TCA (my initials)

April 22, 2007

getting to know my neighbor

Filed under: Doodling — TCA @ 4:18 pm

“Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is the ranking Republican member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. He is also facing an FBI investigation. Two of his colleagues, Rick Renzi (R-AZ) and John Doolittle (R-CA), gave up their coveted seats on influential House Committees after the FBI raided Renzi’s business and Doolittle’s home this week.” So said CREW last week.

I live in Riverside, California. Congressman Jerry Lewis represents neighboring Redlands. He was chairman of the House Appropriations Committee until January of this year.

In California, it was time for payback against U.S. attorney Carol Lam, who had prosecuted Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham in the most flagrant corruption case involving a member of Congress. Her probe was expanding to encompass the dealings of Rep. Jerry Lewis, another California Republican. On May 11, 2006, [former Chief of Staff to Attorney General Gonzales] Sampson e-mailed the White House Counsel’s Office regarding “the real problem we have right now with Carol Lam.” Soon, she was axed, one of the eight.

So said Sidney Blumenthal in Salon last month.

“Lewis tops the other members of California’s congressional delegation in contributions from lobbyists since 2000, averaging $172,248 per cycle from K Street.” So said Clean Up Washington last year.

Redlands is a lovely town in which to go for a stroll. Sunshine. Orange groves. Roadside stands selling fresh tomatoes. The Highlands District has some of the finest old mansions I’ve ever seen.

On June 29, 2006, the San Bernardino Sun reported that a top technology firm, ESRI, has received a subpoena in the ongoing investigation into Lewis (R-Calif.) and his ties to [the now-defunct lobbying firm of] Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White. From 2001 to 2006, Lewis “earmarked more than $90 million for ESRI projects that included defense intelligence systems such as database mapping to assist in rebuilding war-torn Iraq.” From 2000 to 2005 ESRI paid the Lowery firm $360,000 in fees to lobby Congress.

So said the Sunlight Foundation last year.

Pertinent Links:

Gonzales aide called prosecutor a ‘real problem’
[Los Angeles Times]
Rep. Jerry Lewis news archive
[New York Times]
Lowery lobbying firm controversy
[Wikipedia]
Rep. Jerry Lewis reference webpage
[TPM Muckraker]
Hall of Shame
[Clean Up Washington]

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