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League of Conservation Voters Statement on Rep. Heather Wilson's Refusal to Return Tainted Campaign Contribution

Contact: Kristin Lee, (202) 785-8683 or August 17, 2007  


WASHINGTON, DC - According to a recent news report, Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) does not plan "at this time" to return several thousand dollars in political contributions from a prominent Republican donor, Alan Fabian, who was charged last week on 23 counts of money laundering, obstruction of justice, perjury, and bankruptcy and mail fraud charges.  Rep. Wilson received more money from Mr. Fabian than from any other member of Congress.  Today, League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Senior Vice President Tony Massaro issued this statement in response to this news:  

"Representative Heather Wilson's inclusion on a list of politicians who accepted tainted money from a corrupt donor and her refusal to return the tainted campaign contribution is about as surprising as the revelation that the name of this day will end in a "y."
Some of Rep. Wilson's ethically challenged past behavior includes:

  • Rep.  Wilson has consistently voted for the interests of Big Oil and  lobbyists ahead of the people of New Mexico, taking their money and voting for  industry tax breaks while they make record profits and the people of New Mexico pay record prices at the pump.
  • Last  year alone, Rep. Wilson was named to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in  Washington's "20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress" list and has earned a  repeat spot on the League of Conservation Voters "Dirty Dozen" list. 

  • Rep.  Wilson is linked to the U.S. Attorney General scandal and the House Ethics  Committee has indicated that they may launch an investigation into her  involvement.
  • Rep. Wilson also took over  $65,000 from indicted Congressman Tom Delay (R-TX), though she only returned a  fraction of it.  
    While Rep. Wilson voted for the recent ethics reform legislation, she is behaving just as she always has, and her failure to return Mr. Fabian's tainted contributions is just the latest example.
    New Mexico residents deserve elected officials who will represent their interests, not special interests.  It's time for Rep. Wilson to go."

    The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the independent political voice for the environment. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV's mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies. For more information, please visit us on the web at <> . 

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