Saturday, October 31, 2009

Company Threatens Congressman over Earmark

Congressman Nunes decides to forgo earmarks. Allegedly, a company in his district immediately threatens to move out of the district.

On Feb. 14, 2008, after Nunes had publicly declared his intention to forgo earmark requests, Fleming called Nunes' office. In two phone calls that day, according to two senior Nunes staffers, Fleming warned that Specter Gear could move out of Visalia if the earmark requests weren't made.

Nunes considered it a threat and quietly filed his ethics committee complaint a week later. That March, Fleming sent an e-mail stating that Specter would not move out of the congressional district after all, but asked for help with a letter to the Defense Logistics Agency in support of the company's work.