Date: April 30, 2012 Contact: Ashlee Springer at 719-930-3964
LAMBORN FUNNELS MILLIONS IN TAX DOLLARS TO CAMPAIGN DONORS
Blaha responds by launching “Earmark Madness” Media Campaign
Robert Blaha, Republican candidate for Congress in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, announced on Monday the launch of a new television and radio campaign targeting incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn’s record of congressional earmark spending- a record that includes millions in taxpayer dollars that Lamborn funneled to some of his biggest campaign contributors.
The ad campaign, entitled “Earmark Madness”, includes a radio commercial featuring nationally-recognized conservative pundits Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck expressing their disdain for earmarks. Ads will run in the 5th Congressional District throughout the next few weeks.
Lamborn, a leading earmarker for the past several years, ironically made his conservative voting record the centerpiece of his re-election campaign, arguing that it is his record that sets him apart from his cohorts in Washington. In the ads, however, the Blaha campaign points to the Congressman’s generous earmarking record as evidence that Lamborn is not the conservative he claims to be.
“The Congressman asserts that he is a rock solid conservative, but his eye-popping record of earmarking for big dollar donors tells a very different story. The Congressman’s earmark madness is neither conservative, nor right, ” said Blaha For Congress Campaign Manager Tamra Farah.
On June 17, 2011 The Gazette reported that Lamborn requested “…tens of millions in contracts for companies that donated to his campaign.” The Gazette report included a detailed list of Lamborn donors, Lamborn earmark requests, and contracts awarded. For example, a $500 donor to the Lamborn campaign received a $1.6 million government contract, an $11,000 Lamborn donor received $7.52 million, and a $1,250 Lamborn donor received $800,000. In the same article, it was reported that Doug Lamborn said earmarks were “a symbol of wasteful spending and corruption”.
Read The Gazette article here.
The Colorado Independent previously reported that Congressman Lamborn “has been earmark crazy since he arrived in Washington in 2007″ and “has been a major dealer in pork”.
Read the Colorado Independent article here.
“Doug Lamborn’s reckless position on earmarks doesn’t just put him at odds with Robert Blaha. It puts him at odds with the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, John McCain, and the millions of conservative Americans who are fed up with Washington’s good ole boy system and all the reckless spending it brings” said Farah. ”The Congressman can argue all day long about what the definition of an earmark is, but that’s not the point. The undisputed fact is that millions of our taxpayer dollars were funneled by Doug Lamborn to Doug Lamborn donors.”
For fact check on all ads related to ‘Earmark Madness’ please visit www.therealdouglamborn.com.
For more information, or to schedule an interview with Robert, please contact Ashlee Springer at 719.930.3964 or email BlahaMedia@gmail.com.