corruption

From Green To Shiny Green

Recently released Abramoff email messages indicate that DeLay, via a phone call from the Majority Leader himself, demanded a $25,000 contribution for a GOP dinner from one of Abramoff's tribal clients. Abramoff passed on this message to the client and, voila, the money was donated within hours.

DeLay's ties to Abramoff are expanding from golfing and lavish trips to including the Majority Leader demanding money for GOP events and fundraisers (which is what the Justice Department and Senate investigators are looking at as well).

People to Congress: You're Corrupt

A short, three question AP/Ipsos public opinion poll (pdf):

How serious a problem is political corruption in the United States today? Would you say

Very serious -- 51
Somewhat serious -- 37
Not too serious -- 8
Not at all serious -- 3
Not sure -- 1

Total Serious -- 88
Total Not Serious -- 11

Big week for DeLay, GOP

As early as tomorrow, Texas Judge Pat Priest will reportedly determine whether DeLay will stand trial on criminal conspiracy and money laundering charges.

As AP writes up, this decision will likely decide whether or not the once Majority Leader becomes the once and future Majority Leader.

At issue are several developments:

The Public Has Grown Weary

Jeffrey H. Birnbaum of The Washington Post published an analysis on the public's growing discontent of the coziness between big money lobbyists and our elected officials in Washington, DC. Birnbaum writes that corruption in Washington as a front page issue is cyclical (occurring roughly every 10 years) but the most recent scandals have driven the public’s distrust of Congress to a new low.

Nationwide Coverage of Scanlon Plea

The Scanlon plea is headline news across the country with this being a popular headline: "Ex-DeLay aide pleads guilty in corruption case".

Hhhmmm...

Michael Hedges at the Houston Chronicle takes a closer look at DeLay's record fundraising for his legal defense fund, as well as some of the expenses. Since 2000, when the indicted former Majority Leader was first charged with a House Ethics violation, the fund has raked in $1.4 million.

To know him is to dislike him

From USA Today's national surveys dating back to 1999 when relatively few Americans knew Tom DeLay:

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Tom DeLay?

Favorable -- Unfavorable -- Never heard of -- No opinion

2005 Oct 21-23 20 -- 49 -- 17 -- 14
2005 Oct 13-16 18 -- 45 -- 20 -- 17

The ad DeLay's replacement doesn't want you to see

On Friday we launched a powerful new ad in Majority Leader Roy Blunt's Southwest Missouri district.

Very, very bad boys

Fiore focuses on Republican corruption, cronyism, and greed.

DeLay's defense

The indicted Tom DeLay has a choice. Play to the jury, or play to the public. Think selfishly about his own hide, or try to staunch the political wound cut deep into the Washington establishment he helped to build.

It's clear that he's pursuing the latter.