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Dish the DeLay Dirt About Your Rep!

Now that the DeLay Rankings web page is up and running, we'd love to hear from you. Is your representative way up there on the list? Do you have any other information about how cozy he or she is with Tom DeLay? Maybe you have a news clip to share about your representative attending a fundraiser with the majority leader. Maybe you know that your representative carried water for DeLay on a particular piece of legislation.

Brick by brick a wall is built... how does it crumble?

Anne Kornblut of the New York Times has a piece leading off the "Week In Review" section today, complete with a huge picture of a smiling Tom DeLay with hand outstretched, that answers the question, Why are Republicans standing by their man?

Her answers are found here (emphasis added):

Associated Press: DeLay and Abramoff talked daily

From Sharon Theimer of AP:

The Northern Marianas billing and correspondence records of Abramoff's former lobbying firm, Preston Gates, were obtained by The Associated Press under an open records request approved by the island government.

Picking up the tab

Why do I continue to be shocked by this?

About ten years ago, colleagues of mine sat down with a very prominent Democratic Party operative after Bill Clinton had won the 1992 presidential election. My colleagues argued that the public was increasingly cynical about how legislation was bought by the biggest donors. The prominent operative interrupted and said, "If the American public really knew what happened in Washington, they'd come and burn the place down."

Slowed to a trickle because of the drip, drip, drip

According to a story by Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News (registration required), DeLay's legal defense fund's receipts slowed to just $50,000 in the first quarter of this year, as compared to the $430,000 it took in for the last half of 2004.

ABC News does DeLay, too

Last night, reporter Brian Ross of ABC News got into the act with an investigative story on a trip Tom DeLay took to the Northern Marianas Islands with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. DeLay returned the favor by killing legislation to improve worker conditions and pay on the island, a US commonwealth which has an exemption from many labor laws, including the minimum wage.

Open Letter to Congress

Today, Public Campaign Action Fund sent this letter to every Member of Congress:

April 6, 2005

Dear Member of Congress:

Today two major newspapers report two more scandals swirling around House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. His scandals distract Congress from the important work before you. We urge you to ask Tom DeLay to step down from Congress so that you can concentrate on the job you came to Washington to do.

DeLay's Bankruptcy "DEFORM" Bill

During last year’s election, DeLay claimed ultimate power in advancing his own agenda, telling a reporter, “As majority leader, there isn’t a piece of legislation that makes it to the floor of the House without me saying so.” When the Senate was considering the bankruptcy bill in early March, the Majority Leader pledged fast action: “We will grab hold of it just like we did class action if it is a good and clean bankruptcy reform bill.” That's exactly what the Senate did.

How many members of Congress knew this before following him on Schiavo?

Los Angeles Times:

DeLay's Own Tragic Crossroads

by Walter F. Roche Jr. and Sam Howe Verhovek

Convenient the Ethics Committee is closed.

From Congress Daily: