This just came “over the transom” from the Ron Shepston Campaign for Congress. Apparently, Gary Miller just got himself into more trouble. He’s (again) using public money to enrich himself.
CA-42 Congressional Candidate Ron Shepston Calls on Rep. Gary Miller to Reimburse Taxpayers for $1.28 Million Earmark to Improve Development Miller Owns
Contact: Erik Zeil, Campaign Manager
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Silverado- Today, Avionics Engineer and CA-42 Congressional Candidate, Ron Shepston, called on Rep. Gary Miller to immediately reimburse the taxpayers $1.28 million for an earmark that benefited Miller’s development business.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
“Gary Miller should reimburse the taxpayers for earmarks that help his personal business,” said Shepston. “Like almost everyone else in this country, I work hard, pay my taxes and worry about my financial future. I don’t think my tax dollars should be used to personally enrich Gary Miller and his biggest campaign contributor.”
In the 2005 highway bill, Miller inserted an earmark for road improvements to Diamond Bar Village, a residential and commercial development that Rep. Miller co-owns with Lewis Operating his biggest campaign contributor. According to law, Members of the House are prohibited from, “taking any official actions for the prospect of personal gain for themselves or anyone else.”
Members of Miller’s Congressional staff have stated on the record that “There was never a clear line between what was Congressional business and what was just business. The expectation was that you would do both.” LA Times 2.12.06
“Rep. Miller has abused the public trust. Earmarking federal funds to pay for road improvements by developments you and your biggest campaign contributor own is not acceptable. There is a clear line between right and wrong and Rep. Miller has crossed it.”
Ron Shepston is an avionics engineer and veteran.