President of Judicial Watch asks Boehner to just say no on Jerry Lewis

November 16, 2010 10:01

Judicial Watch says Rep. Lewis is not fit to be the chair of the House Appropriations Committee due to unethical steering of funds to contributors.

In his letter to Boehner President Tom Fitton points out that Rep. Lewis was on the Judicial Watch “Washington’s Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2008 list.

He quotes from that list regarding Rep. Lewis:

“Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA): Rep. Lewis may share a name with a worldrenowned comedian, but there’s nothing funny about his addiction to influence peddling and earmarking. Lewis, the senior Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, is under investigation for approving hundreds of millions of dollars in federal projects to benefit clients of one of his best friends, lobbyist and former Congressman Bill Lowery. According to press reports, Lowery, partners in his company and their clients donated approximately 37% of the funds collected by Lewis’ campaign PAC over a six-year period (an estimated $480,000) in return. Lowery has benefited handsomely from his relationship to Lewis. His company more than tripled its income between 1998 and 2004 with help from Lewis, while increasing its client base from 21 clients to 101 over that same time period. Despite these allegations, Lewis maintains his high-ranking position on the House Appropriations Committee.”

Preventing Lewis from holding such an important position would show the American people that the new GOP leadership is serious about corruption and influence peddling.

If you agree call Rep. John Boehner directly at 202-225-6205 and your congressman at the Congressional switchboard 202-224-3121.

~ Editor

Read the entire letter to Rep. Boehner here:

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