Lungren’s Earmark Requests for Donors Called Example of What’s Wrong in Washington

Campaign Money Watch

New report, called “Lungren’s Give-to-Get Earmarks,” details five 2009-2010 requests were all to help Lungren’s campaign donors

 

Full report at www.campaignmoney.org/danlungren

Washington, D.C.—All of Rep. Dan Lungren’s 2010 earmark requests were for those who contributed money to his re-election campaign, according to a new report released today by Campaign Money Watch. In total, Rep. Lungren has received nearly $52,000 in campaign contributions from the executives, PACs, and lobbyists representing the companies for whom he requested millions in earmarks.

“Rep. Dan Lungren is part of the problem in Washington,” said David Donnelly, director of Campaign Money Watch. “He has requested tens of millions in taxpayer money on behalf of executives and lobbyists who have given him campaign contributions, and instead of working to fix the problem, he’s speaking out in the special interest system’s defense.”

Rep. Lungren has requested $85 million in earmarks since 2009, and has received more than $51,950 in campaign cash from those companies.  In one instance, after an earmark was requested, the employees of that company, held a fundraiser for Rep. Lungren months later. The report is available online at www.campaignmoney.org/danlungren.

“Just a few weeks ago in committee, Rep. Lungren voted against legislation that would sever the ties between special interest money and members of Congress,” said Donnelly. “In Dan Lungren’s world, he sees no problem with donors who give him money and his efforts to get them taxpayer-funded earmarks. This ‘give-to-get’ scheme may benefit him and his special interest donors, but it just deepens the public’s cynicism about how Washington works well for big money players but poorly for the rest of us.”

A week ago, Campaign Money Watch launched a new TV ad highlighting another questionable fundraising activity of Rep. Dan Lungren: taking a vacation to Hawaii, and finding a loophole to allow special interests to pay for it.