Last week we posted a letter regarding Congressman Richard Pombo and his efforts to keep your riding areas open to you. We recently got a letter disputing some of the facts from that article, and felt it would be fair to give the other side their say.Please read the e-mail below from one of our website visitors. There is always more than one side to any issue, especially major political issues like land use, and it’s always good to hear from other sides if for no other reason than to allow you to look at the issue in a different way.Take a read.
You’ve got a few facts wrong, so I thought I’d bring it to your attention.
First, it says Pombo’s raised $1 million in contributions. But according to the FEC, where it’s a crime to misreport, Pombo says he’s raised $3,521,003.21. In addition to that, the Republican Party’s thrown in another million, with additional support coming from the National Rifle Association and a couple of other groups. Here’s the link, so you don’t have to take my word for it:http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00261370/251899/
McNerney, his opponent, has had support from “outside groups” also, but probably comparable to what Pombo’s gotten. Must admit, I don’t know the actual numbers though. But McNerney’s campaign is behind Pombo having raised less than Pombo has, reporting total contributions of $1,578,894.46. Here’s that link:http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00398644/252931/
McNerney’s outraised Pombo since September 30th, when the fundraising margin was more than 3-to-1 in Pombo’s favor.
You certainly have a right to ask for people to contribute to Pombo. But is there some reason you’re putting out false numbers? Isn’t the truth good enough for you? Have you got some objection to the actual facts? Is that really too much to expect? I’m stopping short of calling you a liar, but do think you should correct the article you’ve posted with the correct numbers.
I sincerely hope you’ll do the right thing, and publish the actual numbers. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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