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Disclosure filings show DeLay's legal defense fund and liabilities mounting

Here's the AP story, and here's the New York Times.

DeLay raised $439,000 for his legal defense fund (but no more from American Airlines, Nissan, and Verizon, thanks to the American Progress Action Fund's Drop the Hammer campaign. He has up to $315,000 in liabilities to three firms, as of the end of 2004.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Hastings Should Appoint Outside Counsel

Following yesterday's revelations about Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings' close relationship to the lobbying firm that hosted Jack Abramoff sleazy dealings, the Seattle P-I weighs in and says it's not credible that Hastings can impartially oversee an investigation into Tom DeLay.

News Round-up

Facts on the Attack?

Mike Soraghan writes up Colorado Rep. Bob Beauprez's #2 spot on the DeLay rankings in today's Denver Post. Beauprez spokesman Jordan Stoick calls the rankings the work of "an attack group," and refuses to respond to the fact that Beauprez has taken $20,000 in campaign contributions from ARMPAC, given $1,000 to DeLay's legal defense, and voted with the Majority Leader 96% of the time.

How close is your member of Congress to Tom DeLay?

We've answered that question with The DeLay Rankings at

With the ethical cloud hanging over DeLay and the tribute to him scheduled for Thursday in DC (how tone deaf is he?), we felt it was time people around the country started asking their member of Congress, Just how close are you to Tom DeLay?

Call on Hastert to Appoint Outside Counsel

In response to the news that Reps. Cole and Smith were recusing themselves, Public Campaign Action Fund put out the statement below:

Watchdog Group Calls on Hastert to Appoint Outside Counsel on DeLay

Corporate America: "Uncle"

Congrats to our friends at American Progress Action Fund.

With an innovative, citizen lobbying effort, they forced three major corporations to pledge to not to give any additional funds to pay for Tom DeLay's legal defense. American Airlines, Nissan and Verizon all made that pledge.

Keep up the pressure on Bacardi and RJ Reynolds by visiting

Tuesday News Round-up

Friends to the End?

Wes Allison of the St. Petersburg Times writes that Delay has spent a lot of money cultivating the kind of friends who’ll stand by you when your ethical shortcomings become a distraction from your work.

"He takes very good care of his members, he understands their needs, and then when he needs to get votes for an issue, he's got a lot of good will built up," said Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo.

Statement on Hastert's decision to roll back ethics rules

Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement today regarding the reversal of the House Ethics rules by its executive director, Nick Nyhart:

"The House leadership does not deserve praise for reverting to old ethics rules. The Ethics Committee is stacked with those who have donated money to Tom DeLay's legal defense fund, or have received contributions from his PAC. Where else in America but in this Congress can a defendant place his cronies on the jury and pay them off while he's at it?"


Roll Call: Blunt's staffers, Rep. Gerlach donate to DeLay's legal defense

Roll Call takes a quick looksy at Tom DeLay's legal defense fund contributors, and finds this:

Newly released reports from DeLay’s Legal Expense Trust show that the fund received contributions of at least $250 each from six Blunt staffers from Jan. 1 to March 31. In total, the trust banked $48,000 and spent $34,000 in the quarter.

Not Exactly Rallying Around DeLay

Money is not exactly pouring into Tom DeLay's Legal Defense Fund, according to an Associated Press report. He collected $47,750 during the first three months of the year, comapred to $254,250 raised in the last three months of 2004. During the first three months of this year, DeLay also spent $34,000, largely on attorneys' fees.