This week in Heather Wilson history
In her own words: Wilson touts earmark for company that gave tens-of-thousands from execs
Five years ago this week, then Congresswoman Heather Wilson inserted a $2,000,000 defense department earmark for a company whose executives gave her thousands in campaign contributions.
The earmark, to the Lumidigm company, was for the “Development of a Robust, Mobile Multispectral Fingerprint Capture Device Employing Multispectral Imaging Technology,” essentially a fancy fingerprint reader, was sponsored by Wilson and introduced into the conference report after the House passed the appropriation bill on August 5, 2007.
When introducing the earmark, Wilson failed to disclose that she had taken at least $17,000 in campaign contributions from executives and lobbyists from Lumidigm and two other associated companies before the vote. Wilson received another $1,000 in 2008 from Lumidigm’s president after the bill and appropriation passed.
Wilson appeared at the Lumidigm company in 2007 just 11 days after the House appropriation bill passed to speak about the earmark to company executives. Lumidigm president Robert Harbour introduced Wilson and spoke favorably about the earmark but failed to mention the campaign contributions.
Watch Wilson in her own words on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdU8TDvDJLk)
From the Lumidigm YouTube channel: Lumidigm hosted Congresswoman Heather Wilson on August 17, 2007 as she announced that her $2M request for a Lumidigm project is part of the 2008 Defense Appropriations Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on August 6. Lumidigm Chairman and CEO Bob Harbor introduced Rep. Wilson.
A similar appropriation designation from Wilson to TruTouch, a Lumidigm-associated company, is currently the subject of an inquiry by the New Mexico Attorney General after it was disclosed that Wilson directed Bernalillo County officials to allow the TruTouch company to write the grant proposal for an open-source proposal which TruTouch ultimately won.