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Josh Sabato who works for Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund protesting Congressman Richard Pombo's policies Wednesday in San Ramon
SAN RAMON — Congressman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, is one of several representatives the MoveOn.org political action group is targeting for supporting the Iraq War in its latest campaign.

The groups accusations, culled from a National Priorities organization analysis of the cost of the war, purports that taxpayers in the 11th Congressional District spent $974 million on Iraq.

It is outrageous that Representative Pombo has continued to support wasting our hard-earned dollars on Bushs fiasco in Iraq instead of spending that money here at home where its really needed, said Laura Reinhard, deputy political director for Peace Action West Voter Fund, which is partnering with MoveOn.org on the campaign.

The group staged a press conference Wednesday in San Ramons Central Park and then hand-delivered the Cost of Iraq report to Pombos San Ramon district office.

The two groups are calling for a new direction on the war.

Pombos Campaign Manager Carl Fogliani said the event was just another instance of organizations, rather than the candidates themselves, attempting to sway voters.

Pombo reiterated his stance that pulling out from the war in Iraq currently would not be a good decision.

The men and women of our Armed Services have performed exceptionally in Iraq and I will continue to support them as they complete their mission, he said in a statement. Withdrawing prematurely from Iraq would be a disaster.


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