this time if national money flows, and Bay Area Dems volunteer time to defeat him.

      Here is the new district.

  •  Does anyone know if (none)
    Pete Mccloskey is in this race and planning on challenging Pombo in the primary. This would certainly help drain off some of Pombo's warchest. Steve Filson looks promising as a Navy Vet/airline pilot and it looks like Filson is raising money.
  •  For those interested: (none)
    The Center for Public Integrity wrote a report on this too: Link

    Rep. Richard Pombo, a California Republican who is chairman of the House Resources Committee, has taken at least two foreign trips costing more than $23,000 that were paid for by the nonprofit International Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources.

    Experts on tax issues said the law requires Pombo to return the costs of the foreign trips to the foundation. If not, both the foundation and the member of Congress could face stiff penalties from the IRS.

    In case you don't know what an utter prick he is:
    Pombo recently pushed legislation through (pdf) the House which critics claim will gut the landmark Endangered Species Act.

    He also has drawn fire for a working document drafted by staffers on one of the subcommittees of his House Resources Committee that suggests 16 national parks be sold off for development in order to close a budget gap.

    we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888) -8.25; -6.41

    by Tirge Caps on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 10:55:15 AM PDT

  •  Challenging Pombo (4.00)
    Jerry McNerney is running against Pombo.  He ran last election, I believe as kind of a last minute candidate, and did better than expected.  He is involved in alternative energy sources.  This is his web site.

    Another guy, Scott Chacon is running as well.  His web site:

  •  Pombo's Eddie Hasskel type brother (none)
    Is in Dist 4 - Doolittle. We need to support each other. Check out
    Good articles on the challengers and on Doolittle's connections to Delay and Abramoff The comments in October have some good links you all could use.
  •  i really wish machado hadn't bowed out (none)
    he could have given pombo a run for his money. i firmly believe that this race is winnable if it gets decent funding, and if (big if)whatever candidate that emerges from the primary has the common sense to bone up on ag and water issues enough to not look like a stereotypical bay area city slicker. our win in the eleventh will come from turning out the moderate, good government environmentally minded tri-valley bay area commuters, but in order to pull it off our guy must also be able to at least make a decent showing in the san joaquin. knowing the territory is a precondition to making a credible challenge, and rest assured, you're going to be asked about levees, sprawl and farm issues by the local media. start practicing those answers now, guys.

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Wed Oct 26, 2005 at 11:26:53 AM PDT

  •  I just hope (none)
    his assault on the ESA goes down with him....The east Bay area needs to start hammering this guy.

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