It is amazing how blatantly corrupt Pombo is, yet we have newspapers and editors (esp. Tracy Press) protecting him and praising him in editorials, instead of doing their job and investigating all the crap that he pulls off. So here is a story for any journalists out there to pursue (and this is just one of many). How much clearer does it have to be to see how Pombo operates?:
FROM FEDERAL ELECTION COMMITTEE RECORDS:
8/09/2003 - Off Road Business Assoc (El Cajon, CA), gave Pombo $1000
8/11/2003 - Off Road Warehouse (San Diego, CA), gave Pombo $1000
8/12/2003 - Southern Motorcycle (San Diego, CA), , gave Pombo $1000
8/13/2003 - Off Road Business Assoc (Lakeside, CA), gave Pombo $2000
8/17/2003 - Cycle Parts (La Mesa, CA), gave Pombo $1000
8/18/2003 - Dune Buggy Enterprises (Whittier, CA), gave Pombo $500
8/18/2003 - McMillin Homes (Lakeside, CA), gave Pombo $500 (Corey McMillin was a major supporter of the Off Road Business Association)
8/18/2003 - Michelle Cassella (Perris, CA), gave Pombo $500 (on Board of Directors of District 37, American Motorcyclist Association)
ON 8/18/2003, POMBO HOLDS "CONGRESSIONAL HEARING" AT SEA WORLD IN SAN DIEGO ON CALIFORNIA DESERT -- and the only witnesses are off-road industry reps (see donation list above) and local anti-environmental politicians!
ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICIANS LABEL INDUSTRY RALLY A "CONGRESSIONAL HEARING" — Reps. Pombo & Radanovich Allow Only Industry Groups and Hostile Local Politicians; Greens Boycott
SAN DIEGO--Shunning environmentalists and the local Congressman, U.S. Reps. Richard Pombo and George Radanovich will host a meeting August 18 at Sea World. The so-called Congressional hearing will focus on the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA), especially the controversial Algodones (Imperial) Sand Dunes. Only off-road industry representatives and local anti-environmental politicians have been invited to participate. There will be no environmental voice included in a panel of "stakeholders," and the Congressman for Imperial County, Bob Filner, was not invited to participate. Environmentalists will boycott the event.
"They are missing a chance to get the full story--clearly this is not a legitimate hearing to gather information from all sides of the issue," said Daniel Patterson, Center for Biological Diversity ecologist who formerly worked with BLM in the California Desert. "Pombo's dishonest and divisive one-sided 'hearing' is un-American and anti-democracy. It is nothing more than an anti-environmental rally for destructive industries that want America's scenic public lands all to themselves. They want excess, not access."