Congratulations Jerry For the 6th straight year Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Ca-41) has been voted as the most corrupt member of Congress (Judicial Watch, CREW, Down With Tyranny, etc.). No this is not continuation of the “Duke” Cunningham scandal, which was dropped under suspicious circumstances, there was lobbying and earmarking abuses with Bill Lowery, then there was the Canadian stock scandal with Audre Inc, then there was charges of violating election laws, then there was Molycorp Minerals’s who got a $3 million earmark after making contributions, then stock scandals, then under investigation for using campaign contributions to pay for legal fees, for all these corruption cases, and now he is under investigation again for earmarks to contributors. If it were you or me, we would be spending the rest of our lives in prison. But Lewis seems to flaunt his illegal activities, as a badge of being above the law. Lewis is a poster child of what is wrong with Congress.
Who He Works For
All of Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Ca. 41) major campaign contributors, mostly defense contractors, received multi-million dollar government contracts. From 2008-2010 Lewis sponsored 186 earmarks for $317,645,200, yes that is 317 Million. Of that money Zero went to jobs for the Inland Empire, Zero went to infrastructure, Zero went to homeowners. This money went to his corporate supporters, not his constituents. Lewis would have you believe that these earmarks were to support the troops, but he consistently votes against the troops (G. I. Bill expansion , troop rest periods , Defense Appropriation Authorizations , war funding, etc.). Check his voting record. Many members of congress voluntarily elected to reduce their salaries, not Lewis. Instead Lewis voted to cut Medicare payments to doctors. Lewis is already a multi-millionaire, at our expense. Lewis campaign slogan is “show me the money”.
Lewis doesn’t need much money anymore. The one time insurance salesman is no longer selling insurance to make ends meet. Just check his personal holdings and filings that he is required to make. He is worth millions now Government spending does not create jobs - they come from the backbone of our economy, small businesses. I will continue to fight for lower taxes to reduce the cost of government on the American citizen, to spur business growth, and create jobs. Voters in the Inland Empire have the historic opportunity to send a message that we cannot sustain the current runaway spending and government. I am proud to be on the front lines of the fight to rein in these terrible deficits, limit the growth of government and put America on the path to economic recovery. I am thankful for the support of my neighbors in this effort.
Earmarks requested by Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis for the coming fiscal year: Requested 89 Total $218,295,345 Personal ties Thirty-four of the earmarks, totaling $96,818,000, would benefit clients of law firm Innovative Federal Strategies, which has personal ties to Lewis. Last year Innovative Federal Strategies took in $3,845,000 in lobbying income. Of that amount, $1,350,000 -- about 35 percent -- was from clients for whom Lewis is now requesting earmarks. After the conviction of Duke Cunningham on bribery charges, Lewis' ties to lobbyists and local defense contractors came under greater scrutiny. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Lewis "has greenlighted hundreds of millions of dollars in federal projects for clients of one of his closest friends, lobbyist and former state Congressman Bill Lowery." On June 1, the San Bernardino Sun reported that the City of Redlands, Calif. and San Bernardino County, both clients of Lowery's law firm, had been subpoenaed in the federal investigation into possible lobbying and earmarking abuses by Lowery's firm and Lewis. Four days later it was revealed that two other clients of the law firm had also been subpoenaed, Cal State University San Bernardino and Riverside County, Calif. Investigators are paying particularly close attention to Jeffrey Shockey, who shuttled between Lewis' office and Lowery's firm. On June 6, three more cities, Loma Linda, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms, stated that they had been issued subpoenas.  Yet another city joined them on June 14, as Highland announced it had been issued a subpoena. The total number of clients of Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White that have been issued subpoenas totals eight to date. On June 13, the city of Redlands was reported to be considering terminating its' relationship with the lobbying group and on July 7th, the city council voted unanimously to do just that.
