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*update* Book wrong on Rep. Thompson's quid pro quo accusation


See Nov. 16 post, “Rep. Bennie Thompson noted in ‘Funds for Favors’ report

Information in the new book “Throw Them All Out” by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, suggests that Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson created a 2010 earmark benefiting a small California airport to appease Rep.  Nancy Pelosi, who had helped him become chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

However, the assertion is an error. The runway earmark was made by Rep. Mike Thompson of California.

Schweizer used information from reputable investigative reporting sites OpenSecrets.org and Legistorm, which import earmark data from Taxpayers for Common Sense. The MBJ has spoken with OpenSecrets and Taxpayers for Common Sense. It appears there may have been an initial confusion of the two Thompsons in the Taxpayers’ data. OpenSecrets has updated its information to reflect the most current Taxpayers’ information, which shows the earmark was made by the congressman from California.

Congressman Bennie Thompson’s office provided the MBJ with the 2010 conference report from the U.S. Department of Transportation, of which page 469 reflects the California representative’s activity.

Excerpt from the book:

“Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi inserted into the 2010 federal budget an earmark to expand a small regional airport. The airport was not in his district. It was not in the state of Mississippi. Indeed, it wasn’t even in the South. Thompson’s earmark was for $800,000 to upgrade the Napa Valley, California, airport — specifically, for a ‘runway 36L glidescope (sic).’

“Why would a congressman from Mississippi put in an earmark for an airport dubbed ‘Skyport to Wine Country’? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that Nancy Pelosi had contributed to his rise to the chairmanship of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The Pelosis own a vineyard and home in St.  Helena, California, worth between $5 million and $25 million, and another property nearby. They also own a stake in an exclusive resort called Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, worth between $1 million and $5 million. All of these properties are north of the airport, sitting beneath what had been the flight path for planes coming in to land. But with the new glideslope, according to the airport, more planes would be able to approach from the south. The Pelosi properties would be spared from overhead noise.”


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  1. Really Schweizer?

    Talk about a serious accusation! Our own MS congressman earmarking $800k for an airport just to prevent Pelosi the disturbance of noise pollution?

    On what planet is it logically feasible for him to conclude this conspiracy without making note of the fact that Napa Co. California has a local impact of $8.5 billon (2005 est.) in that area?

    I think this guy should lay off the meth. Geez!

  2. And this surprises anybody? #1, he’s a Democrat, #2, he’s a Democrat. I’ve looked and read many bills and things that he has to vote on and it’s NO for everything. He’s not out to help MS, it’s all about his friends in the WH and who can do the most for him.

  3. It’s a shame and the worst part is regardless of how angry this blatant misuse of power is there is absolutely nothing we can do about it nor is there any way to reverse this decision. Bennie Thompson is in a district in Mississippi that is overwhelmingly black and still runs on the evil white man platform. This insures his continued success in elections thus allowing continued abuse of power and position. The worst thing is I don’t think anyone even cares anymore. this is a mixed up country we live in

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