juls and dday have previously mentioned Kamburowski. I believe today’s SF Chronicle moves the ball forward with more info on him.
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.
The immigration story is a real doozy – that that isn’t the only thing about this guy.
According to the article, his previous boss said he was a complete failure at his job:
But Kamburowski’s former boss in the Dominican Republic resort town of Punta Cana — where Kamburowski worked until February — expressed astonishment that the Australian was hired for such an important financial job in a major political party.
“I wouldn’t give him my company to run, I can tell you that,” said Rico Pester, the owner of Re/Max Island Realty in the fashionable Caribbean beach region.
Pester said Kamburowski arrived in Punta Cana in the summer of 2006 and “was so successful that he couldn’t sell anything the whole time he was here — and we provided him with clients. He didn’t rent anything and he didn’t sell anything. … I have no idea what he was doing.”
Then, in February, Kamburowski “ran away without mentioning anything to us,” he said.
But in the GOP, of course, incompetence and problems with the law don’t matter – connections and loyalty are paramount.
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.
For three years, from 1997 until 2000, Kamburowski said he was executive director of the Norquist-affiliated Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, which aimed to name major monuments after the late president in all 50 states.
I’m glad they’re running their own organization into the ground and not just the governmental bodies that they manage to get control of.