Monday, July 07, 2008

McClintock's campaign manager has ties to scandals involving Reps. Doolittle and Young

The son of Tom McClintock's campaign manager is employed by the lobbyist who's at the center of the scandal involving Rep. Don Young and a controversial $10 million Coconut Road, FL, earmark.

This spring, McClintock relocated 350 miles to Northern California so he could run in the race to replace Rep. John T. Doolittle in the state's 4th CD. Doolittle is under investigation in the wake of the Abramoff scandal and decided not to seek re-election.

McClintock's campaign manager is GOP political operative John Feliz. Feliz has ties to Doolittle, Richard Pombo and others who've been the targets of recent corruption probes. In fact, Feliz helped Doolittle in his first run for public office and the pair were subsequently fined for violating California election laws.

John Feliz's son, Daniel "Dan" Feliz is a rookie D.C. lobbyist employed by Potomac Partners D.C. That firm was started by Richard "Rick" Alcalde.

It was recently revealed that Alcalde is one of Rep. Don Young's "A-Team" of lobbyists who reportedly has unfettered access to Young staffers.

As it turns out, Alcalde and the younger Feliz represent Daniel Aronoff's Landon Companies.

Aronoff is the Michigan developer who raised thousands for Young, flew him around in a private jet and stood to benefit from Young's redirecting of the $10 million Coconut Road earmark.

The U.S. Senate in rare action has directed that the Justice Department open an investigation into the matter placing Alcalde (and Dan Feliz) at the heart of the investigation.

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