Sunday, June 24, 2007

An illegal immigrant and tort reformer is now the COO of the California GOP and is suing the Department of Homeland Security

This is so ironic on so many levels one hardly knows where to start. I take it that anyone with a 6th grade reading level can figure it out so here are some highlights.

"Michael Kamburowski, the Australian immigrant hired as a top official in the California Republican Party, was ordered deported in 2001, jailed three years later for visa violations -- and has filed a $5 million wrongful arrest lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Kamburowski was named in March to be the chief operating officer of the California GOP. He is responsible for the state party's multimillion-dollar budget and oversees campaign funds and financing for the nation's largest state GOP organization."


"Kamburowski's resume states that he worked from November 1995 until December 2000 on a series of projects for Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform -- including lobbying on issues of immigration reform and H1B visas, and tort reform. News stories from 1999 cite his work at the Norquist group with Nehring to push for "paycheck protection" measures that would bar the collection of union dues for political purposes."


"Kamburowski filed a $5 million lawsuit in December 2005, charging that the Department of Homeland Security had illegally imprisoned him, and that as a result, he suffered "severe emotional stress and embarrassment" as well as "significant financial hardship'' which caused him to lose a job -- charges immigration officials deny in court documents.

Kamburowski's attorney said Friday that Kamburowski was a legal U.S. resident who had been wrongly jailed.

"I was present when this went down, and I went through the file and showed" the agents that the deportation order was problematic, DiRaimondo said.

Nevertheless, he maintains that immigration agents arrested Kamburowski and jailed him for 30 days; while behind bars, Kamburowski lost his job for failing to report to work, the lawyer said.

But Kamburowski's current resume -- which states his objective is "to play a major role in the reshaping of the California Republican Party into a hyper-effective political organization'' -- shows no employment from 2000-2006. Sources said that during at least some of those years he called himself an aspiring actor, and occasionally worked in desk clerk jobs before he eventually tried his hand at selling real estate in New York and the Dominican Republic, which he left in February.

One month later, the board of directors of the California Republican Party approved Kamburowski's hiring to head up financial operations handling millions of dollars in campaign funds. GOP state chair Nehring, in making the announcement, called Kamburowski a "national issue management specialist,'' who as an Australian immigrant "was inspired by Ronald Reagan to come to America."

What a typical, extremely hypocritical conservative he is. He definitely sounds like he belongs in the GOP!

I forgot to mention he has been married twice and for very short periods of time since he has lived here. I wonder if he was trying to help his immigration status? Nah, that couldn't possibly be true.

Read the rest of the story here.

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