June 19, 1989 |
A Colorado businessman said Sunday he had to pay $20,000 to win passage of a bill authored by state Sen. Joseph Montoya (D-Whittier) and also to pay for lavish lunches and a hotel room for a Montoya aide and a "lady friend." Robin Kerns of Ft. Collins said he later ran out of money and refused to pay a $1,500 monthly retainer to Fred Shanbour, a lobbyist recommended by Montoya. As a result, he said, the law he wanted passed is now due to expire in the next two or three years. Kerns and his business partner, C.H. Carter, were flown to Sacramento at government expense and interviewed for more than three hours Friday by an FBI agent and federal prosecutor investigating Montoya and his relationship to various lobbyists.