The Congressman for Red Lobster (R)
October 20, 2005
WASHINGTON, October 18, 2005 Ã¢â‚¬â€ A powerful member of Congress may have broken the law by not paying taxes on foreign trips paid for by a shadowy private foundation in large part bankrolled by the parent company of the Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurant chains, the Center for Public Integrity has discovered.Cernig adds, "Rep. Pombo, you may recall, is the man who pushed legislation that critics claim will gut the Endangered Species Act. His staffers have also drafted a working document that suggests some 16 national parks be sold off for development to close the budget gap. The trips funded by IFCNR were to whaling conferences."
Rep. Richard Pombo, a California Republican who is chairman of the House Resources Committee, has taken at least two foreign trips costing more than $23,000 that were paid for by the nonprofit International Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources.