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League of Conservation Voters and California League of Conservation Voters Release "Rep. Pombo's Family & Friends Network"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683; Mark Sokolove, (202) 785-8683; Rico Mastrodonato (CLCV), 510-271-0900 x315 October 26, 2005  

OAKLAND, CA – In anticipation of a House Resources Committee vote this week that could open the Arctic Refuge and more of America's coasts to drilling, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) today released "Rep. Richard Pombo's Family & Friends Network," a report analyzing how Rep. Pombo (CA-11) has abused his power to put corporate special interests and his own personal agenda ahead of his constituents. 

The report urges Rep. Pombo's constituents in California's 11th congressional district to use extra cell phone minutes to call the congressman and ask why they are left out of his "special" network.

"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." 

"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.

Today, LCV and CLCV are informing hundreds of constituents disregarded by Pombo in CA-11 about the report and urging them to use either their extra cell phone minutes, a home phone or email to contact the congressman and ask him why they are excluded from his "Family & Friends Network."

Click here to view the report.

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