After being subpoenaed, the San Bernardino Sun reported that the San Bernardino Country released 3,500 pages of documents showing the relationship between Jerry Lewis and the Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White lobbying firm. The documents show that the county used the firm to create “strategies to get federal funding,” work on “problems with endangered species,” and to “arrange meetings with senator and Congressmen". This includes meetings with Congressman Lewis.  On June 16, the Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White lobbying firm announced that it was splitting into two groups as a result of increased media scrutiny. Partners Bill Lowery, Jean Denton, and Letitia White comprised the group expected to lead the existing full service consulting firm, while partners James Copeland and Lynn Jacquez left in order to form a separate partnership. Each of the involved partners remain focused on their client work, including discussing issues on Capitol Hill and working with regulatory agencies. On June 29, it was reported that the Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White lobbying firm failed to report $2 million in lobbying fees. Corrections were made once a federal investigation was launched, but these 90 revised disclosures to Congress led to a realization that figures had been misreported from 1998 to 2005. According to one legal expert, the firm is in "serious trouble."
Lowery's firm employs Lewis' ex-chief of staff Letitia White, who is "is good at what she does." White was known as the gatekeeper to contractors seeking appropriations from Lewis. From her position on Lewis' staff she helped direct hundreds of millions of dollars to clients of Lowery. She was lavished with dinners and gifts by lobbyists and contractors like Brent Wilkes and Lowery because of her ability to influence Lewis. One Lockheed Martin official stated that she "controls" Lewis.
In late 2002, Lewis cut White’s pay by $11,000, making her annual salary only $80 under the legal limit which would have prevented her from entering a private lobbying firm immediately after leaving Lewis’ office in January 2003.  On June 8, 2006, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Tom Casey, founder of Audre Inc., told NBC News that Lewis asked him for favors at a time when he was lobbying Congress for federal contracts. In 1993, Casey claims that Lewis requested he provide Canadian stock options to several Lewis’ associates, including Bill Lowery. The request for Canadian stock was reportedly driven by the fact that the Vancouver
One day after a New York investment group raised $110,000 for Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, the House passed a defense spending bill that preserved $160 million for a Navy project critical to the firm."
Lewis, Lewis' aide in charge of tracking defense appropriations "is a military officer on the Pentagon's payroll, an apparent violation of House rules and a possible conflict of interest". Department of Defense regulations state that military personnel can work on committee staffs but not on the personal staff of an individual member. Lewis' aide, Marine Lt. Col. Michael Kime, has apparently worked for Lewis since 2001 while being on the Pentagon payroll. Congressional watchdogs call Kime's role a conflict of interest and defense experts state that his position may give the Marines greater leverage over contracts and earmarks in the Appropriations Committee.
On February 22, 2006 The Hill reported that the Pentagon was recalling Kime from Lewis's office. Kime's "service for Lewis appeared to violate the Members' Congressional Handbook issued by the Committee for House Administration, which defines a detailee as a 'non-congressional federal employee assigned to a committee for a period of up to one year.' The handbook also states that 'detailees may not be assigned to a member office' and cites the relevant section of U.S. law: 2 USC Section 72a(f)."
On October 16, 2006, Lewis fired all sixty of the House Appropriations Committee's contract investigators. See the Congresspedia article on the committee for full details.
A mining company owned by Goldman Sachs and two private equity funds is in line to get a $3 million earmark for work at a rare earth elements mine in Mountain Pass, Calif. — raising questions as to why Congress would take on some of the risk for a bailed-out investment giant that’s already making a profit. Molycorp Minerals’s open-pit mine is one of the world’s richest sources of elements that are used in the production of powerful magnets for precision-guided missiles and smart bombs, handheld communication devices, wind turbines and hybrid cars. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) inserted the earmark for the mine into the House Defense appropriations bill, and backers say it’s a legitimate national security concern. The military needs rare earth elements, and China — which is rich in them — has threatened to cut off exports. But some government watchdogs question whether taxpayers should be asked to prop up a project that is already funded by wealthy investors who expect to make a profit.
Nothing will change unless we demand it,