Thursday, September 07, 2006

VECO & Pombo - true love in the Arctic

The stench around Richard Pombo gets nastier each day. Hard as it is to believe, it just gets worse and worse. I know he grew up on a cattle ranch and is used to stepping in cow shit, and his family must have gotten accustomed to the foul odor around him, but there is no need for the voters to keep putting a guy in office whose stench extends from the Marianas Islands to Cape Cod, and now up to Alaska.

The latest scandal to swirl around our odiferous representative is that of VECO, an Alaskan oil services company under investigation for influence-peddling (read: bribing) Alaskan legislators and for hiring Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)'s son as a "consultant" for $250,000 a year. This same company gave their friend Pombo $18,000 in contributions and catered a fundraiser for him -- and made no bones about expecting a quid pro quo on this.

As Hank Shaw says in an article in the Stockton Record today:

VECO has been one of the chief companies lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, while Pombo has been one of Congress' chief cheerleaders for drilling in the refuge since he was first elected in 1992.

I guess "cheerleading" pays off for Pombo. I can see him and Sen. Stevens (R-AK) and Rep. Barbara Cubin, and all the other paid-off oil shills forming a big pyramid, shouting "Give me a V", "Give me an E", Give me a C", "Give me an O", "What does that spell?" "Legalized bribery, oops, I mean VECO".

So here we go again, scandal after scandal after scandal with this corrupt corporate shill, who does not know the meaning of ethics and responsible public service. This guy's gotta go, this November.

Hank Shaw goes on to say:

VECO began contributing to Pombo a year after he became chairman and catered a fundraiser for him in August 2005, records show. Five company executives gave Pombo a total of $7,000 on April 27 of this year.

Nick Juliano had an excellent, detailed article last October about Alaskan oil money's influence on Pombo. See Pombo took $13,000 from Alaskan donors prior to oil drilling vote. In it, Juliano reports:

In the month before he continued to push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, took about $13,000 from donors in Alaska for his political action committee, campaign finance records show.

Donors include executives at an engineering and construction company [VECO] that likely would be at the forefront of ANWR development and an official from a Native Alaskan corporation that stood to profit from oil drilling if a 1.5 million-acre section of the reserve is opened.

And he goes on to say:

[VECO] is unabashed about its political involvement, giving money to politicians with the clout and mindset favorable to opening the arctic.

“We try to get those people elected,” VECO President Pete Leathard told Alexander’s Gas and Oil Connections, an online newsletter covering the oil industry. “We put a lot of money into the effort,” Leathard said. “We support those people, and they think pretty well like us.”

Pombo's response? "A spokesman for Pombo says the donations did not influence Pombo’s push [for ANWR development]."

Gee, I am glad that is clear now. But somehow, I like Jerry McNerney's response much better:

"It seems like every week there's some new scandal or rumor coming to light about Congressman Pombo's behavior," McNerney said. "If we want people to believe in their government, we need a new direction in Congress."

More articles, blogs on this:

Daily Kos Dick Pombo - Another Republican For Sale

TPMuckraker AK Scandal Company [VECO] Has Long History of "Influence"


Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

True love hell. Pombo knows that the oil in the pipe line heats up and the wild Elks breed better. There for Pombo wants to open a Elk feed lot that he can open and call it Pombo Elk farm. So he can feed the people while thay are working looking for oil in the artic. Then he can develop a commumity with shopping, housing, and all the other good things. Then create a city called Pombo, where he and all his thiefs can retire. He surley will have a hwy called 205 B named after the 205 A that dosn't work. Just some fun folks.

Tommy Bananas

Vote for Mc Nerney on November 7th

5:04 PM, September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Charlie Cook's latest (9/7/06) update:


OH-01 Steve Chabot, Lean Republican to Toss Up
OH-15 Deborah Pryce, Lean Republican to Toss Up
CA-11 Richard Pombo, Lean Republican to Likely Republican
OH-06 OPEN (Strickland), Lean Democratic to Likely Democratic
TX-23 Henry Bonilla, Solid Republican to Lean Republican
NH-01 Jeb Bradley, Lean Republican to Likely Republican

4 going the way we Democrats want (less favoring GOPers) and 2 (McNerney's being one) going the wrong way, despite the overwhelming national tide carrying all properly equipped boats toward Victory's shore...

11:20 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Matt said...

Hey Mr. Pombo Troll,

If Pombo's ship is in such top shape, why the heck is he spending money at home instead of spending it to raise the boats of his GOP brethren? And why the heck is the NRCC spending money in CA-11 when they have so many other races to worry about?

11:40 PM, September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


ALEXANDRIA, Virginia 22314

Purpose of Expenditure: Mailing Service
This Committee OPPOSES The Following Candidate: MCNERNEY FOR CONGRESS
Office Sought: House of Representatives
State is California in District 11
Date Expended = 09/05/2006
Person Completing Form: CHRISTOPHER J. WARD
Date Signed = 09/05/2006

Amount Expended = $38475.00
Calendar YTD Per Election for Office Sought = $56226.51

9:19 AM, September 08, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Who in the hell is Christopher J Ward. Why is he putting out such a stupid press release about Jerry Mc Nerney. About the Parties expenditure on money spent on Jerry. I sure he does not speak for the all the voters. Take this person to the curb.

Vote Mc Nerney.

Tom Benigno

1:19 PM, September 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom is right again. To the curb..preferably with a boot to the rear.

7:36 PM, September 08, 2006  

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