California Third Congressonal Race Heats Up; Lungren the Loopholer?

Bera launches 'LoopholeLungren' site The race between Republican Dan Lungren and Democrat Dr. Ami Berra for California's Th...

Bera launches 'LoopholeLungren' site

The race between Republican Dan Lungren and Democrat Dr. Ami Berra for California's Third Congressional district heated up yesterday when Bera's campaign launched a new website called LoopholeLungren.com.

The site features a 2007 ABC News story highlighting a junket Lungren and his wife took to Hawaii by exploiting a loophole in the “Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.” To get around the rules barring direct gifts, the sponsor of the junket, American Airport Executive’s, held a fundraiser for Lungren at the Hawaiian resort who was thereby able to charge the expense to his campaign's warchest.

Lungren reportedly spent about a half and hour talking at conference and spent the balance of the time at the resort's pool.

"I don’t understand what you have such a big deal about pools," Lungren said when asked about the junket. "I’m a California kid; I grew up around pools. We do a lot of business around pools."

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