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"Tom, Jack and Friends:" A "Cheat Sheet"

It can be hard keeping your Congressional scandals and the whole cast of characters straight. Luckily, TPMCafe.com has provided us with a cheat sheet. A who's who in the world of political scandal. In "Tom, Jack, and Friends," Josh Eidelson offers his nominees for scandalized lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s "top six associates of questionable repute."

"Too Much Texas Influence" in Iowa

James Berge of Kensett, Iowa writes to the Globe-Gazette that his representative in Congress, Tom Latham, has chosen to vote for the good of Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his state of Texas, rather than for the good of the people he serves in Iowa.

How much is $1.5 billion?

DeLay slipped in a provision into the energy bill that could direct $1.5 billion to an energy consortium in his district, including big oil companies like Halliburton. We're urging people to contact their Senators to do whatever it takes to get the provision removed from the bill.

We've come up with a few ways to measure just exactly how much $1.5 billion really is...

1.5 billion dollar bills would cover more than 58 square miles, or 3397 football fields.

Thanks, Congress, for Failing to Lower Gas Prices...

The New York Times reports today that Senate and House negotiators have reached an agreement on broad energy legislation that is expected to be up for votes in the House Wednesday and the Senate Thursday.

DeLay and Drug Companies: Best Friends Forever

"It's not hard to put a dollar figure on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's importance to corporate America," write Bloomberg News' Michael Forsythe and Jonathan D. Salant. "For drug makers, his support is worth $13 billion; for petrochemical companies, it could be as much as $375 billion.

MTBE...It's Baaaaaaaaaaaaack

Remember how cozy Tom DeLay is with manufacturers of MTBE, the gasoline additive that has polluted groundwater throughout the nation? DeLay was one of the lead supporters of a provision in the House Energy bill approved last April that protects these manufacturers from lawsuits filed by communities with drinking water fouled by this poisonous chemical.

On Tuesday the Senate has passed its version of the energy legislation without the MTBE provision.

Golf & Corporate Scandals: The Republican Baseball & Apple Pie

The lure of the green might be too much for most Republicans to handle, according to a recent article by Michael Crowley for Slate.com. With all of the talk of money in politics and lobbyist-funded luxury getaways these days, you might think I'm talking about money. But no, in this case it is the lure of the golf course.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE, TOM DELAY: A Decade Of (Dubious) Achievement

May 2005
Dogged by scandal for his unethical behavior, Tom DeLay is “saluted” at the Capital Hilton at a gala sponsored by the American Conservative Union. More than 100 of DeLay’s constituents respond by sending him a letter critical of his decision to celebrate while he neglects the needs of people in his district.

May 2004

You have GOT to be kidding...

Okay, so this is a little off topic -- normally we focus on all things DeLay. But we couldn't resist:

Rep. Mike Bilirakis (R-FL) spoke very candidly to Anita Kumar at the St. Petersburg Times about what motivates him to take a special interest-funded trip. Blackjack.

The Tom DeLay Energy Bill

The New York Times reports that Tom DeLay is the main force behind a provision in the about-to-be-debated energy bill to funnel up to $2 billion over 10 years into research for recovering oil and gas from the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.