I'm hoping we'll be able to dig more deeply into the particulars later. But I want to call your attention to three articles today by Copley News Service's Jerry Kammer in today's San Diego Union-Tribune
. The articles focus on Rep. Jerry Lewis
(R-CA) and the web of ties he maintains with friendly lobbyists and the federal money he steers in their direction through congressional 'earmarks'.
The articles focus specifically on the relationship between Rep. Lewis and former (and mildly disgraced
) Rep.-turned-lobbyist Bill Lowery
Lowery got tagged in the House Bank scandal from 1992 and before that he had uncomfortably close ties
with a Texas S&L huckster named Don Dixon. And he got forced into a primary against our friend Duke Cunningham. Eventually he had to bow out of the race in favor of Duke since he was the too ethically-compromised of the two candidates. So that gives you some sense of where we're at on this one. After leaving Congress he decided to go into the lobbying biz full-time.
explains how Lowery and Lewis then went, in effect, into business together.
Cozy little world those So Cal Republicans are living in.