Sunday, January 08, 2006

Western Cotton Research Lab: More on Congressman Pastor's relationships with lobbyists

Congressman Ed Pastor's relationship with lobbyists goes beyond sponsoring legislation that circumvents the well established process for acquiring surplus federal lands. The Congressman is a member of a small group of Congressional legislators that has a lobbyist as a treasurer for both his campaign committee and his leadership Political Action Committee (PAC).

The Center for Public Integrity conducted a study of Lobbyists who are Political Committee Treasurers and found the following:

Lobbyist Arthur Chapa served as Treasurer for the Pastor for Arizona campaign.

Representative Pastor also has a PAC, Pastor's PAC, and its treasurer is Dennis Deconcini the former Senator from Arizona and a founding member of the Keating Five.

Here's an interesting tidbit about Mr. Chapa. He was once president of the Arizona Board of Regents. In 1997, the Board authorized the sale at public auction of the former Cotton Research Center property, located in Phoenix, Arizona which was owned by the University of Arizona. Mr. Chapa was not president of the Board at that time but, according to the minutes of the meeting, was a Board member.

The post 'Western Cotton Research Lab: Lobbyists ask for land back from federal government but not from University of Arizona' looks into the history of the Cotton Research Center.


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