Amazing but True: Pombo in Trouble

Richard Pombo, the anti-enviro zealot who first came to Congress in the anti-Clinton "wave" election of l994, now faces losing power in the anti-Bush wave election of 2006.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy–or a bigger liar.

For the full story, check out this superb piece from the LATimes earlier this year by Bettina Boxall, which may have been the first to fully document Pombo’s claim that Jack Abramoff "never lobbied me on anything." Pombo has continued with this lie (You Tube) even though the record shows otherwise, as that far-left rag Forbes magazine reported expertly.   

One interesting note: according to this financial statement, Pombo is only the 191st wealthiest person in the Congress, with assets in the range of $450,000 to 950,000. Yet according to OpenSecrets, a watchdog group that compiles Federal Election Commission data, the Pombo campaign has taken in nearly $3.5 million in just the last year alone.

Could a man considered one of the most corrupt members of Congress really have failed to line his pockets at all?

Seems unlikely, doesn’t it? Pombo’s financial disclosure statement to the House is on-line. It’s remarkably bland, and claims he took no gifts, no honoraria, and had no outside income.

Here’s doubting. For more on why enviros are daring to hope that Pombo might actually lose, check out this thorough report from Amanda Griscom Little in Grist.

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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